Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele
Vice President Joe Biden; House Speaker Paul Ryan

A lot of political movement in the past few weeks: Vice President Joe Biden announced that he would not be throwing his hat into the presidential ring, and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was elected speaker of the House Thursday. 

It has me reminiscing. These two guys, hands down, were responsible for some of the best political theater in the nation's recent history. Who can forget their showdown during the 2012 presidential elections? Joe Biden, the incumbent vice president, going up against then-GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's pick for VP, Paul Ryan, a young and wide-eyed (compared to Biden) congressman representing Wisconsin's 1st District.


Democrats needed Biden to to go in because, well, President Barack Obama had stunk up the place during his first presidential debate against Romney. And boy, did Biden deliver. 

He forced Ryan to explain his economic policies for the American people and then laughed when Ryan tried to go deep into the weeds. Biden called Ryan's bluff, saying that the Romney-Ryan economic policies were "mathematically impossible." Yep, Biden laughed, smiled and grinned at nearly everything Ryan said, the way this guy did in his "Why You Lying?" video that went viral on social media.

Check out some of the best moments from the 2012 debate below:

Let's bid farewell to Biden as he enjoys these last months in the White House and a hearty good luck to Ryan as he tries to work with a recalcitrant, all-over-the-place, Republican-controlled Congress. 


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Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.


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