19 photos of vice presidents 'working'10/11/2012
As current officeholder Joe Biden and V.P.-hopeful Paul Ryan prepare to debate tonight, the knock on the job of vice president is that it’s one of the most (choose one) — thankless, redundant, useless, loneliest — gigs in American politics. You’re one step away from the highest office in the land, but in reality, you have no real power or defined role, besides breaking a tie in the Senate and sometimes being sexy. Ask the average citizen, and they’ll be hard-pressed to say just what the veep does. Most of the time, like a small-town beauty queen, the position seems to be mostly ceremonial — throw out a first pitch, show up at a state fair, congratulate a kid on winning a spelling bee. Above are our favorite images of vice presidents “on the job.”
Do you think the vice president is important?