**Please note that this campaign has absolutely NO affiliation with the Obama/Biden campaign or the Democratic Party. We're just a bunch of Farkers who think this is funny. If we can help some people while getting these lulz, even better.**
**If you have any questions regarding this campaign, please read the FAQ. If that still doesn't answer your question, send your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org**
Joe Biden loved his Trans Am. As soon as it reached about 40 degrees in Scranton, PA, Ole Joe would pull the cover off of his beloved beauty and spend hours detailing her immaculate curves. He'd often be overheard murmuring how sweet his "Bird" was which was completely opposite to his normally gruff demeanor. It also made certain Senate Foreign Relations Committee meetings very awkward.
Senator Biden, now Vice President Biden, has always been known for his fiery and passionate speech and mannerisms. But when he looked at the Bird, he'd hitch up his jorts, rip off of his shirt sleeves and chug a sixer of Ice House.
It was love.
Then came the Great Recession. Biden tried to maintain his Trans AM through 2009, but with the soaring gas prices and the Republican pressure to destroy everything that was General Motors, he was unable to do so. He ended up selling her to a young man about to go to war in Iraq. There were tears in his eyes when he gave the Bird away, but he knew she would be in a better place.
Flash forward to Friday, October 12, 2012...
Unfortunately, not everything on the internet is true, no matter what the internet tries to tell you. Over the past four years one of the internet's favorite political memes is of "Uncle Joe Biden." It started with an Onion article which poked fun at the Vice President because of his blue collar mannerisms and forthright speech when discussing... well... anything.
Joe Biden has made a career about speaking what he means, regardless if it is in his best political interest or if it is the "politically correct" thing to say. Because of this he endures jokes regarding his "gaffes" and verbal miscues; and America (and some of the rest of the world) laugh and chuckle about this Homer Vice President of ours.
All the while, Joe Biden has calmly and quietly been an incredible Vice President. He was one of the first politicians to publicly embrace gay marriage and may have been personally responsible for President Obama coming out in favor of gay marriage and the subsequent change in the Democratic Party's platform. He is also a stunningly intelligent politician who understands the nuance of foreign and domestic policy. He is also not afraid to show disdain for factually deficient arguments.
In order to let Vice President Biden know just how much we appreciate him, while also making a very silly part of the internet come true (we are the internet after all), let's buy Uncle Joe a Trans Am like the one that is featured in The Onion’s article.
Now, Uncle Joe won't be able to accept this behemoth of steely American grace and power. He has these pesky laws and regulations and political-y things to deal with. Taking into consideration his magnanimity and power of personality, he probably wouldn't be able to drive the Trans AM without the gnashing of teeth and wailing of women anyways. .
So the internet will purchase the car and auction it off for charity. All proceeds will be distributed to the Biden Breast Health Initiative, Doctors Without Borders, the Wounded Warrior Project and GLAAD.
Maybe if we ask nicely, Joe Biden will wash it on the White House lawn.
Our goal is to raise $25,000 for some very worthwhile charities and have a great time while we do it - all in true internet style.
Here are some specifics:
- If we reach our target goal we will purchase a Trans Am like the one in The Onion's article, drive it to D.C., and [hopefully] have Joe Biden and the car mug for the camera on the White House lawn.
- The car will then be auctioned off and all proceeds will be distributed evenly to the Biden Breast Health Initiative, Doctors Without Borders, the Wounded Warrior Project, and GLAAD.
- If we DON'T reach our target amount of $25,000, whatever amount we DO reach will be distributed evenly among those same four charities.
- Any money received above the $25,000 goal will also be distributed evenly among those same four charities.
Q: Are you guys serious?
A: Well, we're serious about this, but not much else.
Q: How did this start?
A: A Farker by the handle "Hack Patooey" suggested that the Internet should buy Joe Biden a Trans Am. After some discussion in the thread it was determined that the lulz would be too much to pass up. This site was started and the wonderful denizens of Fark started to donate and spread the word.
Q: So this was just a random thing... give a Trans Am to the Vice President?
A: The original impetus of this campaign was an article published in The Onion, a satirical publication, describing Joe Biden washing a Trans Am in the driveway of the White House. This has become one of the more amusing political memes: the plain talking Joe Biden as everyman, the guy who would pound a tallboy of Icehouse and spend an afternoon detailing his Trans Am.
Q: Are you really going to give Joe Biden a Trans Am?
A: Yes. Should a car be purchased, we will find a replica and miniature Trans Am of a similar year and color to give to him. The actual Trans Am will hopefully be auctioned off with the proceeds going to benefit our four charities.
Q: OK... so what ARE you going to do with the Trans Am?
A: Ideally, we're going to buy the car, get it to Washington, D.C. and hopefully have the Vice President take a photo with it. Whether or not that works out, we'll be auctioning the Trans Am and the proceeds will be donated to four charities.
Q: "The obama/biden "think I can but don't have a clue how" clown team has been bumbling its way through this economy for almost 4 years now. How does the looney left reward them? Buy biden a car. Thanks for ruining the middle class, here's the keys. Proving once again, the incredibly stupid thinking power of the obamoron rubes."
A: This isn't a political thing. It is an Internet thing. For some reason people cannot comprehend this.ALL PROCEEDS ARE GOING TO CHARITY.
Q: Which charities will be getting the money?
A: Doctors Without Borders, GLAAD, The Wounded Warrior Project and The Biden Breast Health Initiative. Each will receive 25% of the funds at the end of the project.
Q: Why not donate the money directly to charity?
A: Because this way we get to have some fun and hopefully use the popularity of the Vice President, the silliness of making a meme become a reality and the nature of the Internet to make it possible to donate even more to these great causes.
And because we're buying a biatchin' Trans Am for the Vice President!
Q: What happens if you don't raise the target of $25,000?
A: If we're close enough we'll probably try to get the Trans Am and roll with it anyway.
If we don't make enough to get the Trans Am and cover costs to get it to DC, the funds will be distributed directly to the four charities in equal amounts. We will still send a die-cast Trans Am with a card of all contributors’ names/avatars to the Vice President. :)
Q: What happens if you raise MORE than the target of $25,000?
A: Anything not spent on donor perks, the Trans Am, taxes, licensing and delivery will be divided equally among the four charities.
Q: Is anyone on this team getting a share of this money?
A: Not one thin dime. Everything that isn't going to expenses like IndieGoGo's fee, donor perk costs, taxes and so forth will go to the charities. Nobody here will be taking any money you donate.
Q: How can we be sure this isn't a scam?
A: Well, we've got a lot of credibility on Fark; the admins there know who we are and the creator of this IndeiGoGo campaign is a lawyer who is not going to risk his law license to take money away from charities. But in the end, we can't really give you ironclad assurance; this is not a 501(c) or anything like that.
If you don't feel comfortable contributing to this campaign, please consider a direct contribution to one of our four charities. That really is the ultimate goal here.
Q: Is my donation tax-deductible?
A: No. If you want to make a tax-deductible donation, you can directly donate to the causes in question.
Q: This is stupid, Joe Biden can afford his own Trans Am!
A: Please, for all that is holy and sacred please read the above part of the FAQ. Then read the front page of this campaign and then watch the YouTube video. All explain that the Trans Am will be auctioned with the proceeds going to charitable causes. We're trying to make a silly meme a reality while helping some awesome causes.
Q: Why should I support this? I hate Joe Biden!
A: If you don't want to support our campaign, please consider a direct donation to one or more of the charities we're supporting.
Q: Who's behind this?
A: This started with several Farkers. The original suggestion was by "Hack Patooey", the IndieGoGo campaign created by "RichieLaw", the video created by "coeyagi" and the voiceover for the video and other flacking by "Cyclometh". Many others have helped out by contributing ideas in the Fark threads, posting links, tweets and FB statuses. We would also like to thank the staff at Fark, Drew and “Unfreakable” for allowing us to keep the links viable and letting us use their corner of the internet for our brainstorming.
Q: Why does the lousy t-shirt use Comic Sans font?
A: For the lulz.
Please note that perks may be updated through the course of the campaign. In order to do this we have to delete the prior perk. I apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause as you will have to come back and claim the new perk. Also, at the end of the campaign we will go through the contributors and make sure that even if they did not claim a perk that they receive the level of perk their donation qualifies for.
New $15 Perk (will be included on all perks $15 and above):
Includes a silicon wrist band that says, "It's a BFD #GiveJoeTheBird".
NEW $25 Perk (as of now will be included on all perks $25 and above):
More perk information! We are currently looking at different options for offering more perks. The difficulty is finding something that will be a good return for the campaign. The goal here is to get as much money to the charities as possible, so we do not want to spend a lot of money on the perks.
If anyone has an idea for additional perks or would like to donate something to use for our perks, please contact email@example.com.
Perks in the Works:
Limited edition Fark designed t-shirt. This will be the product of a photoshop and caption contests onFark. It will likely be in the $40 - $60 range once we determine the cost of printing and shipping.