“We know you’re worried about the changes the family’s been going through.” Colbert said, insinuating the reaction following the election of Donald Trump. “It happens to every family, but I’m telling you, this terrible feeling you’re having right now, it’s not permanent. It’ll be over in four years, maybe eight.”
Colbert and Biden then constructed a series of metaphors to help reassure viewers that things should be okay in Trump’s America. “You’ve got to always do your best to mow the lawn. Doesn’t the matter that somebody else is about to get the job of mowing the lawn after you, even though as far as you can tell that person has never touched a lawnmower in their life,” Colbert said.
“Look kid, it doesn’t matter who’s mowing it. The point is, it’s the greatest lawn in the world, and no matter our differences, we’re all responsible for its upkeep,” Biden said. “I’ve got to believe that, in their heart, the next mower is going to do the best they can to make sure that lawn, that everyone feels safe to have a picnic on it.” But his best joke was when Colbert told Biden to teach America about “the birds and the bees” and Biden immediately said: “They’re both disappearing at an alarming rate. Both bird and bee populations, they’re plummeting.”
Earlier in the day, Biden sent shockwaves through Washington when he told a reporter that he would be running for president in 2020. “Sure, what the hell, why not,” Biden reasoned to the reporter in response to the 2020 question. On The Late Show, the Vice President admitted it’s unlikely he’ll seek the Oval Office, but he’ll “never say never.”
“I’m a great respecter of fate. I don’t plan on running again but to say you know what’s going to happen in four years is irrational,” Biden said. “I can’t see the circumstance in which I’d run, but … You don’t know what’s going to happen.”