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The White House's "We the People" website has been employed for both practical requests and practical jokes since being launched in September 2011. Users successfully petitioned for the release of the White House beer recipe in September of last year, and in November, voters in some states circulated petitions calling for their states to secede from the union following President Obama's reelection.

If the petition earns 25,000 signatures in the next calendar month, the White House promises an official response. 

Biden has seen a surge in interest since his increasingly prominent roles brokering the "fiscal cliff" deal with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump's plan to claw back spending hits wall in Congress GOP lawmakers want Trump to stop bashing Congress Parkland father calls out Trump, McConnell, Ryan after Santa Fe shooting MORE (R-Ky.) and his appointment to head the president's commission on gun violence. On Thursday, C-SPAN aired the vice president's colorful swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill, where he greeted — and flirted with — newly elected Senators and their families.

Biden joked to Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampOvernight Defense: Senate confirms Haspel as CIA chief | Trump offers Kim 'protections' if he gives up nukes | Dem amendments target Trump military parade Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers target Chinese tech giants | Dems move to save top cyber post | Trump gets a new CIA chief | Ryan delays election security briefing | Twitter CEO meets lawmakers Senate confirms Haspel to head CIA MORE's (D-N.D.) husband that he was "going to be frisked" when a photographer ordered him to drop his hands; he later joked to the elderly mother of Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoWatchdog to probe EPA email preservation Overnight Energy: EPA moves to roll back chemical plant safety rule | NASA chief says humans contribute to climate change | Pruitt gets outside lawyer House lawmakers to unveil water resources bill on Friday MORE (R-Wy.) he was going to "ruin your reputation here" before embracing her in a hug.