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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 McConnellGOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia Overnight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Trump officials ratchet up fight over drug pricing | McConnell says Republicans could try again on ObamaCare repeal | Dems go on offense against GOP lawsuit Republicans should prepare for Nancy Pelosi to wield the gavel 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 HeitkampPoll: Dem Donnelly has 4-point lead in Indiana Senate race Election Countdown: O'Rourke goes on the attack | Takeaways from fiery second Texas Senate debate | Heitkamp apologizes for ad misidentifying abuse victims | Trump Jr. to rally for Manchin challenger | Rick Scott leaves trail to deal with hurricane damage Heitkamp: Staffer no longer with campaign after ad naming abuse victims 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 BarrassoWhy grizzly bear hunting season isn’t happening Trump poised to sign bipartisan water infrastructure bill Dems to force health care vote weeks before Nov. midterms MORE (R-Wy.) he was going to "ruin your reputation here" before embracing her in a hug.