"If the worst thing you can say about Biden is that he's a politician and he's out there telling the truth? I'm okay with that," said one administration official.
The late night comedy caricature of Biden as long-winded has not died down since he has moved into the West Wing. A recent Saturday Night Live skit showed an overeager Biden moving into the Oval Office while Obama traveled through Europe, even moving his personal pictures on to the desk. Even the president joked last weekend at a Washington dinner that Biden "[doesn't] know when to stop talking."
Aides say the vice president finds the impressions and jokes funny, noting that every politician that has been around Washington for awhile has some stereotype attached to them, and do not seem concerned that the stereotypes run the risk of overshadowing Biden's work.
So is Biden testing out that historic Oval Office desk with an eye toward the post-Obama future?
With a 30-year Senate career and potentially two terms as vice president under his belt, Democratic strategists say it would be crazy to leave his name off the list of potential presidential candidates in 2016.
Asked if he would rule out thinking about being president, Biden seemed to leave the door open for another run.
"No, I won't. I won't rule that out. No," said Biden, who mounted campaigns for the White House in 1988 and in 2008 before being tapped as Obama's running mate.
A Biden aide indicated that all options are on the table for the vice president, who would be 74 years old on inauguration day in 2017.
"He's focused on the job he's doing now. And so are we. We do not wake up every morning thinking, 'What can we do today to get the vice president elected seven years from now?'" said Biden spokesman Jay Carney. "It's not something we're thinking about. But there's no reason to rule anything in or out for 2016. "
But that doesn't mean Biden isn't clear on the stakes.
"He's fully aware that there is no such thing as a successful vice president in an unsuccessful administration," a White House official said.
But even if he chooses to not make a third attempt at the presidency, that is not likely to be the last America will hear of Joe Biden.
A White House official said it's unlikely the Delaware Blue Hen will fully retire from public life. "This does not mean categorically that there is no political future for Joe Biden," they said.