Vice President Joe Biden took a minute of his time to respond to one policy idea from a 7 year-old boy that I think we can all agree would solve everything from gun violence to mental health: replace all bullets with chocolate bullets. The boy had already pitched his proposal to other leaders and legislators but was brushed off or received form letters. Until his letter reached Joe Biden. Biden responded with this hand-written letter:
I am sorry it took me so very long to respond to your letter. I really like your idea. If we had guns that shot chocolate, not only would our country be safer, it would be happier. People love chocolate.
You are a good boy,
Myles and his school were thrilled.
“Everybody was impressed. You should have seen everybody. Their faces were just wide-eyed,” said Virginia Flynn, the head of school. “The fact that it was handwritten made it really special,” she added.
Probably one of the most fun parts of being the Vice President, the President or someone close to them, is that you have the power to make people very happy with very simple gestures.
The White House has occasionally gotten a kick out of this sort of thing. Take this response to the official petition that the White House build a Death Star. The White House issued a response stating that
"The Administration does not support blowing up planets," read the Obama Administration's response. "The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it."
President Obama is very much aware of the effect he can have on people just because he's the president. He gets screams for a few lines of Al Green:
And everyone went nuts when the Obamas kissed on the kiss cam:
The greatest example of gesture amplification belongs to Michelle Obama. Who could forget the eye roll heard around the world? (GIF via the Atlantic)
For the sake of integrity, it should be pointed out that New York Magazine fact-checked Joe Biden's chocolate bullets letter and found it to be only half true.