Diffusing Biden's On-Air F-Bomb

Bumbling Biden fumbles again

By Caitlin Millat
|  Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010  |  Updated 6:00 AM CDT
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Vice President Joe Biden made another verbal faux pas at the historic signing of President Obama's much-championed health care plan, dropping an f-bomb on-air as Obama spoke to celebrate the passing of the bill.

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Vice President Joe Biden made another verbal faux pas at the historic signing of President Obama's much-championed health care plan, dropping an f-bomb on-air just before Obama spoke to celebrate the passing of the bill.

Biden's profane slip is the latest in a string of gaffes that have made his foot and mouth a legendary pairing: but is this the most egregious to date? Experts weigh in:

  • The Biden brouhaha marred an otherwise historic day and "sullied" the passing of landmark health legislation, the editorial staff at the Hartford Courant blogs. Biden's remark deflated "a significant moment for the president," the Courant staff writes. "Oh, Joe. Way to mark the occasion," they blog. "That quote may be forever linked with the Obama administration's finest moment."
     
  • The VP's battle with foot-in-mouth disease could mean he'll go down in the history books as another bumbling second-in-command, Richard Adams writes for the UK's Guardian. "Biden should remember the words of John Nance Garner, vice-president under Franklin Roosevelt," Adams writes, "who said: 'The vice-presidency isn't worth a pitcher of warm piss.'"
     
  • Biden's mishap might have been inappropriate for TV audiences -- but it was an accurate assessment of the monumental health bill's passage, John Feeney blogs for Gather. No one "has summed up the recent events in the health care saga as eloquently as Joe Biden did this morning," Feeney writes: "Whether you are for or against the health care bill, I bet that you would agree with the vice president. The health care bill is a big f****ing deal."
     
  • He may be the most recent VP to make a verbal blunder, but Biden is continuing a long tradition of top political dogs using four-letter words in public, John Dickerson blogs for Slate. Teddy Roosevelt, Nixon, Clinton and JFK were all known for their potty mouths, Dickerson writes, but argues Biden is more susceptible to blame because technology can capture more of his speech. "People of a more sensitive nature might disapprove of this nature, but it is a fact of politics. At times, it is necessary," Dickerson writes.
     
  • What blunder? Jason Tanamor blogs for Zoinks! Online. Sure, the FCC may not approve of Biden's emotional outburst, but the f-bomb was a natural, human reaction to achieving a historic goal, Tanamor writes. Not only are swear words a part of nearly every American's vocabulary, but this isn't even the first time Biden has publicly uttered the f-word, Tanamor argues. "I'm going to reiterate this crazy news story by echoing VP Biden," he writes. "Gimme a f****ng break."

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