BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) – The famously free-wheeling Joe Biden found himself in an unaccustomed situation Thursday: asked to comment on a White House gaffe that wasn't his own.
The vice president was asked by CNN what he thought of President Obama's unguarded moment earlier this week, when he was caught calling entertainer Kanye West a "jackass" for grabbing the microphone from teenage singer Taylor Swift at MTV's Video Music Awards earlier in the week.
Biden responded cautiously. "I honestly didn't know that. I have no comment on that," he told CNN's Chris Lawrence, adding with a laugh: "For someone who occasionally says things that I shouldn't say, I have no comment."
How does it feel to be on the observing end of an administration verbal slip? "Well first of all, (Obama) very seldom has a slip of the tongue," said Biden. "But I really can't comment. I truly don't know the incident. I heard it for the first time from you."
Biden is in Iraq this week, his third visit to that nation so far this year.
He President Obama told the truth , bit more importantly he is human . So what he said it . Their more things to talk about than what he said about Kanye West . Let's talk about health care for all americans.
Apparently the ABC journalist who reported this "off the record" comment was not supposed to do so and ABC has apologized. I hope this journalist is never allowed to be at Pres. Obama's news conferences again. Pres. Obama is a normal human who just expressed what millions of others feel too and he did it on his personal time not his Presidential time. Journalists need to respect this.
Good job Joe !
Since before the election there has been a concerted, and failed effort from the right to turn Joe Biden into a joke and thus someone who can be easily dismissed. And here we have CNN with "gaffe-prone Biden"; is Hannity writing your copy these days?
It's a sad day in the US when the truth is a gaffe.
The president gave his opinion honestly, casually, and off the record. I'm sure millions of Americans said what he said. And it was true.
I imagine many people watching the video of that moment at the MTV music awards had the exact same thought go through their heads.
Politicians have let loose their toungues on various occasions to vent their vitriol and vituperation, and BHO ain't an exception. If he wants to be billed as a bland bloke, he needs to hold his toungue back, no matter how tempting it is to lash out against a loony.
Obama was right, that was not a verbal slip, Kanye West is a jack ass. What Kanye West did was borderline assault of a 19 year old little girl. I guess Obama doesn't listen to rap, good for him.
Excuse me! I don't believe the president made a gaffe. It was his opinion about Kanye West's actions, and it is shared by a large majority of citizens of this country. What makes it a gaffe?
Obama, as usual, was simply being honest.
Barack Obama's Idea of peace, is the USA in peices.. He can leave you in a mess and he knows it. He is not one of you. He never was...
It wasn't a verbal slip. The jerk who was supposed to be doing this off the record, lied and set the president up. It just makes another distraction. I would keep that reporter at football field distance.
Obama has nothing to apologize for, he was 100% right. I personally thought his comment was hilarious.
Wow–1st Time? Biden and Charlie Gibson must watch the same channel.
whether off- microphone or on-microphone, public officials should guard their emotions and very personal individual comments with the media. Generally, president Obama is very cautious and he demonstrated mutual respect and tolerance in many occasions. So media shouldn't exaggerate and waste their precious time just on this off-microphone words to protect the journalism industry.
Joe Biden's occasional mis-speaks are actually refreshing. It's nice to see that we have some authentic humans at the helm. Biden speaks his mind, refreshingly honest, and from the heart. I'd rather hear him, including his occasional gaffe, than our last president who, when speaking off the cuff, often created words and phrases previously unknown to literate people.
So the press corps is asking the Vice President this while he is in Iraq....nothing more important to cover while he is there? Anything? Perhaps look outside?
Please refrain from bothering the VP of the U.S. and report on the state of the economy.
I don't think the President said anything wrong.. that what everyone else was thinking also
Oh, CNN! When you going to knock it off with the sensationlism?
Im sure they are keeping Bidden in his cage more often now.
Right answer Joe. That should hold them. Why was that question being asked in the first place? What purpose does it serve? Come on CNN, report the news, and stop trying to manufacture it. There is enough going on in America and around the world that you don't have to resort to this. Stop seeking the easy way out by zeroing in on meaningless controversy. The Kane West story is over. Move on.
Biden IS a slip of the tounge
Stay there mr. Biden, we all know you have such pressing business
that current affairs would only confuse you as always.
Joe Biden is doing HIS JOB and not focusing on foolishness.