September 17th, 2009
03:23 PM ET
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Gaffe-prone Biden avoids weighing in on Obama verbal slip

Gaffe-prone Biden avoids weighing in on Obama verbal slip.
Gaffe-prone Biden avoids weighing in on Obama verbal slip.

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.


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soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. VernisRobertson

    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.

    September 17, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    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.

    September 17, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. smokey

    Good job Joe !

    September 17, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Paul

    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?

    September 17, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. John

    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.

    September 17, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. yuri

    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.

    September 17, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. john

    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.

    September 17, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. Jeff

    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?

    September 17, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. Moderate Democrat

    Obama, as usual, was simply being honest.

    September 17, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Deuce

    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...

    September 17, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. Really?

    who cares?????????

    September 17, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. Josh in TN

    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.

    September 17, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Anon

    Obama has nothing to apologize for, he was 100% right. I personally thought his comment was hilarious.

    September 17, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. JAMES-STL

    Wow–1st Time? Biden and Charlie Gibson must watch the same channel.

    September 17, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Marchant

    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.

    September 17, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. moonbeam

    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.

    September 17, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Expat American

    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?

    September 17, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. bigTEXoil

    Please refrain from bothering the VP of the U.S. and report on the state of the economy.

    September 17, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. Marge

    I don't think the President said anything wrong.. that what everyone else was thinking also

    September 17, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. Polar Bears Against Palin

    Oh, CNN! When you going to knock it off with the sensationlism?

    September 17, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. Mark

    Im sure they are keeping Bidden in his cage more often now.

    September 17, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Just Me

    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.

    September 17, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Biden IS a slip of the tounge

    September 17, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. Burns NH

    Stay there mr. Biden, we all know you have such pressing business
    that current affairs would only confuse you as always.

    September 17, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. Leilani

    Joe Biden is doing HIS JOB and not focusing on foolishness.

    September 17, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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