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. Frayie, Oklahoma City

    We Love you Joe!!

    September 17, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. jfab

    You call Obama's comment a gaffe? I did'nt think it needed further explanation nor did it call for an apology.

    September 17, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. Meka

    You did good, Joe!

    September 17, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. Shirley In California

    One has to wonder if the roles were reversed would be be hearing about this. First, M. Jordan, next Serena Williams and then Kayne (they all have something in common). While it was not an intelligent thing to do for any of them – Kanye and Serena have apologized for it and rightfully so. Why would Vice President Biden know what's in President Obama's mind? He should not be asked to comment on what someone else was or is thinking. It won't be long until Obama will be apologizing to Kayne anyway when he hears some back lash. I'm no Kanye fan but this is something he didn't need to get involved in. Another lesson learned.

    September 17, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. LT. ROBERT

    give me a break!

    September 17, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their follishness.

    There is a lot worse names the man should have been called. This is one that I totally agree with Obama on. Taylor Swift had the best album hands down and that is why her peers voted for her. African Americans need to settle down. Your boy winning the White House couldn't have been done with out a whole lot of White people voting for him. He can not count on this happening in 2012. When you make a mistake you soon correst it. BOY WHAT A MISTAKE HAS BEEN MADE HERE.

    September 17, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. bcords

    what white house gaffe? he called him what he is! its refreshing to hear after years of being talked down to by an idiot saying something that was written down for him!

    September 17, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. IndyVoter

    Uh, it wasn't a verbal slip. It was an entirely appropriate response to the behavior of someone who had clearly acted like a donkey...In any case, way to go Joe for not putting your foot in it. CHANGE must really be coming to the USA :-)

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 17, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. Bob

    Yes Obama did make a mistake, he should have said he was a "BIG jack ass". The truth is the truth and no reason to shy away from it.
    Just shows what why I voted for Obama because he is a Normal America who is doing a great job. A thousand times better than the 8 years prior.

    September 17, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. shucks

    Obama described him very effectively.

    September 17, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Chris

    Please the PRESIDENT TOLD THE TRUTH!!!

    September 17, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. RONNIE

    That was FUNNY! Obama was so RIGHT!

    September 17, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. T.G.

    Vice-President Biden is smart not to comment on the story. Now he knows how it feels for the president to explain VP Biden's slip-ups!

    September 17, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. Fair is Fair

    If this guy had another brain, it would be lonely. Buffoon.

    September 17, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. Tom

    I can't fathom why this "flap" is news. The President called a spade a spade. Move on.

    September 17, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. jaye

    WHY does CNN try to provoke a gaffe from Joe Biden?
    WHAT do they gain by trying to make him look foolish?
    Isn't there more pressing things to cover on the news?
    Why not show all the footage of the hate-filled republicans and their racist signs and racist language?
    WHY not report the horrible wars and how the republicans misled us into those wars?
    Why not report the real news instead of crap that means nothing – like the Joe Biden stories?
    Come on CNN – you use to be the best of the best – why not regain that standard of news coverage.

    September 17, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. sammieb51

    Obama called this one right - Kanye's actions were abominable and if the modern era "freedom of speech" is reduced to uncontollable whining whenever things don't go the way you want, we are really done. He did act like a J-A.

    September 17, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    According to Biden, "Obama very seldom has a slip of the tounge"...except for when he's making fun of quadriplegics who can't bowl! This president has too many "gaffes" for my taste.

    September 17, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. Jay

    Thanks Joe you know your course. Don't take the bait because the fish is not going to bite.

    September 17, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. Ron

    He must have been in cave not to have heard about this.

    September 17, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. Sea.gem

    Why did they pull the sound bite from the mike that wa left on?...during the campaign when Bush and Cheney errantly spoke iwith 'still live' mikes in the vicinity the satements were constantly replayed on all networks...oh yeah, it's that double standard again...and I suppose it was also fueled by racism too...

    September 17, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. Slider

    There is no need for Biden to open his yap and show his ignorance and incompetence. His boss is doing a very good job of that already.

    September 17, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. Darth Vadik, CA

    That's a first for Biden, good guy, but he does speak too "bluntly" sometimes.

    I didn't see media talk this much about a President when Bush gave a one finger salute to Kerry.

    September 17, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. Dorothy, Kentucky

    If Cnn spent more time on reporting and less time on trying to play gotcha. they might do better reporting than they did with the coast guard training exercise that they flubbed up on last week. By the way has anyone heard any more about that? Just curious. I know everything else is reported over and over and over. Just saying.

    September 17, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. FL Dem

    why is this worthy of a news website? I wish we could find real journalism again in this country!

    September 17, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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