November 18th, 2009
12:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Biden says errors on Recovery.gov will be fixed

Vice President Joe Biden is downplaying news the government Web site Recovery.gov reported hundreds of millions of stimulus dollars spent on projects in congressional districts that in fact do not actually exist.
Vice President Joe Biden is downplaying news the government Web site Recovery.gov reported hundreds of millions of stimulus dollars spent on projects in congressional districts that in fact do not actually exist.

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden is downplaying news the government Web site Recovery.gov reported hundreds of millions of stimulus dollars spent on projects in congressional districts that in fact do not actually exist.

The districts don't exist, but the projects do, Biden said Tuesday night.

And the administration isn't to blame - the fault lies with the nation's educational system.

In an appearance on The Daily Show, Biden said the errors - first reported by ABC News - do not indicate unaccounted-for spending but are rather the result of 70 people who are the product of "bad civics classes."

"Every single solitary penny that got sent out there to a state, a construction company, a nonprofit had to be accounted for," Biden told host Jon Stewart. "And it all got put on Recovery.gov. What happened was, out of 130,000 people reporting in what they did with the money…70 did not know how to count."

"There was bad civics classes for those 70 people," Biden continued. "They had to fill out a form, what district are you in, and there was no such district."

Biden said checkers are now going through the reports to determine the actual districts where the money was spent.


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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Annirich

    any way you try to pretty paint it Biden doesn't work; and if the true numbers were used we're up around 17% unemployment. Go figure.

    November 18, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Tom L

    This administration certainly does point a lot of fingers. When do they ever accept responsibility?

    November 18, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. KevinC

    Bad civics classes? What?

    Oh well, just another Bidenism.

    November 18, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Tina

    Sounds suspicious to me. How convient to blame citizens for not knowing what to put on a form. Here's an idea, make the form easier to fill out.

    November 18, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. Amazing

    What a joke! Jobs created in districts that don't even exist. Our tax dollars at work. You really trust these people to fix their "errors". If they did there would be NO jobs created. Excuses, excuses is all we get from this administration. Next they'll blame Bush for their blatant lies. And you think they can handle our health care?

    Get to work on fixing the economy................raising taxes kills more jobs, reducing taxes creates more private sector jobs. It's not rocket science, just good old common sense that works. Too bad Democrats can't understand simple business and only understand tax and spend......which kills jobs.

    November 18, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. LacrosseDad

    everything will be fixed when you and the other clown are voted out of office.

    November 18, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    In other words, only after the lies were exposed were they asserted to be "mistakes."

    CNN, this might be a good story to go after: Where did the money really go?

    November 18, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. Richp

    Is that the same as having an open government instead of hiding behind closed doors and passing bad legislation after midnite, gee I can't wait.

    November 18, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. Enough

    Nothing but excuses from this administration. Face it, they don't know what they are doing. They can't understand why spending billions of dollars isn't creating jobs.................Geez, get these losers out before they spend another trillion for another failed Obama experiment. Government cannot create jobs........private sector needs to create jobs, but Obamas policies are preventing any job growth.

    Is the tax cut for 95% of Americans another "error"....you know, the one where they discovered millions will actually owe money and have to pay it back.............One blunder after another from this 3 ring circus. Biden is head clown.

    November 18, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. George W Bush = Worst President Ever

    But Joe, if you are a wingnut, 70 out of 130,000 represents a majority.

    November 18, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Fitz in Texas

    "errors on Recovery.gov"......TRANSLATED MEANS.......the lies on Recovery.gov, that we got caught on, will be fixed.

    November 18, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. SLM

    Of course the administration is not to blame.......nothing is their fault. We don't want to hear any more lies and excuses out of your mouth. Don't even try to consider a second stimulus..............you don't know what you are doing.

    November 18, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. Jerry

    Bad news Joe , you are the error.

    November 18, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. George W Bush = Worst President Ever

    Wing nuts who want the truth always go to Fox, the one organization that does not do fact checking.

    November 18, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. Mike in MN

    Everything about the stimulus is a joke.
    It isn't stimulating or creating jobs any where near the level Obama and Biden said it would.
    Unemployment just keeps going up and up and up, proving the Obama/Biden wild claims that is created or saved over a million jobs is a lie. They are just making the numbers up.
    And their proof was supposed to be the reporting of the jobs on recovery.gov. But as it turns out thousands of the jobs reported are just made up and the Obama administration did not bother to verify the information.
    Zero credibility from these clowns. More jokes and lies to follow.

    November 18, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Carlos

    "Every single solitary penny" now that is good for a laugh, now go back to wrecking cars Joe, they finally found something your good at.

    November 18, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. Objective Thinking

    So 130,000 people were trusted to self-report what they did with money. There's an even bigger problem than the 70 who did it wrong.

    November 18, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. Rob

    This coming from the guy who puts his own foot in his mouth on a daily basis? Suuuurrrre. Hey, actually that could be a new full time job: Fixing the errors made by this administration. That would employ several people, with overtime even. We alrady know it's gonna be a big job for the Republican that takes office when Obumbles disgracefully leaves in 2013.

    November 18, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. Joe

    The current administration is lying to American people. Where are the jobs created or saved from ~$800 billions? If you just pay every unemployed working class member of $30,000 to $40,000 with this $800 billions, we will not have many unemployed in this country.

    November 18, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. barbara

    i am sure that these chckers know how to count. the problem is that they fudged the numbers because the government told them to! they did it so that they can show america that the money is working when, in fact, it isnt. america is not stupid they can see the writing on the walls and they know that this is just another attempt to show obama in a good light,...like he knows what hes doing. fact is he doesnt.

    November 18, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. SocialismBad

    And what about all the reports of jobs being created but weren't? Number of hours worked (ie. 450) listed instead of jobs created (ZERO). Or $77,000 creating some ridiculous number of jobs? It's clear there are buffoons running a trillion dollar handout program and buffoons accepting and wasting the money.

    Any money that hasn't been spent should immediately be frozen.

    November 18, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. RLA

    Nice minimalizing try Joe but it only holds water in your mind. One ABC investigative report just showed funding of $870 that created 9 new jobs which produced less than a dozen pairs of boots. That implies a fair amount of intentional information gathering and entry, not just a wrong couple of digits. Who would work for that kind of money ($870 divided by 9). What kind of minimum wage job is that? And that output...under a dozen boots by 9 people? And you think that's a good thing?

    So much for transparency and truthfulness. This is just an example of how government misinterprets, misreports and misuses.

    No wonder Americans are unhappy with you all in office.

    Better luck next time Joe. We're not that gullible yet.
    An American

    November 18, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. Mark

    So first you are blatantly lying about the "mistakes" of sending money to non-existing congressional districts (read: my friends' pockets) and then you blame the education system. Wow. Good ol Joe shootin' off at the mouth again. He should take some advice from BHO and get on the teleprompter.

    November 18, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. Tom L

    Is there ever a time when this administration doesn't point fingers? Do they ever take responsibility for anything?

    November 18, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. Obamalot

    Errors? He means they will just re-shuffle the lies. How stupid do they think we really are?

    November 18, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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