March 23rd, 2010
03:36 PM ET
4 years ago

White House shrugs off Biden F-Bomb


Washington (CNN) – In the White House room where Abigail Adams used to air out her clean laundry, Vice President Joe Biden used some dirty language.

A microphone picked up Biden uttering the "F" word Tuesday in the majestic East Room of the White House, as President Obama signed the historic health care reform bill into law.

After delivering a rousing introduction of the president in which he praised Obama's "perseverance" and "clarity of purpose," Biden turned to embrace his boss.

As the crowd of approximately 300 people cheered wildly, Biden turned to Obama and said with a big smile, "This is a big f-- deal!"

The president did not react to the comment, apparently aware that the microphones may have picked up the words.

Shortly after the ceremony, White House Press Secretary used his Twitter feed to try and diffuse any controversy.

"And yes Mr. Vice President, you're right..." Gibbs tweeted from his @PressSec Twitter account.

An aide to the vice president pointed reporters seeking comment to Gibb's tweet.

The vice president is known for unscripted moments, but not in such a high-profile setting as a bill-signing ceremony in the East Room. According to the White House Historical Association, first lady Abigail Adams was famous for using the room to dry her laundry. President John F. Kennedy lay in state in the East Room after his assassination in 1963.


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  1. dd

    Yep, Mr. Vice President, you are absolutely correct – big "F"ing deal indeed. Even bigger then the deal the GOP will make out of your use of the "F" word. Imagine that!

    March 23, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Chad

    Stay Classy DC!

    March 23, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Carl Coleman

    Please, find some news to write about.

    March 23, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. A Kickin' Donkey

    Look, it is a big "F-ing" deal.

    Between President Obama and Vice President Biden the Democrats have all bases covered.

    From the minimum wage worker, to the union worker, to business owner, to the corporate worker they can relate and communicate.

    March 23, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. amo/ca

    well it is a big f......deal.

    March 23, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. Matt D

    Not a lot of class, but at least it wasn't directed at anybody like we see with Republican slips of the tongue.

    March 23, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Will

    Biden makes Palin look smart. Combined with the law professor they are a joke as a team.

    March 23, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Conguero

    So FDR had "The New Deal"...

    Obama has "The Big F-- Deal"!

    March 23, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. ToughLove

    Joe Biden makes Dan Quayle look good.

    March 23, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. Bob

    Typical lack of respect from this administration for the White House and the Vice Presidency. This foul comment by Biden underscores this truly low point for our country.

    March 23, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. Alan O. Gara

    Is Biden getting dementia?

    March 23, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. Brook

    Slightly different context than how the previous potty-mouthed VP used the term...

    March 23, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. Justin

    Couldn't have said it better myself.

    March 23, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. Baby Boomer

    The VP is such a regular guy. Gotta love it. No harm done.

    March 23, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. Mark Henderson

    Don't worry for Biden. It was not an original thought as he is known to plagiarize. He probably was copying Obama.

    March 23, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. James-STL

    Good I hope the FCC fines us taxpayers!

    March 23, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  17. KateinATL

    Yes, Mr. Vice President, you are right!! So, he had a slip/gaff, I say big F-bomb'in deal.

    March 23, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. Brink

    He's right, "This is a big f– deal!". Just don't give the forces of darkness any chance to take attention away from the fact that democracy works.

    March 23, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. Man Who Love Can Dancing

    Personally, I feel much more comfortable with a guy who can drop an indiscriminate f-bomb once in a while

    March 23, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Joel

    So what? I was halfway hoping you would throw an "f-bomb" at that quack doctor you brought on that was shaking his head everytime someone would talk, I think on Tony Harris' portion of the broadcast. Just because he is a urologist doesn't make him an expert on the economy and what impact this historic bill will have.

    March 23, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. Jack in Des Moines

    Joe Biden drops the F-bomb....so F-ing what? He didn't say it into the microphone – in fact you can barely hear it. And quite frankly, after former V.P. Cheney, while on the Senate floor, told a democratic Senator to go "F" himself, we should be used to such language. Shouldn't we?

    March 23, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. Bette

    Well, it is a big f.... deal. And about time too.

    March 23, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. carole

    It was a big "f..ing" deal! We are so busy trying to be PC that we forget to just be spontaneous. And I'm soooo tired of everyone always apologizing for everything they say...just let it lie.

    March 23, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Kevin

    That's the VP I voted for! You tell em how it is Joe.

    March 23, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. Sandra Sharp

    COME ON CNN....Every 5 minutes you're talking about Joe Biden's slip of the tongue rather than this HISTORIC DAY. What's the matter with you guys. I hear your ratings are slipping. Maybe if you'd report what's important they would increase!!! Andrea Mitchell mentioned Joe's remark 5 times in fifteen minutes. Or so it seemed

    You didn't make a big deal, however over the racial remarks and homosextual remarks made by tea partiers and very little on the "baby killer remark" Should I be reading something into this !!

    March 23, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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