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. joesanidiot

    this guy is such an idiot! i love the way he gets pass after pass from the liberal media. had it been George Bush or Dan Quayle it would have been plastered all over the front page! pathetic. the good thing is that a one-term president comes with a one-term vice-presidunce!

    March 23, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. seth aryee

    please Mr Biden, don't blow this for us. its little things like this that come back to bite you! Mind your language!!!!

    March 23, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. John

    WOW are you serious CNN I am so disappointed in you guys. I expect better you guy are so much better than the guys at FOX network come on. How are you going to cover this and not the crazy racial obstinacies that were spoken as distinguished lawmakers walked through the majestic halls of congress and even on the hallowed grounds it sits upon. Lets cover that CNN!!!! Lets not get caught up in what things stood for but what they stand for!!

    March 23, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    No big deal. The word in questioned was not used in anger or directed maliciously towards anyone. Unlike like former Vice-President Cheney who directed the F word unkindly towards a specific individual, Vice-President Biden was only expressing his joy and exuberance.

    March 23, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Mike

    Yeah Biden and Rham"bo". What a verbally professional pair. If I used an "F" bomb at work, in a public setting, with clients, I would be fired immediately. And since this was obviously a very public statement (and they work for We the People) maybe We the People should fire them. Our so-called politicians are out of control!
    p.s. in a bipartisan way maybe the knucklhead Rep. from TX should be canned too for his stupid statement Sunday night.

    March 23, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Mary Pool

    Did I not write just this morning that all Biden does is shot his mouth off? Here he is again........

    March 23, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. G P

    In an age where the F-word is used regularly – even on cable tv – it should come as no big surprise that the Vice-President uses the word. While it was inappropriate for the setting, let's not forget that he was probably very emotional over the success of getting the bill signed and let his guard down. People forget that presidents and vice-presidents are human too. I'm sure though that this is something the Republicans will turn into a big deal, because we all know how sanctimonious the hypocrites are.

    March 23, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. Wake Up

    The f word is FRAUD. Obama and Pelosi and Reid are FRAUDS. Frauds to the constitution. Frauds to taxpayers. Frauds to America.

    Biden is a joke.

    March 23, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Jerry

    Opps I mean Joey!

    March 23, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Jayson Sath

    What ever happened to class – especially in public situations??? Profanity is not acceptable in the workplace!

    March 23, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. Ann Bagley

    Shows Biden's mentality. The whole lot should be replaced!!

    March 23, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. WHOOPS

    Don't worry Joe . . . happens to me all the time.

    March 23, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. Tina

    Such a fine example for children all over the world...

    March 23, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. Nick San Diego

    Big F-- deal. It's called man talk.

    March 23, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. LIz

    Go Joe!!!!! It is a Big F___n Deal. Congradulations to the American People. We finally have leadership that is doing something for us!!!'

    March 23, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. guest

    Some times people slip with their words.

    March 23, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. Jo

    Who cares? Anyone?

    March 23, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. stefic

    no big deal

    March 23, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. andy

    Biden is a real classless act. Everytime he opens his mouth, stupidity erupts. A perfect match for Obama.

    March 23, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. Pajamaparty

    I dropped the f bomb Sunday night.

    March 23, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. Dan

    He's right! It was a big deal...however, his using the f-word isn't.

    March 23, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. minnie

    Talk about a bummer. That is congress and our so called leaders.

    March 23, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  23. Jim

    Sorry for Mr. Biden's crude language; he's an intense macho guy. I personally don't like how the F- word has spread so widely throughout our culture.

    But the healthcare reform is a Big Deal. I've been pondering its meaning. Fundamentally, we Americans will now have more Security in our lives, jobs, health and families – and be a stronger nation for it!

    March 23, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. Mr Manhattan

    Well it is a big (expletive) deal. If the right wing nuts dont like it maybe they should paint a Hitler mustache on his picture and try to draw some comparison between the 2. You do know Hitler said the "F" word alot too dontcha? Hmmmmmmmm.

    March 23, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. akplacek

    hahaha, doesn't old joe know by now that he isn't allowed to speak?? he is right though!

    March 23, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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