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. Tim Greer

    So what? Also, it is a big f-ng deal. It's just a word, a sound uttered, like any other, that can have more impact when conveying a feeling. People shouldn't be afraid of certain sounds over another, though I would usually agree that it's best avoided due to how society views it.

    March 23, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Dusty

    It IS a big F-ing deal. Our president showed a lot of guts getting this through, as did House and Senate Democrats. These new laws will assure that 95%+ Americans have access to health care. The selfish right-wingers, who betray the Constitution even as they pretend to honor it, are terrified that this will be another progressive success, just as the suffrage and civil rights movements were successes. The left works for the people of our great nation, while the soulless right can do nothing but let out an impotent whine.

    March 23, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. ClintonFan

    At least this vice president can use the f-word in a positive manner rather than telling Leahy to go "f" himself as Cheney did.

    March 23, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Dennis K

    I wouldn't have expected anything less from VP Boredom. True class, as is the case with him everywhere he goes.

    March 23, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. Beverly - NYC

    In the words of Dick Ceney, SO

    March 23, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. Edwin Dale Clemons

    Go Joe, this is why I voted for you. You calls em like you sees em.

    March 23, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. mark

    what a disgrace

    March 23, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. Chip Powell

    Good for him. It is a big f-- deal!

    March 23, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. Kate P. from St. Louis

    It IS a big f*$# deal!!!! I applaud him for saying it!

    March 23, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. Rehan

    This is why I love Joe Biden!!!!!!

    March 23, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. Tommy P

    LOL! He should use the "F Bomb" more often, especially against the moronioc Party of No.

    March 23, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. francisca

    Let ' s discuss something important.

    March 23, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. Angela Stewart

    This is so funny to me, Joe Biden using the "F" word. I don't know why, but we (co workers) laughed about this for a while. Mr. Biden is true to his unscripted moments. I am sure we all know someone just like Mr. Biden, we usually have a good time with him. He gets the job done, but doesn't hold back, lol. However, I am so impressed and thankful for the Health Care Reform Bill and I think "Our Father" put Obama in office to get things done and to change the direction of the United States. Thank you Mr. President.

    March 23, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. Mini Carlsson

    I think it's very funny. It only shows how devoted Biden is to the American people...Go Biden!!! Yes it is a REALLY BIG deal.
    And thank you for your support and looking out for the little guy

    March 23, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. Jim Schiely

    Just shows what scum we have in this corrupt administration. Maybe Obama and Biden can perform the first Federally funded abortion while the rest of the Democratic Congress stand and cheer!!!!!

    March 23, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. ray

    geeeeeee i wonder if the raciast on the right never throw the F............bomb?? hahahah i will use it more now if i am am the vp

    March 23, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. Michelle

    Lol, so he's talking like a normal person would, no complaints here. It must be a pain to always be politically correct.

    March 23, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. Bruce

    It is a big F-ing deal because the majority of Americans are now F-ed.

    March 23, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. Observer

    The President needs to wash his mouth out with soap.

    March 23, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. Rhonda Black

    I concur with Joe.

    March 23, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. Anon

    Not news... He is a human being just like the rest of us. I am waiting anxiously for the right wingers to post their comments so I can get my laugh for the day though.

    March 23, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    The only thing newsworthy about this story is that it's a miracle he hasn't done it before now.

    March 23, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    SO WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    It's better then shouting out Liar to the President of the US or Baby Killer to a Congressman who has always fought against abortion.

    I am sure the republicans have NEVER said a bad word. They are so perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    March 23, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. momof3

    what a classy high rank persons we have UPthere...

    March 23, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. you're all buttmonkeys

    It IS a big deal. It means you just sacrificed your party's well being for something that will be either struck down by the courts or be removed once your pathetic party is voted out of office finally for having attempting to destroy this country through fiscal mismanagement and just plain being traitors.

    March 23, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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