March 23rd, 2010
03:36 PM ET
8 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. midwest

    You're right, Joe, it is.

    This former two time Reagan Republican thanks you and the POTUS for making a point that healthcare reform was too important to continue to shrug off as too big to tackle.

    March 23, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Pete

    Who cares. He is a human being, just like the rest of us. !!!!!!!

    March 23, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Wanda

    That isn't strange at all considering the majority of the American people have just been screwed by Obama and his playmates.

    March 23, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Tracey

    I didn't hear anything.

    March 23, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. Mike in SA

    Funny...the other day at the daily press briefing, Robert Gibbs was telling reporters how Pres. Obama found it distressing the type of language being used in the health insurance debate. With Rahm Emanuel and Joe Bidden around, he must have been talking about his own side.

    March 23, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Vicki

    This is very professional of you Joe to be speaking like that. What else could we expect from you though?

    March 23, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. Martin

    Well it was wasn't it! So why make such a big f–deal out of that comment!

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

    Yes. The President's signing of the Health Care bill it is a F...G BIG DEAL. However, the President and Vice President should be allowed to whisper privately to one another. Too bad there are always microphones on to spoil the excitement.

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

    He's correct, it is a big f...... deal!

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

    That's a high class team we have running things.

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

    I love Joe Biden! He's says it like it is and he doesn't try to be something he's not. I have more respect for him than I have for anyone in Congress (actually, I don't have any respect for the rest of them). He truly and honestly cares about the average American.

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

    What else would you expect from the thugs? It's a shame you can't even show the White House signing a bill to school children because you have a White House that's ignorant to normal Americans that prefer their chidren not hear this garbage from OUR White House. I noticed the Thug In Chief didn't even bat an eye. Yeah, we got us a real grown up in the White House. SECRETary Fibbs, well everyone knows he's an idiot.

    March 23, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. Ken

    He is right it is a big F@#king

    March 23, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. carlos

    so it is....cnn stop your stupidity and start reporting on the criminals on the other side TRYING to defeat this historic bill.......good for you Mr. Vice President......I would have directed it to the repulsives

    March 23, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. kim

    thats AWESOME!!!! WAY better than baby killer! I really love our VP, such a real person! and a great VP!!

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

    It is a "BIG F*&$@#N DEAL !!!!!!!! and it is long overdue!

    March 23, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. Mary

    Why is this a news story?

    March 23, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. Woody

    I want to know if the FCC will have the b*lls to fine the networks like it does every time someone else drops the F bomb ???

    March 23, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Brian Crittenden

    Sorry, does anyone out there have a more accurate or discriptive phrase for the moment?

    March 23, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. Douglas

    "And yes Mr. Vice President, you're right..."

    simply awesome response

    March 23, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. oy vey az

    It is a big #*&@!NG deal. Ding Dong the Elephant is dead!

    March 23, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. anotherGDlefty

    Yeah, it is a big F*^(%*# deal.

    Thank you democrats for finally growing a pair, including the republican changes and then making them look like fools for trying to shut it down.

    Yes we did.

    March 23, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Seriously, let it go already CNN. I know, no matter how you try to act otherwise, that you know how long this healthcare reform has been in coming to fruition. The man was in a justifiably celebratory mood. Can we let the acute nitpicking rest for a minute?

    March 23, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. Sandy

    Too bad no one can hear it. Why would CNN post the video where you can't even hear him say it. LMAO?

    March 23, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. Big_Mo

    Well, Mr. Biden shouldn't have said that, but it doesn't seem like a very big deal to me.

    And Mr. Henry, the correct word to have used in your story, with regard to pacifying the situation, was "defuse". "Diffuse" as a transitive verb means "to spread out in all directions". The words sound similar but mean something totally different.

    March 23, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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