March 23rd, 2010
03:36 PM ET
5 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. Marion

    Big F'g deal!! So he dropped the "F-bomb". So what? why make such a big deal about stuff like this. It is just silly

    March 23, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. SLM

    The White house "Shrugs" off every idiotic thing they do.

    March 23, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. ATL Guy

    Let's see the Republicans – who didn't say a word when Bush/Cheney used the F Bomb to refer to a NY Times reporter – get outraged over this.

    March 23, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Well it is!!! Long time coming and what's even better is that it took a strong Woman like Speaker Pelosi to do it.
    In the mid-term elections I'm hoping more women are voted into office then the men.

    March 23, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. jerryP

    Gheesh! is there nothing more going on in the world? I mean Biden is a normal human being like you & I? what 's all the hub-bub about?

    March 23, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. John Sollami

    CNN: Leave it to your lousy "news" station to repeat THREE times absolutely nothing. Is this the news you choose to waste space on? F--g MORONS!

    March 23, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. Donna

    Oh big Effin' deal. How the eff is this news?

    March 23, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. David Lafayette

    Big f-ing deal.

    Profanity is used to express emotion and emphasis. Is this not a reasonable time for that? It wasn't expressed publicly, it was eavesdropped from a private moment between two people who have just won an unimaginable victory.

    CNN should be embarrassed to have its logo at the top of this 'report'.

    March 23, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Big F'ing deal...

    March 23, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. bill

    But as a news item is isn't. Why is it here, what is the point ?

    March 23, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Jane

    And yes, we the American people agree!!! It is a big F-– deal!

    March 23, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. Hilary

    VP is correct; this healthcare plan is a Big F_____ Deal. Right on!

    March 23, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. Dave Wyman

    At least he wasn't swearing AT the Prez, as per the Cheney and Leahy encounter a few years ago.

    March 23, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. Jenny S.

    And he is right!!! Hahahah! No big deal. At lease he know what he is talking about.

    March 23, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. nita

    The Vice-President was just showing how he felt about the deal and i agree with him it is a f deal. So smile!

    March 23, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. Chris

    Hilarious. I love you Joe Biden!!

    March 23, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. steeve-o

    At least he didn't tell a senator or congressman to go "F" themselves like our former pottymouth VP.
    I agree with Biden here, "big F_'in deal".

    March 23, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. Michael

    And Biden was correct!

    It is a "big ___ deal". Surely that's one thing everybody - GOP and Democrats alike - can agree on.

    Albeit for different reasons, of course. :)

    March 23, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. Laurie From New York

    What's the big deal, so he was real excited for his boss and his accomplishment. I am sure it was not the mike but someone that was real close by and had to say something. I call all this jealousy. Grow up people, especially you republicans, you make Tiger Woods look like an angel in the eyes of our children. So what's next to pick on ???

    March 23, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. Tom Boyce

    wow...isn't this the same group of people that got the vapors when Cheney dropped the F-Bomb?

    March 23, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. Preston A

    Who gives a (expletive)!

    March 23, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. BJD55

    Eeewww ... don't think POTUS was (again for the umpteenth time!) very impressed. I predict it will be a BO/HC run in 2012 - JB is not teachable.

    March 23, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. Jack lennox

    as canadians we are most happy for our friends down south for joining the rest of the developed world with some medical coverage for their people..good on you

    March 23, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. Sharon09

    Shows the class that we now have in the White House. Too bad John Adams, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin couldn't be there to hear this one. He would have been riden out on a rail as he deserves to be.
    You are a disgrace to the American people and hopefully you will be gone before we know it.

    March 23, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. Clovis Dixon

    Let he that never use the “F” word cast the first stone. God bless you Obama and Biden. Good job. The important things America need to focus on now is the other major steps such as; Jobs, Education, Green Technology and many more for her citizens. This Country was built on strong, brave and positive foundation. Not weak and negative foundation. Once again it has been proven!

    March 23, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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