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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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Eric Tedford - Chittenango, NY

    Stand up!

    March 23, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. craig

    What a f___ idiot........don't know which is worse, him, or tweedledum....

    (apparently we no longer consider that word to be only used by gangsters, teenagers and thugs....)

    March 23, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. green

    How about an F-bomb to all those who opposed this bill ! That would be more appropriate. It's about time everyone chips in , next Obama will reform immigration and accomplish what the GOP could not. See a pattern here . . . . .

    March 23, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. Cool

    OMG R U serious???? who cares if he dropped the "F" bomb. It's not like he said it right in the microphone. People really need to get over it and not make a big deal out of it. We are all adults her, i mean really!!

    March 23, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Patsy, Texas

    Reminiscent of the "go f- --–", as said by Cheney to Leahy on the
    'MAJESTIC SENATE FLOOR"!!!

    March 23, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. forget bipartisanship

    in the immortal words of Fat Albert, "no class."

    March 23, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. Lynn in Ohio

    Boorah for Joe!!!!!!

    March 23, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. Peter Vaguely

    Ha! I love it!

    It IS a big F_ing deal!

    March 23, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. a.g.

    Well, he's right!! I like that about him. You always get true emotion from him, most other politicians just say what you want to hear.

    March 23, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. Leo1

    ... and it is! Very well put. I love JB!

    March 23, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. Sandy

    I LOVE JOE BIDEN!!!!!!!!!! I couldnt have said it better

    March 23, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. BevAnn

    And your point is?

    March 23, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. Jen

    I'm not really offended. I think it's actually pretty hilarious. I really hope that this is the new name that the healthcare bill is called. I'd love to open up a history book and learn about the Big F- Deal.

    FDR crafted the New Deal, Obama crafts the Big F- Deal!

    March 23, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. James

    Who cares? After the cussing tool that led us into a war knowing he had no justification, at least someone recognizes the value of life.

    March 23, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. L Gomoll

    This was a private moment of much importance to the VP and President. Anything said by the VP was for the President and is of no business of the press. Lay off!

    March 23, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. KO

    Who cares? He's right.

    March 23, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. TakeNoCrap

    If this was the case, we should have whole dictionary of dirty words from W's administration..should I say dictatorship.

    March 23, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. Is this thing on?

    In the words of Dick Cheney...."SO!"

    March 23, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. ConsiderThis-FL

    Well, it is! Biden is just calling it what it is. At least he's telling the truth.

    March 23, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. Robert S.

    Grow up CNN.

    March 23, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. John from Boston

    You're right, Joe. It is.

    March 23, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. victor

    who the f-cares?

    March 23, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. Lisa Murad

    Whoops! Trime for a cocktail Joe!

    March 23, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. Jacob

    I love it Joe! You are so right on this one! lol

    March 23, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. Annie

    Not surprised – and now it's goodbye America you were a great lady!!!!!

    March 23, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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