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. Linda Wood

    When is Rush Limbaugh moving to Costa Rica? I'm sure he agrees that the health care bill is a big f-ing deal.

    March 23, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Bob

    He was right.

    March 23, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. shirley-atl

    I personally and much more concerned by the irrational behaviour of the republican congressional representatives. They and their followers have become the crudest, rudest, and most irresponsible citizens in this country. They all need to just grow up and stop behaving badly just to impress their base and help to do what's right for this country!

    March 23, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Squigman

    Every time I think of what happened in our country, from 2000 to 2009, I drop a few F-Bombs too. Stinking republican trash. G.T.H..

    March 23, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Bhupen Bhakta

    Yes we have VP's that use F bombs ,from both parties. Now we are really even.

    March 23, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Lori Sharbono

    Why should this surprise anyone? The entire Obama administration has done nothing but disrespect the White House and the American people since they walked in the door.

    March 23, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Steve

    Biden just screams "Used Car Salesman". A nasty, disgusting, pitiful, no real identity except what the sucker whose going to buy his BS wants him to be. We'll see his drunk butt in rehab shortly after leaving office. No offense to Used Car Salesmen.

    March 23, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. DropItLikeItsHotttt

    It is a big F-ing Deal~

    Well said Vice President Biden!

    March 23, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. johnkc

    Not as bad as calling a Senator a baby killer or heckling the president during the state of the union address calling him a lier.

    March 23, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. Brent

    Cheney wanted to use the H bomb..on people....I like Biden's approach better. It is a big f___ deal. The United Staes of America, now Canada's 11th province. Welcome home people.... eh!

    March 23, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. Steve

    Indicative of his low class voters that elected him. Liberals suck!

    March 23, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. Rumrunner

    This is not news. Who doesn't use the f-bomb these days. All you hear on reality TV shows is bleep bleep bleep. I hear parents saying it to their kids in the supermarket. When are we going to get over this ridiculousness. Its just a stupid word.

    March 23, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Matt

    F'n right Biden dropped the f'n F-bomb. He's been fighting for this f'n healthcare bill for a whole f'n year now. What now Republicans? BOOM-SHAKA-LAKA

    March 23, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. Krista

    One thing I like about Biden is that he is so down to Earth and yes, that sometimes means he speaks without a filter, but I'd rather hear what someone truly thinks than worry that they're spinning everything in their thoughts before it comes out of their mouths. I much prefer this kind of irreverence than having to listen to any more Bushisms!

    March 23, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. EDDIE

    That's funny stuff.Great Moment.

    March 23, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. Joe from Fairfax Station VA

    Nice! It's good to see that the VP is a real person.

    March 23, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. Tina

    Beavis and Butthead...........

    March 23, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. pjr

    Is the FCC going to fine the Whitehouse for the Vice Presidents "language Malfunction"? Probably not. As they always say, "you cant fix stupid"

    March 23, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. CNNisEVIL

    Biden is a meber of MS-13, like most liberals

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

    Classy. Does anything else need to be said?

    March 23, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. Awesome!

    And it's the truth! You go Joe! We love you Big Guy!

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

    at least he did not tell a sitting U.S. Senator to go F*$% himself on the senate floor...

    March 23, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. Chuck

    Typical of this administration.

    March 23, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. Shirley In California

    He's right. It is – so republicans take that!

    March 23, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. Patience

    I thing the language thing is a little more colorful from Rahm Emanuel. So what is the big deal.
    Get a life.

    March 23, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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