March 31st, 2010
07:04 PM ET
5 years ago

Democrats raise money off of Biden's F-bomb

Organizing for America is using this T-shirt to raise funds.
Organizing for America is using this T-shirt to raise funds.

(CNN) – President Obama's political organization agrees with Vice President Joe Biden: "Health Reform is a BFD."

While using the four-letter word could land an elementary school kid in detention, Organizing for America is embracing it with the hope of raising some cash.

OFA, the president's political arm housed at the Democratic National Committee, is using Biden's now infamous phrase on a T-shirt to commemorate the signing of health care reform into law.

Donors who give at least $25 will receive "a limited edition 'Health Reform is a BFD' T-shirt in a super-soft, fine jersey (men's) or baby rib (women's) cotton fabric," according to a new fundraising page posted Wednesday on OFA's Web site.

A jubilant Biden made the remark after he finished introducing Obama before the president signed the landmark legislation last week. As he was stepping away from the podium, the vice president leaned in to Obama and said, "This is a big f***king deal."

A microphone picked up the vice president's comments. A short time later, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs wrote on his Twitter account: "And yes Mr. Vice President, you're right ... "

Now, OFA is comparing the signing of the health care reform legislation into law to other momentous occasions.

"There are things that are a big deal - birthdays, anniversaries, the NCAA Championship game," OFA wrote in a fundraising note. "And then there are things that are a BFD, like delivering health insurance to 32 million Americans."

Brad Woodhouse, a DNC spokesman, told CNN he thinks it is important for Democrats to highlight the importance of health care reform.

"Health reform is a huge and historic deal that will benefit American families and small businesses," Woodhouse said. "We and our supporters agree with the Vice President – health reform is a big bleeping deal."


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soundoff (208 Responses)
  1. Jim

    It's all about the $$$$$$

    March 31, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Dean

    This shows that the liberals have no class. How I yearn for a time like the 50's when people did show respect for society and could feel some shame.

    March 31, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. Mark

    Thank God we only have about 2 more years of Obama and Biden!!!

    March 31, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. porked again but at least stimulated...

    In an increasingly vulgar and profane world, it would be nice if people in these positions would conduct themselves in an adult and mature manner. And we're supposed to respect them? These are the role models our children are supposed to look up to? Pathetic.

    March 31, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. Jai-hoe

    Fundraising???!!!
    The bill is passed...why do you need to raise funds for it now?
    Somebody is lining their pockets while lying to the BFD's (Big F Dorks) dumb enough to pay 25 bucks for this garbage.

    March 31, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. Edwin

    Stupid. But Biden DOES have a mouth...

    At least they're not raising money on attack ads...

    March 31, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. Abdal-Latif

    I don't really care if he IS the vice president...no one can talk to the president that way, even if he means well. Aside from that he is not setting a good example for young people. I can't even take my little boy out for a walk without hearing everyone hurling the "F-bomb" as a verb, adjective, you name it. This society is becoming so coarse and jaded, from top to bottom.

    March 31, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. Pelosi is a see-you-en-tea

    They could make more money from it if they would put Obama's face, Nascar and "Git R done" logo's on it, and sell it at Wal-Mart.

    March 31, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. CBR

    Just another childish act by politicos. Neither political party has a monopoly on bad taste.

    Who had this bright idea? Not a tee shirt I would buy that's for sure.

    March 31, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. Mike T.

    What's the BFD?

    March 31, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. indy

    It's a disgrace to raise money off of this. One more embarrassment. Show a little class and set a better example for the little kids.

    March 31, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. Kevin -- Evansville, IN

    Nice marketing idea. Didn't the internal Republican memo just say that their donors are ego-driven and influenced by cheap trinkets?

    March 31, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  13. Abdal-Latif

    Aside from that "raise money OFF OF" is bad English, appropriate for a monster truck rally but not for a national journalistic outlet.

    March 31, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. No Bid Deal

    Call me old fashion but BFD, really, I am a parent who is trying to buck the trend and teach my kids that respect is something that is important but no my respect to the dems who think BFD is ok.

    March 31, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. ;ennifer

    Love it, love it, love it!

    March 31, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    Bill Clinton and now Obama and Biden. The slippery slope to complete cultural and moral decay just keeps getting steeper and steeper with these wacked out loony lib Dems.

    There's a new sheriff in town come November 2012.

    March 31, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. tess

    yep – this is a classy administration – such role models for our children – aren't all of you who voted for this disaster proud!!!

    March 31, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  18. ted

    This must be a GOP conspiracy to have open mikes all around Biden wherever he goes. I am tired of th eRepublicans doing stupid stuff like this. Is Limbarf and Palin behind this crap? Maybe it is Steele or Boner or Cantor or Beck or cheney?

    GOP conspiracy. That is what it is.

    March 31, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  19. No More Incumbents

    Does it say Biden is an idiot on the back?

    March 31, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  20. paksa

    This kind of 'tee-shirt' to commemorate the so-called health reform victory says so much for this administration. "Always operate from the lowest level of decorum and respect – quite appropriate for dirty politics and bottom feeders who exhibit the epitomy of juvenile behavior." What an example we are!! So sad for the country.

    March 31, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  21. RCasson

    I want one!!!

    March 31, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  22. John Harris

    Thanks for writing this inane story. Is it possible for you to refund five minutes of my life? Really, is there nothing else to write about? And why are we promoting profanity?

    March 31, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  23. J.T.

    The T-shirt and Mr. Biden is right. This is a BIG F%$kin Deal.

    March 31, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  24. Independent_me

    FINALLY the Democrats are beginning to use some of the Rethuglican's tactics!
    I won't buy one – but I applaud their efforts!

    March 31, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  25. Kathy

    Wow, so now its funny and for sale? I've heard less than that scorned on the radio. Where exactly is the line drawn with these people? Its okay for some of us up in here, but not okay for others.

    March 31, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
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