July 10th, 2010
10:18 AM ET
4 years ago

Biden jokes about wrong prediction

Joe Biden said Friday he doesn't have a good track record with making predictions.
Joe Biden said Friday he doesn't have a good track record with making predictions.

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden predicts that the Netherlands will win Sunday's World Cup championship game in South Africa, but admits his track record may not be that great.

"I think the Netherlands are going to win, but what the hell do I know? I thought LeBron was going to stay," Biden told Jay Leno Friday, in his first appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show" since taking over as vice president a year and a half ago.

The vice president was pointing to a comment regarding NBA superstar LeBron James that he made a week ago in Ohio while campaigning for the Democrat's Senate nominee in that state. James announced Thursday the he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to play with the Miami Heat.

Leno joked about Biden's tendency to speak his mind and make public gaffes. Biden said he warned then fellow Democratic Sen. Barack Obama about that, before signing on as Obama's running mate in the 2008 presidential election.

"I told the president two things when he asked me to do the job. I said, 'Just two conditions, Mr. President. I'm not going to wear any funny hats, and I'm not changing my brand.' And I kept my promise," Biden told Leno.

The late night talk show host also questioned the vice president about Friday's spy swap with Russia, in which the U.S. sent ten accused spies back to Moscow for four in return. Leno asked if the U.S. got a raw deal.

"We got back four really good ones," Biden told Leno. "And the ten, they've been here a long time, but they hadn't done much."

Asked about the return of one of the ten, attractive alleged Russian spy Anna Chapman, Biden joked "let me be clear. It was not my idea to send her back."

Also Friday while in Los Angeles, the vice president headlined a fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer of California for the second straight day. The event was held at the home of Tom Rothman, co-chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment, one of the largest movie studies in the country. According to a pool report, the event was expected to raise some $200,000 for Boxer. The three term Democratic senator faces a tough re-election bid this year against Republican nominee Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard.

Biden closed his comments at the fundraiser by saying that "California is coming back, America is coming back and Barbara Boxer is coming back."

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  1. Keith in Austin

    And everyone is predicting that Barry will throw uncle Joe under the bus when he names a new VP in 2012!

    July 10, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. ib

    just goes to show that the VP and P are more interested in basketball than what is going on in this country. We should show both them the door out in 2012 and remove controll of congress by the democrats in Nov. this year. Our country would be much better off if we do the above.

    July 10, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. NVa Native

    It's so nice to have a human as our Vice President again. Really makes you appreciate the good people in our government who are working hard to get us out of this mess we're in.

    July 10, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. jim

    Some of the comments that Biden have made show why this individual never was able to mount a successful run for president.He just can't keep his foot out of his mouth.

    July 10, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. BeverlyNC

    At least VP Biden is an honorable enough man to admit when he makes a mistake. You think any Republican would ever admit to all the lies and corruption they have done? No they just keep telling more lies to try to cover up the original lies.
    Republicans have no honor, no character, no integrity, no values, and will lose seats in a landslide this November. You don't betray your country and its People because as Michael Steele just said yesterday, "All Republicans care about is winning". That's pretty obvious for how they have ignored the needs and issues of the People all year.
    I don't know who they are anymore but they are not standing up for America. They are traitors to our country and our future.

    July 10, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. Tony in Maine

    The rightwingnuts didn't take long to spin a light hearted comment by the Vice President into an attack.

    Some day conservatives will learn that they're wrong – very wrong – so wrong that no one wants to listen to their dreck.

    July 10, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. The reality is...

    Yeah, "what the he11 does he know? Good question. He DOESN'T know that using coarse language is not befitting to the position of V.P.; or perhaps he just doesn't care.

    July 10, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Chris of NC

    but ..... a Democrat has never been wrong ...... what a provoking turnaround.

    July 10, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Bob the Observer

    We now know why vice presidents should be neither seen nor heard. This guy makes Al Gore look like a statesman.

    July 10, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Don

    Good luck to whomever wins the World Cup; Joe Biden needs to stop with the damn vulgarities!!! He will constantly make a fool of himself and making his predecessor and war monger, Dick Chaney look awesome! That is too scary for me. I may have voted for the Obama-Biden ticket; but, I am so looking forward to their impeechment!!!!

    July 10, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. Mike in SA

    What I would rather see him do is admit he's wrong in his statement from a couple weeks ago, "there's no possibility to restore eight million jobs lost in the Great Recession."

    If you and your boss can't do that job, Joe, we will be happy to find somebody who can.

    July 10, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. indy

    Well, at least he can admit when he was wrong about something. He didn't about the surge in Iraq though did he? Agreeing to be the VP may have been his dumbest move. If he's dumped before the 2012 election, he'll be out of a job. It appears that Delaware would have kept voting him back into office. Time will tell.

    July 10, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. d-bomb

    I think proper english would have been " the Nederlands is" . Not "the Nederlands are". Geez.

    July 10, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. Jackie Treehorn

    this guy is a joke and anybody that sticks up for him is an idiot as well...

    July 10, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. Charlie in Maine

    I love that guy. He is as real as they come. In a town that is full of stuffed shirts on both sides of the aisle, he reigns supreme on telling it like he sees it. very rare. It was Obama's first Presidental choice and he nailed it.

    Now who did the other guy pick?

    July 10, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Phil

    Him being on Jay Leno is just another campaign ploy for Obama.

    July 10, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. WeThePeopleofVirginia

    Someday Tony in Maine and his ilk will learn the reason a conservative spins a "light hearted comment" is to drive the Progressive batty . . . I've been wondering the same thing Biden has . . . what the hell does he know?

    HAHAHAHAHA .......

    July 10, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Anonymous

    I don't get it. Biden is only human. Everyone makes mistakes. Who's right all the time? At least he's intellligent unlike the racist moron from Alaska who doesn't know a newspaper from a country.

    July 10, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. Joey

    Biden is a joke. I can not wait until November! Change we can vote out!

    July 10, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. Dutch

    He will be right on Netherlands, just wait.

    July 10, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Annie, Atlanta

    Joey, what does November's election have to do with Vice President Joe Biden? Or are you just so full of hate you can't think clearly?

    July 10, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. Langlais

    The people making negative comments about Mr. Biden are the same ones that believe Sarah Palin would make an excellent President. Incredible!! Now who are the idiots?

    July 10, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. rdepontb

    Petty comments on display here, folks. Biden has done everything his party has asked of him-take the heat when needed, deliver some of the bad news, bring the reporters along for some good news trips, give his guidance, provide cover/distraction when needed, and run several national programs. Oh, and keep up on presidential issues, "just in case."

    Would you really rather have a Dan Quayle, Spiro Agnew, or, yech, Dick Cheney??

    July 10, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. MHabib

    Biden has been wrong about a lot of things. Think Iraq, which he wanted to divide into three countries. Think the economy, which he has for months maintained is turning around. Think Somalia , where he wanted to send in US troops a few years ago.

    In fact the man is a joke. Even his friends in the liberal press can't protect him from stepping on it regularly.

    July 10, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. Tradewinds

    Wow a politician admitting a mistake. Good for him. If he was a republican it never would have happened. I'm glad we are gonna have him around for another 6 years. I think it is also a good thing that he appeared on Leno. At least he is in touch with the public or tries to be. go Netherlands!

    July 10, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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