July 23rd, 2010
03:13 PM ET
4 years ago

Clyburn teases Biden, calling him 'clean' and 'articulate'

House Majority Whip James Clyburn poked fun at Vice President Joe Biden during a joint appearance with him Friday.
House Majority Whip James Clyburn poked fun at Vice President Joe Biden during a joint appearance with him Friday.

Washington (CNN) - House Majority Whip James Clyburn had some fun at Joe Biden's expense Friday, needling the Vice President over one of his infamous campaign gaffes.

Clyburn was introducing Biden at the dedication of the Ernest "Fritz" Hollings Special Collections Library at the University of South Carolina, named for the former senator who is a close friend of Biden's.

"Ladies and gentleman, it's a pleasure for me to present to you a mainstream American who is an articulate and bright and clean and a nice looking guy," Clyburn said, barely concealing laughter.

Biden grinned widely and embraced Clyburn as he took the stage.

It was a reference to Biden's uncomfortable description of Barack Obama in the early days of the 2008 presidential race.

Biden called Obama, then a rival for the Democratic nomination, "the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy." He later apologized.

On Friday, Biden embraced his off-message reputation.

He said that after he was tapped as Obama's running mate, he jokingly warned the then-Democratic nominee: "I ain't wearing any funny hats, and I ain't changing my brand. And I've kept my promise."


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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. The Truth

    Go ahead, you racist liberal moron politicians, and keep yucking it up. Your time is coming to an end this November.

    July 23, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Willy Brown

    It's OK when a black guy says that....

    July 23, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. u2canfail

    Biden puts his foot in his mouth. Some others make up words, don't know Hawaii is a State, and blatantly tell untruths.

    July 23, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. Wisconsinite

    VP Biden sure seems like a really nice & pretty regular guy . . . just like our current President actually.

    July 23, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Dale

    Slow news day...

    That is a good thing. No big disasters or scandals today. Move along folks. Enjoy your lives. :)

    July 23, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. Lacey and me

    Biden is still an idiot, nothing will ever change that.

    July 23, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. ehwilson429

    Biden might be clean but he is NOT articulate.

    always remember FIVE TIME DRAFT DODGER Biden has an IQ of 90.

    July 23, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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