Tweet of the day: 'Big – important – deal'
June 28th, 2012
06:25 PM ET
6 years ago

Tweet of the day: 'Big – important – deal'

(CNN) - When President Barack Obama signed his health care bill into law in 2010, Vice President Joe Biden turned to him and said in his ear, but loudly enough that microphones picked it up, "This is a big f***king deal."

That came to be the best-remembered moment from the ceremony. The Obama campaign printed it on t-shirts and the White House press secretary weighed in with a response.

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After the Supreme Court upheld the law on Thursday, a tweet from the vice president recalled the sentiment.

"Today's decision is a really big – important – deal," he tweeted.

Earlier in the day, perhaps feeling the day as Biden did back in 2010, the Democratic National Committee executive director tweeted his own celebratory and off-color comment.

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Filed under: Health care • Joe Biden • President Obama • Supreme Court
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Patricia

    CNN – Please stop referring to the Affordable Health Care Act as "ObamaCare". It is a negative political term and has come to encompass government overreaching. Where is your editorial policay? I have heard this from nearly all of your reporters and commentators. It's juvenlie, unprofessional, and unfair

    June 28, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. Darryl

    The President & V.P.Biden ? Two great men who deserve to be right where they are Leading our country to fairness and equality for everyone.This President & V.P. will be forever in History for their tough fight against all odds the republican party put up against them.They well deserve our support and our vote. And they will get that come November 6th 2012.

    June 28, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. cali girl

    Thank you President Barrack Obama, you have the guts to take on the biggest law in our times. I do believe Teddy K has a huge grin today. Today will be remembered in history. We are a nation 10 times better than most, and yet fall way behind in healthcare, and we are starting to get their too. This means volumes to those of us who struggle to pay for healthcare now, and great service to all Americans.

    June 28, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. buttermybuttandcallmeabiscuit

    Often, in vain, I have looked for just one redeeming aspect of the George W. Bush administration. Who knew it would one day come in the guise of his appointment of John Roberts as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court even though we all know that was not Bush's intention? Many Presidents have promised health care reform (Teddy Roosevelt) and one even tried (Bill Clinton) but only one delivered. Thank you President Obama! It is irony at it's best, and a wonder how the threads of history are woven that would lead to a better America from the horrendous presidency of George W. Bush.

    June 28, 2012 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. anthony78

    And if the Republicans want to use the whole "TAX" argument come NOVEMBER, Dems should respond with ONE simple question.. "SO WHERE ARE THE JOBS YOU GUYS PROMISED???"

    They didn't promise to be focused like a laser on social issues like gay rights, abortion, immigration laws, or health care...
    THEY campaigned on JOBS, JOBS, JOBS.

    So come November, I hope the voters remember the Tea Party taking the country hostage, lowering it's credit rating, and searching for Obama's birth certificate.

    So I say bring on any "OBAMA raised our TAXES" arguments, where it can easily be TRUMPED by the JOBS argument...

    June 28, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. Myviewis

    They definitely do not have President Bill Clinton's class.

    June 28, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  7. shark

    this is a day of days congradulations america some body who seems to care us fially prevail on behalf.

    June 28, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. Larry L

    Vice President Joe Biden is the real deal! He doesn't put up with any Republican crap and they hate him for it. Good!

    This healthcare law is something passed to help the American people – not just the ultra-rich fat-cats the Republicans are defending. It's outrageous that Romney actually "invented" the prototype for the law but now denies that absolute fact. What a liar. Republicans themselves proposed many of the provisions but cried "socialism" when the President looked to them for compromise. The Tea Party radicals are being sent a message from the American people!

    June 28, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  9. jake

    Congradulations President Obama. What you have achieved is nothing less than inspirational. Many presidents before you, democrat and republican alike have tried very hard to achieve what you have with medical care for all americans. Welcome to the 21st century america. Now the people can move forward and know they won't go bankrupt having to care for their families. Now go win in november and continue this great presidential journey you started in 2008. Obama 2012.

    June 28, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  10. from cincinnati

    Say whatever words you want! Thank you Thank you Thank you!

    June 28, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  11. DENNA

    Who knew that VP. Biden was a prophet. LOL. He hit it on the nose. Hillary Clinton should be proud. The GOP stopped her cold.

    June 28, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    It is a prime importance to the needs of an average American.

    June 28, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. DagnyTag

    "I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes." – B.O.

    June 28, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  14. ttim

    Thank you Mr. President! After 100 years of attempt to help the American people, you accomplished it! And killed Bin Laden!

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 28, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  15. Walt

    It is a big important deal and it has alexithymic Mitt staying up all night and losing sleep, but not President Obama or VP Biden over at the White House.

    June 28, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  16. Namemichelle

    If they take every bodys healthcare care away ,then maybe they would feel like the people that there jobs don't have health care feels.

    June 28, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  17. judy

    it is a big deal and the lying repos are trying to make it sound like everyone is getting a tax increase. The only people this effects are people who choose not to buy insurance than they can afforf. So stop the crying and move on to job creation and student loans, Obama 2012 Forward

    June 29, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  18. ThinkAgain

    I love Joe!

    To all you righties getting your panties all bunched up (which wouldn't happen if you actually did some research and thought for yourself instead of relying on the GOP and Fox and other folks who are trying to get you to vote against your own self-interest), here is the first paragraph of the Supreme Court majority opinion:

    In 2010, Congress enacted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in order to increase the number of Americans covered by healthinsurance and decrease the cost of health care. One key provision is the individual
    mandate, which requires most Americans to maintain "minimum essential" health insurance coverage. 26 U. S. C. §5000A. For individuals who are not exempt, and who do not receive health insurance through an employer or
    government program, the means of satisfying the requirement is to purchase insurance from a private company. Beginning in 2014, those who do not comply with the mandate must make a shared responsibility payment to the Federal Government. §5000A(b)(1). The Act provides that this "penalty" will be paid to the Internal Revenue Service with an individual's taxes, and "shall be assessed and collected in the same manner" as tax penalties.

    Please note the phrase about purchasing insurance from a "private company." How is this a "government takeover"?

    June 29, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  19. Desmond, Objectively in Canada

    Now the USA is getting much more like our great country of CANADA! If we were living in the US, my wife would probably have been dead from cancer FIVE years ago. With our Universal Health care, our economy is still a million times stronger than yours.

    June 29, 2012 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  20. Edwin

    I liked his first comment better. It was authentic, not sanitized.

    June 29, 2012 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  21. Matte

    Why does the republican party have so much trouble with the truth. Stop telling the public bull crap and you might get some place. The fact of the health care bill will only affect people without healthcare. the so called tax is actually a penallty for not having a healthcare plan by 2016. if you want to call it a tax then call it the freeloaders tax. if you go to the hospital and dont pay your bill all the rates go up for those that can pay. is that fair to people that did the right thing. you republicans should be ashamed of your party. call it the party of false facts instead of republican.

    June 29, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  22. Out Of Touch with reality

    Its a TAX and obama and Dems LIE, we wont raise taxes on the middle class, well a family making $30,000 a year just got a $2200 tax increase thanks to king obama.

    June 29, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  23. Out Of Touch with reality

    Revolution is near, Its a TAX and obama and Dems LIE, we wont raise taxes on the middle class, well a family making $30,000 a year just got a $2200 tax increase thanks to king obama.

    June 29, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  24. King

    OJ hell the dreaded tea party who destroyed the dems for saving the country, from the wreckless repubs policies in the 2010 elections is on the prowl again to elect more obstructionist folks to our government again. the repubs spent about half a billion dollars to fool the gullible against their best interest. the repubs want the corporation to control healthcare while telling the people that corporations are not in business to make profit on any cost.

    June 29, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |

    I wear my OFA B.F.D. t-shirt with pride.

    June 29, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
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