(CNN) - President Barack Obama called Vice President Joe Biden shortly after Thursday's vice presidential debate, and told reporters that he "could not be prouder" of his running mate.
"I'm going to make a special point of saying I thought Joe Biden was terrific," he told reporters after Air Force One landed near Washington. "I could not be prouder of him. I thought he made a very strong case. And you know I really think that his passion for making sure that the economy grows for the middle class came through so I'm really proud of him."
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It is highly unusual for Obama to approach reporters in this fashion after deplaning.
Obama also posted a tweet to his official Twitter feed after the debate.
"Tonight proved once again that you won't find a better and more tireless advocate for the middle class than @JoeBiden. -bo #TeamJoe," he wrote.
Obama was to watch at least part of the debate while flying back from Florida, where he held an earlier campaign fundraiser in Miami.
Romney listened to Obama to the completion of his comment, then unloaded. Biden interupted every sentence. Forceful and effective vs. rude and obnoxious... The needle moves to the right.
Joe Biden took a bite out of Ryan! Romney beware "The Man of Steel" Super Joe Biden has come to the rescue!!! He'll put you in a "Vice Presidential" grip! Beware!!!
Go Biden..liked how you handled Ryan...he seemed robotic at times...didn't seemed to know what he was talking about...now it's your turn Obama go for the jugular...
The fact that Romney has more than 1 percent of the vote is evidence that we need a larger emphasis on mathematics and crictal thinking in this country.
Get ready for Tuesday and get your facts on the table
I do believe that joe did far better than ryan in tonight's debates, the democrats should be happy tonight
Excellent job Biden. OBAMA 2012
Obama and Biden are a joke. It's time for both of them to go away.
Why, would anyone, who is undecided, vote for two men that flipflop and lie at every point along the campaign trail ?
That, is beyond my comprehension.
That Ryan fella just repeated talking points when asked for details of how they would deal with the economy and military pull out...was a bit embarrassed for him. Very obvious who knew his stuff and who would not put up with any malarky.
I hope people will really do their research. Research the real differences between these four men. Research their experience. Research their beliefs, their families, their past. Research their leadership experience. We are HIRING a president.
And I hope they were watching. Biden was rude, interrupting over and over again the real substance that Ryan was trying to share. I hope Americans are strong enough and wise enough to do their research and hire the right guy for the job. Anyone who says Biden did better had their rose colored glasses on.
Republican hypocrisy exposed!
Joe Biden showed a creepy mix of anger and looniness. He tried much too hard to make up for Obama's loss. It was difficult to listen to all of the screaming.
Biden had no tact or respect. Being our current VP, this is unacceptable. Would you praise your boss for acting this way? Yes, Biden is an "old pro", but has had this seat for 4 years. Ryan presented more plans and facts than Biden did by far. Biden only has his and Obama's proof that nothing he said tonight works.
Biden was rude and disgusting!! Hope he's not driving tonight – he even seemed like he had been drinking.
I am so surprised that ...that was the best Biden could considering that he has HOW MANY YEARS? on politics and doing that job?.... The underdog Ryan explained clearly and looked serious about this serious topics. Biden was unpleasant with his "joke" laugh, continous interruptions and continued blinking of eyes. He interrupted 84 times?
I too Mr. President could not be more prouder of our Vice President. Great job!
The news outlets are reporting the results of the vice presidential debate as follows:
● 48% of voters say Paul Ryan won
● 44% of voters say Joe Biden won
● 8% voters say they're unsure who won the debate, but they are sure that Joe Biden is a weasel
I just can't believe you say Rayan won. Rayan did not have specifics at all.
Yes joe Biden is amazing told a truth the fact!! Go Biden!!! Ryan all the way liar own mouth
biden was inspirational.
hmmm....and I am still left wondering what the Obama plan is for the next 4 years.
I was waiting for the ambulance for Ryan.
Biden nor Obama speaks for the middle class. Neither wonder where their next paycheck is coming from. They say they will fight for us. They had 4 years to do so and zip has happened. Biden came across as an arrogant show off. This independent will be leaning right this year – the right choice!
Paul Ryan's performance reminded me of the "Gollum"character from "Lord of the Rings".The resemblance is uncanny, I was waiting for him to refer to Romney as "my Precious"!!!