January 28th, 2009
10:40 AM ET
8 years ago

Biden apologizes to Roberts for oath of office joke

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/21/art.biden.gi.jpg caption="Biden couldn't pass up poking fun at Chief Justice Roberts last week."](CNN) — An aide to Vice President Joe Biden tells CNN he called Chief Justice John Roberts last week to apologize for a light-hearted remark he made over the flubbed Inauguration Day oath of office.

"My memory is not as good as Justice Roberts, Chief Justice Roberts," Biden said last Wednesday, as he asked for a copy of the oath he was using to swear in senior members of the White House staff.

Several staffers reacted to the comment with groans and laughter, though President Obama, standing next to Biden, did not crack a smile.

An aide to the vice president said Tuesday the two men spoke privately after that comment. “They spoke and had a good conversation,” said the aide, who declined to give further details.

Roberts' mistake came about half way through the 35-word oath, when, reciting from memory, he said the word 'faithfully,' out of order. The flub confused Obama who ultimately repeated the mistake.

Meanwhile, Biden has been selected to handle the administration’s first foreign trip. The White House said Tuesday the vice president will travel to Germany next week with retired Gen. James Jones, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.

Biden will represent the United States at the Wehrkunde, the annual security policy conference held in Munich.

–CNN's Ed Henry contributed to this report

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soundoff (609 Responses)
  1. Oregon calling

    Say it ain't so Joe!

    January 28, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. DJ

    Biden is a TOOL!!!

    January 28, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Jeremy

    KenM: Check your spelling, then come back and play...I would love to see the facts to back up your claims...of course all I will see from you are New York Times articles and left-wing media filters...Why don't you get an understanding of economics, international relations, and the democratic process of the United States and then try to blame everything that has gone wrong on W and the (R)s...good luck. The only thing I will conceed is the horrible planning of the war in Iraq and keeping Rumsfeld on too long. After they got rid of him, things have steadily improved. Respect the man who led us through one of the most devistating attacks on our soil, and who had since kept us safe from further attacks. I only hope that President Obama can do the same.

    January 28, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. rena

    I guess with everything going on in the economy is probably why a bunch of you are sounding like old betties. Maybe you should try laughter, you know the bible says that it does the heart good like medicine. People please try an lighten up; it will get better. This to will past. Just remember that everything that has a beginning must have an ending whether you like the outcome or not. Be patient and lest see what happens. In the meanwhile, I will be praying and smiling as much as possible, so that just in case I run into any of you on this blog, hopefully my smile will bring some joy and delight to your heart.

    January 28, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. rurrikk

    Obama picked biden because he will do his job well. Another contribution that his campaign had over McCain. Palin had no xp. Biden will do a terrific job with foreign affairs

    January 28, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Gaffemeister

    Actually Joe thought he was at the FDR inauguration...

    January 28, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. Bill

    As long as Biden does not lie to people like he has for the last 20 years.

    January 28, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. Chris - Denver

    is it just me or have Republicans all of a sudden developed remarkably thin skin?

    January 28, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Craig

    Bidens comment was unprofessional to say the least. Sad Sad Sad attempt at a joke. Well he along with Obama is a joke. So here we have it.

    Osama bin Laden
    Obama Bidenladen

    Man those are close.

    January 28, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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