February 26th, 2010
10:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Biden's open mic moment

(CNN) - The burdens of the presidency have been well documented, but perhaps it's not so hard being the No. 2.

At least that's what Vice President Joe Biden suggested to Republican Rep. Eric Cantor at Thursday's bipartisan health care summit.

Cameras picked up an impromptu discussion between Biden and the House minority whip shortly before the afternoon session began:

Biden: How you doing Eric?
Cantor: Not bad Mr. Vice President
Biden: Good, doing alright. It's easy being Vice President believe me.
Cantor: It's like being a grandparent and not the parent.
Biden: Yeah that's it.

Jay Carney, Biden's communications director, said the vice president was "obviously joking, as any review of his schedule and responsibilities would make abundantly clear."

Politico first reported the exchange.

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Expat American

    Lots of people making this out to be a lot more than it is....how many of these same people identify with Peggy Hill Palin because they consider her to be 'on their level'...?

    February 26, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. building7

    could have been Palin....

    Palin: How you doing Eric?
    Cantor: Not bad Mrs. Vice President
    Palin: Good, doing alright. It's easy being Vice President you betcha.
    Cantor: It's like being a grandparent and not the parent.
    Palin: speaking of grandchildren, had my daughter actually abstained, she would never have been offered to appear on a tv show.... thats why i say one thing, and do another, you betcha (wink)

    February 26, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. SocialismBad

    To think ol' Crazy Joe is one heartbeat from the Presidency...

    I don't know which is worse, arrogant know-it-all Obama or Bumbling Biden. The rest of the world is laughing at the USA. I get the feeling NEITHER of these clowns has an ounce of common sense or a grip on reality.

    February 26, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. Lady Dee

    Okay .. . so what!

    February 26, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Kevin in Atlanta

    So why is this news? He was clearly just joking around a bit. It's sad that we've gotten to the point where political officials can't just "be themselves" without being demonized for every missed word...

    February 26, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Willie K.

    Worse than traitor Dick Cheney, who upheld the man who outed a CIA operative? I think not. Joe is just a good old guy trying to kid around wiith a stiff-shirted, caviar-eating rich boy. Can't you elitist snobs even take a joke?

    February 26, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. Lady Dee

    Where is the story?

    February 26, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. james

    Biden jokes a whole lot, doesn't he? He's the reason we have to make sure no one ever takes a shot at Obama. We have enough trouble with Obama as president. Put Biden in there and forget it. World's over.

    February 26, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. Jim

    Much ado about nothing. Vice- President was being cordial and friendly to Rep Cantor anything else read into this is just nonsense and his office shouldn't have to defend anything.

    February 26, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. Mike in MN

    Biden is no bulldog. He is a bewildered puppy who sometimes barks when he gets startled. He is totaly out of his element as VP of the United States. Total idiot.

    February 26, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. felicia

    Why are you people calling our President dumb, President Obama is not dumb by a long shot. You white people is so disrespectful.

    February 26, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. Dustin

    My lord. It was a joke people. He agreed with a joke that a fellow elected rep made. Get over yourselves.

    February 26, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. No Incumbents 2010

    Eric Cantor is an idiot for saying being VP is like being a grandparent. I don't get the analogy. A reference to Biden's wisdom and experience? Eric Cantor is a one-man gaffe machine.

    February 26, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. Fitz in Texas

    Yeah, Biden likes being our "grandparent" and Obama likes being our "daddy".....Good thing daddy and granddaddy will be voted out in 2012 and it sure can't get here fast enough.

    February 26, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. Jeff in Virginia

    Do you mean to tell me that Politico took a pot-shot at the Vice President with no context? I am shocked! Shocked! **clutches pearls**

    They are a tabloid-level political publication who has no problem acting as Dick Cheney's mouthpiece. That should tell you about their journalistic integrity.

    February 26, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. Mathew

    Oh sheesh. What's the big deal?

    And to Scott from Tucson: You blame liberals for voting in this "duo", but keep in mind that it was Eric Cantor (a GOP representative) that drew the parent-grandparent analogy. Frankly, there are idiots on both sides of the political spectrum but you can't solely blame liberals on this one.

    February 26, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Hall for Obama

    What is wrong with you people? Being a Grandparent is much more fun than being a parent, you can spoil as a grandparent, the parent have to give the tough love. I am not sure who the President is ignoring but it is not me. I have worked over 45 year and I am enjoying my retirment but I know so many people who need insurence and health care, if you don't need any you are one of the lucky few.

    February 26, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. Tom

    Oh come on everyone, get over it. Props to Biden and Cantor being able to share a light moment during what was a very tense and very partisan environment.

    February 26, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. Jean

    Oh well – it's just Biden. There ladies and gentlemen, in that canned excuse always being dredged up for Biden, is WHY the job of being VP is so easy for Biden – Obama is afraid of what he will say/do if he gives him to much leash so he is largely kept under wraps and out of the spotlight . Geesh what a mistake this guy was for VP. It's also sad that the dems and liberal left have to fall back on the age old excuse for Biden's shortcomings of "oh that's just Biden" too bad – there were so many other very capable people who could have been VP who would not have needed a canned excuse for the dumb things he says or does and would actually have commanded the respect that the position deserves.

    February 26, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. MatthewDetroit

    All the DEMS were worried about Sarah Palin.

    Sarah Palin can NOT hold a candle to Joe Biden.

    Biden is King of the Idiots....
    He is a monkey in a suit.
    The Court Jester...

    Seriously what a baffoon...

    February 26, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. Jersey Jeff

    Old news. People have joked about the Vice Presidency since the first Vice President. The joke under Reagan was that George H.W. Bush's job was to go to state funerals. And, by the way, the constitution assigns no specific duties to the VP other than being prepared to take over the presidency in an emergency. Better to have a VP who knows his place than one who wants to be a shadow president (Cheney) or use his role for activism (Gore).

    February 26, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. Lynn

    Kat had better hope an illness isn't a disqualification for health insurance. Have a child who has overcome a cancer, but never ever be covered by medical insurance, even through an employer. Don't be blinded by GOP self-righteousness. Amazing, both our President and Vice-President can speak without reading their hand.

    February 26, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. jules sand-perkins

    To me, that conversation sounds like nothing more than uninvolved, distance-making chatter between two men who would prefer not to have to speak at all.

    February 26, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
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