March 27th, 2010
12:30 PM ET
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Teenager takes Biden to task over cuss word

(CNN) - A 17-year-old student from South Pasadena High School in California took Vice President Joe Biden to task Friday for his use of an un-choice word this week whispered into the ear of President Barack Obama.

"This is a huge deal," McKay Hatch told reporters. "Many kids and adults all over the world look up to Vice President Biden as a role model. He needs to be a good role model for kids and use clean and appropriate language."

Hatch was referring to Biden's "This is a big f............ deal" sotto-voce remark Tuesday to his boss during the signing of the health care bill that was picked up by microphones and amplified around the world.

Hatch called on Biden to apologize, then packed a "No Cussing Club" T-shirt, wrist bands and penalty jar into a box and carried it to the local post office, cameras documenting his every move and utterance. His goal: "to remind him to use good language."

Hatch said he was not opposed to Biden exercising his First Amendment rights. "He has the freedom of speech to say what he wants, but he can't choose the consequences of what he says," the student said. "We need as a country to get back to the basic values and come together and treat people with civility."

Hatch acknowledged that even he is not perfect. "I'm just trying to ask him, you know, think about what you're saying next time. This is about self-control. He's doing a good job; I'm just asking him, you know, try a
little harder."

Hatch's Web site,, claims more than 35,000 members and lists his more than 100 appearances on local and national television programs.

It also sells his book "The No-Cussing Club" ($19.95 + $5.50 postage and handling) and his DVD "The Story of the No-Cussing Club ($29.95 +$6 postage and handling) for sale.

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  1. Nf

    This is the probelm with uptight Americans being Puritanical about this kind of stuff. They actually give kids the impression that people don't talk like this.

    Americans should educate their kids properly, rather than f__g with their heads like this.

    March 27, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Alicia

    I hope all on here respect this young man who is about to turn 18 years of age. This is his opinion.

    Considering he is 17 years old, he must be old enough to have also
    known of Bush and Cheney using curse words.

    He wants his 15 day he will have a boss that may cuss, will he quit?

    March 27, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Eric

    Is it really that big of a deal?... Pretty sure our constitution says something about freedom of speech, or does that not apply towards the VP? I mean honestly, I'm pretty sure Simon Cowell on American Idol has said worse and he was actually insulting someone.

    March 27, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Steve

    ...and this is news!!! Give me a break...

    March 27, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Del

    From Delaware where Joe Biden calls home... trust me, he's said much dumber things, this isn't a big deal nor surprise.

    March 27, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Jay

    This was a remark that was meant just for the president. I wondering if hypocrite Hatch would ask a republican to apologize if he made that remark. Did he ask vice president Cheney to apologize when he cursed at senator Lehey? I don't think so. This "petty" nonsense needs to stop.

    March 27, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. Sam

    Get a life. At least he didn't call someone that like Cheney did.

    March 27, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Joey

    I agree. Foul language is totally unprofessional, and it would be nice to have a vice-president clever enough to think of other words.

    March 27, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. Joe Blow

    Hey Hatch.. is STFU considered cussing?

    March 27, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. RoyalBloke

    Ha ha hahaha haa haha ha ha haha ha ha, too much.

    March 27, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    hyperbole, manufactured outrage. tempest in a teapot. OH NO!

    March 27, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. gregorio

    Who in the world looks up to Joe Biden as a role model? The guy's a clown. If he was a Republican, there would be entire books written by now about why he shouldn't be VP.

    March 27, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. Jon, Tulsa, OK

    I would urge young Hatch to research Cheney's Senate floor attack on Sen. Leahy; cuss words are much more classless when used in attacking another person.

    March 27, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. Seth

    What a publicity seeking little punk. This 17 year old high school student is undoubtedly a hypocrite. Show me a 17 year old that claims to not use profanity and I will show you a liar. This kid claims the vice president needs to be a role model by not using expletives? Where was this kid when Tea Party members and GOP members were using racial slurs towards members of congress? Get a life kid.

    March 27, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. lindaGNV

    Is anyone really surprised at these two clowns?? They're both jokes on us.

    March 27, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. Gary

    Welcome to the real world young man. If you think he's the only one that does this your naieve.
    Also, you may want to thank the media, no one but the Presidenbt would have even heard it if the media wasn't looking for a Non Story.

    March 27, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. lindaGNV

    Is anyone really surprised at these two clowns????

    March 27, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Joseph

    For equity he better do the same of ex-VP Cheney!

    March 27, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. Felonious Monk

    This young man is correct! I felt it was a very poor choice of words, especially taken into historical context of the word "deal."
    FDR's New Deal
    Truman's Fair Deal
    What is Biden's deal?

    I support health care reform legislation because America should provide for the people. I support our president in this noble endeavor. This is not a handout, just a hand. That is all any American would really want, to be able to provide for their family.

    Please Mr. Vice President, be a little more carefull in your word choice. Remember, no matter how much we don't like it, as adults we are role models for our youth. Let us all act as such!

    March 27, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. kcl

    Joe should have known better and should be held accountable, this from a voter who voted Obama/Biden. Astronomical day and this remark will linger as foder for the Sarah Palin Tea Partiers. Too bad.

    March 27, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. rick

    this kid needs to get the stick out of his bu**!

    loosen up. it's the way people talk.

    March 27, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. John

    All I can say is F#$% this kid. I have served 19 years in the military, and swearing is not only a first amemdment right, but sometimes, swearing is needed to express feelings that no other adjective can describe.

    So forget your "No Cussing Club" This is the 21st Century. I am sick of all the Political Correctness.

    March 27, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This is better known as cherry picking. One could better serve the country by dennouncing hate crimes and all the negative and ugly posters displayed of our President, but I guess that's OK. That would be coming together and treating people with civility, until then I can take a cuss word anyday over being called something that is totally derogatory and racist.

    March 27, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. lephtwrite

    what a waste of timeā€¦this is news CNN?

    March 27, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. Erik

    What an f-ing nerd, lol. Curse words are a psychological safety valve used to express anger or even, in this instance, excitement. They serve a very pertinent purpose.

    March 27, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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