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. Clint, Wa.

    Joe, Joe, Joe, next time you use the F-word in public, iwould tone it down a little, Like it's a BIG Fornicating deal.

    March 27, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. LHoughton

    Truer words were never spoken by Biden! The American people got screwed on this deal….

    March 27, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  3. Lee Ann Zanon

    To our vice president conduct himself so unprofessionally harms our national reputation, as well as the young people who look to him as role model for "success." Yes, it's just a word, but it's a word that parents teach their children not to say, a word that causes movies to be rated R, a word that reflects an utter lack of class.

    March 27, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    I agree with the Kid. However, he must know that there's nothing wrong with the word. It was just Biden, the idiot, who forgot that he was on with the microphone!

    Without the word F... and its action - none of us would be around, here, now, and into the future

    March 27, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  5. Toks

    I am sure by the time you get to age 30, the 4king word will be music to your ears!

    March 27, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  6. Jon Krieger

    Gee,how you libertards howled when Dick Cheney used the same word once,but when Swell Guy Joe Biden says the same thing "Oh it's just a word"!The f»@+kin' hypocrisy never stops with you people!

    March 27, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. jon

    Let's see whether those democRATs and liberals are the world's most hypocritic fools not.Kid, just please say "F......those" who posted here said it is OK for bid/bad mouth Biden to say the OBAMACARE is a Big "F.....Bill".I think this kid's manners are much better than OBAMA and BIDENS!

    March 27, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  8. dan smith

    Amazing how all you CARING ah–e liberals are attacking a teenager. And the worst thing this kid could do is help some lazy slimebag welfare liberal. Obama can take care of all you lazy bums.

    March 27, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  9. Ken Watts - St Louis

    This young man is absolutely correct. The VP should not curse in public, period. We should not be attacking this young man. I am a Democrat and I do think ALL politicians should speak without cursing.

    March 27, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  10. kimm in charlotte nc

    Kudos kid for taking a stand. Now do me a favor and call upon members of the Tea Party to not call anyone else the N-word while reporters are around. Their words were documented by many reporters this past week. And I believe the word is 'curse' not 'cuss'. If you are going to reprimand, make your list complete. Targeting only one individual appears too biased.

    March 27, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  11. Keith in Austin

    Biden is a walking bleep job. His F-Bomb comment pales compared to his never-ending stupidity!

    March 27, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  12. martin, austin texas

    I get your point son,
    Its not political. Our behavior and civility is what separates us from the animals, we should be able to control ourselves at least in the presence of innocence and children who are looking up to people in authority to admire. Mentors who lead minds that are still being developed.Don't give up hope,just like the slogan says "keep hope alive"

    March 28, 2010 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
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