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. Albo58

    This kid has it wrong...NO one looks up to Joe Biden as a role model! Worse VP in American history!

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

    You know, this boy's comment is exactly what's wrong with the political "moral police" people out there. There is an unspoken ideology that history's "movers and shakers" were men of higher standards. That is a myth. The founding fathers, the leaders of other countries and world organizations, were (are) just regular people who speak "human language." These people did ,and do, laugh, cry, get angry etc. They use the vernacular of the day and yes, they cuss. Get over is entirely this boy's thinking that incites judgement, prejudice, division and more. His attitude and his movement automatically pits one "kind" of human being against another. Why can't we just cool off, get over it and learn to be "big people" and get along just the way we are.

    March 27, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. bk

    It was not a public statement. Like Hatch, he's not perfect either. This is just a chance for Hatch to capitalize on this. How much will he make in promoting his DVD and book? Isn't it just Hatch's luck that the VP isn't perfect?

    March 27, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Sarah- The real one, in Vegas

    Seriously? Some kid who is making a profit by chastising people like an overbearing aunt uses someone famous as a target to drive up personal profits and this is news? Tabloids have been doing this to actresses they deem are "too fat" for years! Where is the story here?

    March 27, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. CJ/PA

    Good for him, and I, for one, don't appreciate our Vice President using that language! It demeans him and his position. And while we're at it, how about sending a "No Cuss" kit to Rahm Emanual as well!!

    March 27, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. Mike D. in San Diego

    Apparently this kid is being raised to think what you say is more important than what you do... a young Republican in the making.

    March 27, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. James

    I was quite a scolding busybody when I was 17, too. I wasn't nearly so good at making money off of it, though.

    March 27, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Holmes

    This opportunist is clearly grandstanding and trying to make a buck off of a non-issue. Did he complain when Dick Cheney told a US Senator to "Go f- yourself"? Is he equally upset at all the threats and hate-speech currently coming from the tea-baggers? How about the 99% of teenagers who swear every day at his own school? This mock outrage is pathetic.

    March 27, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. herbivore

    I sure am glad that we have solved all of our social problems stemming from anger, greed, and ignorance, and can now turn to the urgently pressing issue of grown-ups using four-letter words to express strong feelings. Nothing is a bigger threat to our country. I'm sure this kid's motivation is entirely atruistic and not based upon the fact that he makes money off these absurd products.

    March 27, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. John5252

    He just wants us to use "good" English.

    If we all used "um" as much as him, we could speak "good" English too.

    although he probable writes it as "Good English Two"

    March 27, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Mike Mc

    obviously this kid sits by himself at the lunchtable 😉

    March 27, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. mle53

    Wow...I bet this kid is a real hit at parties. Chill out, it's just a word.

    March 27, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. SonnyRey, Near D.C.

    Hatch, The Snot, should be seen but not heard. He should mind his own buisness and stop listening to conversations not meant for him. This is a big f--' deal!

    March 27, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. bill

    I would tell this kid to look at the context in which it was used... granted, not the best choice of adjectives, but I d rather see it used as an adjective, as opposed to when Cheney used it as a verb, several times, telling people to f off

    March 27, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. Joyce Spincic

    Another person who is looking for 15 minutes of fame. He's calling on the VP for an apology, but the media, who has repeated it over and over, around the world, isn't suffering any rath? It's bull!! People would be a lot better off if they just did what the know is the right thing to do, instead of using terms like "rolemodel", to get themselves out of things.

    March 27, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. Sue

    I would almost be willing to bet-– that the majority of those who work at CNN, actually watch Fox in order to hear about the "real" news and the "real" facts.

    According to "TV By the Numbers"-–there are not many people watching MSNBC, CNN, etc.

    March 27, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. ESM

    Are you serious? One so-called "bad word" (who decides the official list of these words anyways?) whispered to someone else but picked up by sensitive microphones is such a big deal? We've seen most of our previous President's make similar "gaffes". They're just normal people. Maybe people should focus their energy into something that actually matters.

    March 27, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. Jay Grimms

    Really? REALLY?!?!! Is the world that politically correct nowadays? A man can not tell his friend what a big F@&$ing deal is, Vice President Biden was obviously excited for the monumental event that Democrats have been fighting for for years....

    So this my friends, is not a BIG F#&$ing DEAL!

    March 27, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. John King

    Oh, this little %$%$# again? Grow up kid, and find something real to worry about.

    March 27, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |

    Good for you McKay. I thought it showed ignorance. I was always told in school that those that have to use filthy language really didn't have much to say anyway. I'll have to agree with that statement. That ignorant statement from a supposed leader will teach many in the future History books what losers we have in the White House. No decency what-so-ever. It's one thing to be a pig in private with your dirty mouth but what a shame our children will need to be removed from the room now because Biden and Gibbs find it amusing to speak filthy language in front of the World.

    March 27, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Bill in Austin

    Must be a Young Conservative. The Bush Admin salted their language with words that would water your eyes. Where was the admonishments then? Bet Cantor is behind all this?

    March 27, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. Steve,NY

    I found trough my experience that the more liberal you get the more you swear. Great trait.. That's why Obama and Briden got elected. As the saying goes, "birds of the feather flock together". Makes sence to me.
    Nopthing wrong with that??

    March 27, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Jimmy

    Is the offense over the fact that a Democratic candidate said a cuss word? Would the fake outrage be the same if a Republican candidate said a cuss word? How about his own parents? I can appreciate high moral standards, but please don't be hypocritcal about it.

    March 27, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. John

    That is &%#@ awesome!

    March 27, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. Brenda

    Forget the cuss word go after the "POPE". Who is the worse one?

    March 27, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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