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. Anonymous

    My grandfather once told me..

    Not that a person has to go around using profane language, but occasionally it is quite appropriate to express yourself in such terms.
    Sometimes the situation calls for it. It doesnt make a person uncivilized or unintellectual. It makes a person HONEST in how theyre feeling at that moment.

    Hatch sounds like an honest to goodness pansy. Seriously. Im 34 and im raising a son, and he will be educated and well spoken, but he will also be free to express himself how he pleases once he comes to age. Hatch also appears to be an opportunists, looking to sell his "club".

    All in all, i'd rather have someone curse when necessary, then see these Republicans who are rude without cursing.

    March 27, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Tammy

    I guess that teenager lives in a parallel universe. I don't like cussing, don't do it, but once in a while, some words are just the most appropriate.

    March 27, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. whatever!

    Tis kid was probably forced by hisparents to say this nonsense.

    March 27, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. juge

    This boy is ridiculous in his hair-brained scheme to get camera face time. Joe Biden said a strong word for the strong sentiment we all felt for the passage of the Health Reform bill that FINALLY passed. The first step to joining the rest of the civilized world in caring about our peoples well-being. Shame on you little boy for pulling this hat trick.

    March 27, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. michael

    Oh, please.....why didn't he or anyone else go after Dick Cheney when he said the f-word on NATIONAL TV the last year of his administration??
    That kid's energy is being wasted...why doesn't he volunteer his time in a church or to help community instead of going after someone for a word his parents probably use every week.

    March 27, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Todd

    Seriously kid, who cares.

    March 27, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. JES

    Biden has no class and he will never change.

    March 27, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. Todd

    Opportunism at its worst.

    March 27, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. Brent

    Oh golly gee wilikers!! Bad language makes my ears hurt. Good thing I live in a cave and never have to hear any.

    March 27, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. Grace

    McCay, did you call former VP Dick Cheney to task when he said the "F" word? How about equal scolding. Make a list of all the political figures and religious figures who "stand" as people to be looked up to and then call them ALL to task, publically.

    March 27, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. It's time for another change!

    We have a serious problem with this country if our youth are looking up to Biden as a role model. Biden has proven over and over again that he's a complete joke. Certainly his selection as VP is Obama's biggest mistake for personnel at the White House.

    March 27, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. Jason

    So a grown man using the f-word....This is news?

    March 27, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. aught

    Who cares!!!! Dick Cheney dropped F bombs all the time and he directed them a certain people.

    March 27, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. Patrick

    puh ... lease. This kids parents should get a life.

    March 27, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. David Flick

    Words cannot be obscene. Words can conjure images or feelings that are 'obscene' to some. A better word is 'inappropriate': that word actually signifies the subjective nature of the response to the 'obscene'.

    I don't like that people constantly try to force morality and narrow-mindedness upon others. If you don't like it, don't listen.

    March 27, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. Gary N

    My question is, what else can we expect from Biden? I've never felt I should expect more and certainly have been given proof that I should expect less.

    March 27, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. JC Kansas

    The only big deal about it kid is its about time you get a taste of the real world, not the sanitized politically correct world of fantasy. You sahll be unhappy in life and find that you are offended for no reason than your puritanical PC outlook of life.

    March 27, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. cspurgeon

    Biden should apoligise and this kid needs to go find something productive to do.

    March 27, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. mike

    get a life kid

    March 27, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. To the south of The South

    Yeah, VPs should be good role models. Take Dick Cheney, what a great role model he was...

    March 27, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. Noah

    wow what a prick. I'm 17 as well, and yea he screwed up, but everyone swears. Give Joe another... chance, we all let one slip in bad company.

    March 27, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. Embarrassed citizen

    And let's not forget our classy president said that Biden's comment was the best part of the day and he wants the slogan on a t-shirt. Stay classy, Barack.

    March 27, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Grow up or stay out of the adult end of the pool

    March 27, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  24. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Good for you, kid .... BUT, are you as concerned about the violent, racist, homophobic language that it is being thrown around these days? I'm much more concerned about this kind of language than I am of an accidental f-bomb caught by an open microphone. Fight for your principles but consider that you need to be concerned with more than just "cuss" words.

    March 27, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. dadtonjmj

    Congrats kid you have your 15 minutes. Now realize that its just a word. If you do not put weight to it then its not offensive. The most offensive thing about this is that Bidden is the vice president to begin with.

    March 27, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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