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. jeff

    this kid's a little too sensitive...

    March 27, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Roger Whipple

    How is this news?

    March 27, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Brandon

    Oh please, why are we making this a big deal? I admire the guy for using the f-bomb, it makes him real to me. Anyone who has a problem with this is, quite honestly, a snobby prude.

    March 27, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. David Barnes

    Oh COME ON!! No17-year-old is really this uptight (and if he is, he has major issues). He's just looking for attention and trying to make some money out of it. Sure, it's wrong to curse when you're cursing AT a person to insult them, not because of the language but because of it's intended effect: to cause harm. Biden's remark didn't do that. It was a joyful, non-PC expression and I wish more politicians would allow themselves to be so genuine.

    March 27, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |

    This teenager is choosing a lost cause by trying to civilize Biden.
    Biden is a loose cannon who'll never change.

    March 27, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. Sporttsfan1999

    Hey kid, get a grip on life. If you really look up to Biden then you will realize he is a human being. If this upsets you so much, you will drive yourself insane by the time you are 30.

    March 27, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. RudyV

    Guess the cussing club was not around when D. Cheney voice his displeasure at us for asking too many questions and used the F-Bomb. at least Joe thought his comment for the prez ears only...good old Cheney looked directly at the camera and ... what a role model

    March 27, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. Polkovnik

    A very nice free ad for Mr. Hatch's book. He should be very grateful.

    March 27, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. rashid

    Let's face it, Joe's not the brightest bulb in the house. We were worried about McCain if he died as President. What about Obama??

    March 27, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. Pam Holt

    I don't trust people that don't cuss.

    March 27, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. Jacob C

    This is absolutely ludicrous, this kid is nuts and needs to grow a pair of balls. The Vice President shouldn't be censored in his private remarks to the President, if anything the kid should be upset with the media that keeps repeating it. Cussing is the best form of free expression, this guy needs to stop being so whipped up on an irrelevant and unimportant matter.

    March 27, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. Charles

    I remember when Cheney said an expletive on the Senate floor and the lib world become discombobulated with frenzy and hate and venom. Biden does it and the left just chuckles and laughs. MSM and the libs are the ulitmate hypocrites.

    March 27, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. Real American

    A "No Cussing Club"? Seriously? That makes the Chess Club look cool.

    March 27, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. John

    Teenager takes Biden to task over cuss word

    So why wasn't anyone taking Cheney to task for his vulgarity toward Senator Leahy?

    Oh, that's right. It's OK if for Republicans.

    March 27, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. Emily

    Good for this young man. How refreshing to know that values are important to someone these days. This man helps to represent our country, and, while he does have rights to say whatever, he has a responsibility to represent our nation's image. Keep up the good work McKay Hatch!

    March 27, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. Dan

    Someone thinks pretty highly of himself to be telling the Vice President of the United States about morality.

    Loosen up your Hannah Montana promise ring kid and shut up.

    March 27, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Jason

    Now thats the type of lobbying we need.... I hope all our young people can be brave enough to choose just one good cause and speak up for common decency and logic. What a different world it could be....

    March 27, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. Doug Neco

    This guy need to shut up really, all he's doing this is to sell his book and DVD, our VP doesn't need to excuse him self because nosey people just wanna market from joe

    March 27, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. hmmsketch

    Nice to see that the kiddos are getting into censorship. Does his high school have a book burning club too?

    March 27, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Out of all the things to raise awareness about in the world ... poverty, energy, environmental collapse, he chooses this? I guess if you can't play sports or don't have high grades or a good SAT score to get you into college, you can always be a high-profile prat to have something to put on your college application.

    I wonder if the No-Cussing Club is a great way to meet girls, or if it's the club you join when even the Dungeons & Dragons kids don't want your company?

    March 27, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. Merry Marta

    Were Bush and Cheney challenged on the times they were caught using cuss words? The two times I remember they were caught, their words were used in anger...Bush talking about a reporter and Cheney directed his remarks at a member of Congress.

    March 27, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. dave

    I wonder how this kid feels about Dick Cheney who, instead of using the word one on one into one person's ear as an adjective like Biden did, overtly used it as a command when he told Senator Leahy to do that same thing to himself. Does this kid only criticize Liberal VPs for use of the word or would he condemn a Conservative VP for the same thing ?

    March 27, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. Apu Whopooped

    Hatch's fifteen minutes are up, go away you sanctimonious twerp.

    March 27, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. Topher

    For crying out loud, it's just a word.

    March 27, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. adam

    Adults cuss....get over it.

    March 27, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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