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. SC-Pub "no" more

    Did he send a tee-shirt to Bush and Cheney?

    March 27, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Fitz in Texas

    Looks like good old "Average Joe" put his foot in his mouth once again. Yeah, "Average Joe" as he likes to refer to himself, is anything but average. Average people aren't worth millions like good old 'Average Joe' the LIMOUSINE LIBERAL. When are people that vote for these LIMOUSINE LIBERALS going to get a clue that these LIMOUSINE LIBERALS use you to become wealthy.

    March 27, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. dave

    If I got a dime for every time Cheney used the F word, I'd be a F"ing millionaire, that's the VP's job, cause the Prez should not say that.

    March 27, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    If Hatch has never dropped the f-bomb, then that's the only teenager I know of who hasn't.

    March 27, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Vince

    Don't you have other concerns to worry about?
    My word–it's a word get over it

    March 27, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. stop the nonsense

    Mr Hatch's goal is for publicity.
    Why were cameras following him? Inthis media savvy world this "kid" is either after the You Tube time or possibly using it for press time, but he surely doesn't care that much about how the Vice President speaks in a wispered voice that the microphone, if not enhanced could not be heard.
    If he is really that concerned about our roll models, maybe he should consider targeting the Congressmen that disrespect the chamber this their comments, or the representitives that call colleague names while they are standing right next tothem in a press conference or threaten them with no votes for votes on bills they don't agree with.
    If he is really concerned- go after these people.

    March 27, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. Sam Corcoran

    Nice to see actual children AND people who act like children both criticize the Democrats. Their just words, kid, they can't hurt you. He is in for a rude awakening if he joins the military.

    March 27, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. Larry

    A lot of wisdom from this 17-year old.

    He made a mistake McKay. I'm sure the Vice President is sorry. I've been on this planet a long time and I agree we have to get back to basic vales and civility. We've lost all concept of society in this country.

    Keep up the good work kid!

    March 27, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. Keiler

    Has everyone forgot when Dick Cheney told Patrick Leahy to go f**k himself on the floor of the senate? I feel like that's a bit worse than a poorly chosen word used in (what Biden thought was) private.

    March 27, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. Doug

    I bet this kid gets beat up a lot . . .

    March 27, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. BigJoeRice

    Complaining about bad language in todays American culture, is as usefull as complaining about the deck chair layout on the Titanic.

    March 27, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. jack

    grow up kid.
    do some research!


    the list goes on

    March 27, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. Ronnie

    McKay Hatch GROW UP!

    March 27, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. La Chatte

    Hey Hatch, get over yourself and find something significant to do with your time.

    March 27, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. Tracy

    Where was this kid when Bush was continually lying to us so that we'd enter into war with Iraq? Cursing never killed anyone. It seems that this teen is just interested in selling books.

    March 27, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. pjs

    Why is this worth a post on the CNN political ticker? It clearly shows the quality of this news source. Pathetic.

    March 27, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. Rog

    "The idea that no gentleman ever swears is all wrong. He can swear and still be a gentleman if he does it in a nice and benevolent and affectionate way." ~ Mark Twain

    March 27, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. Josh

    I can't believe this kid still gets press coverage, he's going to be in for a shock if he ever makes it to the real world.

    March 27, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. Justin Jimenez

    Get a life.

    March 27, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. Patrick

    This kid will never make it in the real world. He ought to go cheney himself.

    March 27, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. Sylvia

    Well, it was an accurate comment by Biden, because this vote really does abuse the citizens of this country who will be paying and paying and paying for the snowballing deficit.

    March 27, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. Phil

    I'm interested to know what care package Dick Cheney received from this kid for this outspoken remarks?

    March 27, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. Dave in Seattle

    Of all the things in the world to be worried about. Who cares. There are more important issues and causes to get wrapped up in. It is just a word. Take a deep breathe citizens.

    March 27, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. Roger

    It the teens like Mr. Hatch are looking up t Biden as a role model then this country is in worst shape than anyone realizes!

    March 27, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. Becca

    Way to go to this seventeen year old who is profiting from a tiny mistake. Sell those books!! I mean god forbid that anyone misuse language ever.

    March 27, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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