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. david

    Of course when the previous vice president told a Senator to go(expletive) himself it was OK, because the GOP stands for Family values.

    March 27, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Johnny

    This is shameful self-promotion and exploitation, bordering on insincerity. Capitalism at its worst. In it's purest form, this is nothing by a media event, meant to induce profits on his $19.95 book. In turn, someone should speak to this child about the consequences of putting yourself in the media arena for profit.

    March 27, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. Pete

    I'll bet my life that this kid gets beat up everyday at school..what a wuss

    March 27, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Ken

    Whilst the f-word was inappropriate, how did this teenager view the same comments made by then Vice-President Cheney to a Senate member some years ago.

    March 27, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Nicholas

    What's not a big f-ing deal is Biden using that word. Who gives a sh–. He obviously wasn't trying to broadcast it that way. I wish Biden would come out and just say f–k really loud on the mic.

    March 27, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. Mike

    ""He has the freedom of speech to say what he wants, but he can't choose the consequences of what he says,"

    Maybe Hatch should focus a little more on what the GOP has been saying if he really believes that. I don't think anyone broke any windows because Biden said the F-word.

    March 27, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. Doris Cope

    Good For You, South Pasadena kid.
    Biden has been called on the carpet so many times simply because
    of his mouth. There is so much SERIOUS work to be done for this country and for the world. BIDEN should be smarter than to trip us up with this nonsense.
    Thank you for calling him out. He needs it.

    March 27, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. Sandra

    This kid is lame...sorry but worse words are heard almost constantly in daily life. Grow up kid and get priorities straight. I'd rather a leader drop the f-bomb than deceive us into a war that costs trillions of dollars and thousands of lives. The 8 years of Bush and Cheney were 100% more preverse than a slip of some bad language.

    March 27, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. Debbie

    Bill of Rights....? First Amendment...?Freedom of speech...? Ring a bell? This kid may want to brush up on his U.S Government. Not to mention, it's stupid. Look around, there are so many more important things out there to take a stand for or against. Fight hunger in the U.S., or take a stand against gang violence. Washing V.P Bidens mouth out for saying a bad word just doesn't fit the bill on the list of what's important and what's not. He may be a figure that sets examples, but so are teachers and many kids or parents make them apologize for a bad word they may have whispered to someone else? And we wonder why the world is heading in the direction it's going......

    March 27, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. J. C.

    Maybe if Former VP Dick Cheney does it first, since he said the F-bomb as the sitting VP out of anger at a US Senator on the floor of the Senate!!!!!

    March 27, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. Spencer

    If he's worried about language now, wait until he gets to college.

    March 27, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. Eric Singleton

    why is this news! This kid should find better things to do with his time. Why not have a tea party! Get a life kid

    March 27, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. Peter Vaguely

    An adult whispers a cuss word to another adult (which I even had trouble hearing on the video) and the news media reports it so some well meaning twerp can complain. I'm sure his parents are proud but folks this is a non-issue. Republicans can scream Hell No! and that's OK? Come on, grow up people.

    March 27, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. Teflon warrior

    ...and the children shall lead. I guess they deserve it since they'll be paying for this administrations bad policies.

    March 27, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. colorado citizen

    This young man, and his parents too, would do much better for the world if he was concentrating his energy on helping the poor and/or homeless or volunteering his time to mentor a younger child needing a tutor or a good role model. But if he insists on having his 15 minutes of fame doing what he is doing, I suggest he send his no cussing care packages to John "hell no" Boehner, Dick "f- you" Cheney, George "major league a–hole" Bush and every other pol that has cussed into an open mike.

    March 27, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. SkiDoc

    Biden is the poster boy for the crude, arrogant Dems bloated with the "success" of a health bill that is taking the country into a downward spiral – the likes of which have never been experienced before. November can't come fast enough.

    March 27, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Pete from WI

    Wow, is this really news? High school teen makes t-shirt because a politician whispered a curse... I'm a Republican, but come on CNN, there must be something more newsworthy than this. If this is worth covering I am with Palin in denouncing the lamestream media.

    March 27, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. Sarah the Sandwhich-Maker

    Could he please call on former VP to apologize for his f bomb as well? We would all appreciate it, as no one should be f bombing.

    Or is this kid just another parental mouthpiece where if the parent gets bent out of shape, no one cares. But if they get their kids to do it, then it's news. That's probably the case. Sad. This is why they grow up (in years, anyway) to try and bug the telephones of members of Congress. The real America.

    March 27, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. walleye

    Even though we all have used profanity in our lives it does not make it right. People in office however should be held to a higher standard.

    March 27, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. greg

    By what stretch of the term "news" does this qualify? Some uptight, no doubt young "conservative" is simply practicing what he sees older republicans doing for political advantage.

    It's not important.

    March 27, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. Harriett in Chapel Hill

    I suppose that this young man was too young to remember Dick Cheney actually YELLING at a Senator "F**K YOU in the Senate chamber. As usual, IOKIARDI (it's Ok if a Republican does it). Cheney was disrespectful and thuggish. Biden was happy and childlike...and it WAS A BIG F**KING DEAL! Hatch can live in his little bubble.

    March 27, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  22. Jeremy, Cleveland, OH

    Hey kid. Get a dang life. Profanity only has as much power as you let it have. People need to grow up, stop caring about harmless words and worry about the real problems in the world.

    March 27, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. angrysob in VA

    Ain't Joe wonderful! What a useless piece of crap!! I sure hope no one knocks off Obama. Could you imagine President Biden?? You think Sen Obama is a joke, wait until dumba$$ Joe hits the Oval Office. He'll make Bush look brilliant!

    March 27, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. More

    So he's doing this to promote his business? How noble of him. I'm sure his place in the "virgins for life club" is also secure.

    March 27, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. Tom

    Wow, what an annoying little twit.

    March 27, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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