March 31st, 2010
07:04 PM ET
12 years ago

Democrats raise money off of Biden's F-bomb

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Organizing for America is using this T-shirt to raise funds."](CNN) - President Obama's political organization agrees with Vice President Joe Biden: "Health Reform is a BFD."

While using the four-letter word could land an elementary school kid in detention, Organizing for America is embracing it with the hope of raising some cash.

OFA, the president's political arm housed at the Democratic National Committee, is using Biden's now infamous phrase on a T-shirt to commemorate the signing of health care reform into law.

Donors who give at least $25 will receive "a limited edition 'Health Reform is a BFD' T-shirt in a super-soft, fine jersey (men's) or baby rib (women's) cotton fabric," according to a new fundraising page posted Wednesday on OFA's Web site.

A jubilant Biden made the remark after he finished introducing Obama before the president signed the landmark legislation last week. As he was stepping away from the podium, the vice president leaned in to Obama and said, "This is a big f***king deal."

A microphone picked up the vice president's comments. A short time later, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs wrote on his Twitter account: "And yes Mr. Vice President, you're right ... "

Now, OFA is comparing the signing of the health care reform legislation into law to other momentous occasions.

"There are things that are a big deal - birthdays, anniversaries, the NCAA Championship game," OFA wrote in a fundraising note. "And then there are things that are a BFD, like delivering health insurance to 32 million Americans."

Brad Woodhouse, a DNC spokesman, told CNN he thinks it is important for Democrats to highlight the importance of health care reform.

"Health reform is a huge and historic deal that will benefit American families and small businesses," Woodhouse said. "We and our supporters agree with the Vice President – health reform is a big bleeping deal."

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soundoff (208 Responses)
  1. Obama Victim

    democrats...always classy

    March 31, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Steph

    It is a big fing deal. I love it!

    March 31, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Brett

    BFD is a 4 letter word?

    March 31, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. The Other Michael in Houston

    I got to get me one. We will add BFD to list of text msg acronyms. I love it. And yes I agree with the VPOTUS. I love Joe!

    March 31, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. BFD

    I've got to get some of those shirts in different colors. I LOVE IT!!!

    March 31, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. terry,va.

    Obummie and Biden are disgusting. They are fowl mouthed liars that steal from people that PAY taxes and give to their sorry base so they can create a nanny state.

    March 31, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Rhonda

    Real class! We try to teach ou children to communicate effectively WITHOUT the use of profanity and this is how our President and the Democratic party revere profanity? Slap it on a t-shirt and make some money!


    March 31, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. Padraig

    Bad idea, these people are suppose to be leaders. They need to lead by example. Strike my last two sentences. They are pathetic leaders.

    March 31, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. Steve in North Carolina

    They should use the proceeds to help pay for the bill's excessive cost.

    March 31, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. Realist

    Now thats funny. LMAO!!!!

    March 31, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. sophie

    Finally....the world sees humor. How lovely, count me in for a Tshirt if for no other reason that there are people left who can laugh.

    March 31, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. jeff jackson, alabama

    Just a great role model for up and
    coming democratic kids.
    And people wonder why the morals
    in America are going to crap.
    Hubert Humphrey, John Kennedy,
    Martin Luther King and Harry Truman
    would all be really proud.

    March 31, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. Susie

    When you applaud a vice-president for trashy, filthy language it is truly a sad day in the USA! These are the caliber of leaders our children have to look up to – sad. I think he needs to wash his mouth out with soap and start acting like a vice-president instead of a hoodlum.

    March 31, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. Dan

    BFD: Big Fat Deception...

    March 31, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. Capt. Snarky

    Wow – great message to send to our children. Way to set an example of "appropriate behavior"....

    March 31, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. SocialismBad

    As all too many companies are finding out, as will the country when we arew bankrupt, it was one Big F... Disaster!

    March 31, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. Kshaw

    I want to buy some of those but I keep checking the site I don't see any tshirt like that. Is this story true?

    March 31, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. gt

    stupid .. classless... pathedic...thats as bad as i have ever heard...who ever came up with this needs to be fired,, any one who would buy one needs to work as a carnie or on buboun st...if your a democrat wear one and see what a true idiot looks like...ugh..

    March 31, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. Victim of GOP Taliban

    It's just Joe being Joe. He whispered it.

    March 31, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. Garrett

    I agree with the tee shirt...

    is a

    March 31, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. Laura, Boston

    And the dems are saying the Republicans are horrible...I can't believe they would make money on profanity...The FCC bleeps out profanity so to protect our little ones and now the dems want to make money on it...sick!!!

    March 31, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. Jon

    Awesome. I just ordered mine.

    March 31, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Chad from Tampa

    The fact that the Dems are proud of Biden's manners is all I need to know about that party.

    March 31, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. We Got Your Back

    Glad to see some balls by the Democrats.

    There are some things that we just won't run away from.

    Oh Barack Obama, what have you done ... given the Donkey a little bit of courage? What will the Republican Party ever do with a unified Democratic Party with big, brass ones?

    March 31, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. sonny chapman

    If we can't laugh at this one, then God has wasted a lot of the funny things He created to keep us entertained.

    March 31, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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