March 31st, 2010
07:04 PM ET
13 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. SuperHiro

    Not a huge fan of Biden, but I have to admit, that T shirt is funny.

    March 31, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. Judy

    I've heard it all now. I lost what was left of any respect I have for the Democrats. They must be digging in the bottom of the barrel to come up with that idea to raise some cash. Must be desperate!

    March 31, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Carlos former Republican....

    I think this is GREAT. A plain speaking Irish Vice President. i think Biden is GREAT, and I agree...Health Care Reform is a BFD!!!
    Sign me up for a shirt!

    March 31, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. J

    This world is so messed up. Our VP can use filthy language on Live TV and his party embraces it. Ed Sullivan must be rolling over in his grave.

    March 31, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Bill

    I HAVE to get one of these. Go Joe! Go Joe!

    March 31, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Sgt. USMC


    I knew someone in Washington had a sense of humor.

    Now let's see what the repubs have to say about this.

    March 31, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. realistic American

    And people are puzzled why
    the democratic party is losing
    American's respect.

    March 31, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Good story, The Onion. You had me fooled there for a sec.

    March 31, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. garc

    I love it!

    March 31, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. QGlenn

    Gotta Luv Joe... I think his nickname should be Broadway Joe.

    March 31, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. stop the nonsense

    He was right when he said it and it's still f-ing true!

    March 31, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    I love it. I will buy a few. Let's make another one.

    March 31, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. Wake Up

    shirt should say "health reform is bs"

    Or maybe a shirt that just says "DEBT"

    or a shirt that says, "where's my job"

    March 31, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. Sue

    Unbelievable!!!! Yep, Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the rest of the liberal Democrats sure are a class act-–NOT!!!!

    March 31, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. Pat F

    Whatta classy crowd! The honor and respect of the nation's youth are certainly not misplaced with this Administration.

    Between Biden and Rahm, the White House is nothing more than a frat house. But considering Biden's IQ, it is probably the best we can expect – we shouldn't mock the disabled.

    March 31, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. Liz the First

    Health reform IS

    March 31, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. Liz the First

    Health reform IS a 'BFD!' it's a proud moment for this country and the president. Joe can get a bit exuberant but he's absolutely right. hope a ton of money is raised with this shirt. 🙂

    March 31, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. larry wi

    The other side could interpret it as Bad Fing Deal! And run with it as well.

    March 31, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. Junior

    I absolutely agreed with the V.P...Heathcare reform is a pretty BFD!!!!

    March 31, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Avg Guy in Red State Kansas

    I'm planning on buying one just so I can donate it to Congressman Boehner!

    March 31, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. D Parsons

    I think this demonstrates all over again the current prez's lack of class–not to mention his poor taste.

    March 31, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. mike

    its a big f___ing shame

    March 31, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. texgal2010

    LOL! i want my shirt!!

    March 31, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. james

    Leave it to liberals to raise money off of filthy language. The lack of morals is so obvious.

    March 31, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. Norma

    Yup, BFD is a big, fabulous deal!!

    March 31, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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