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. Anonymous

    Not News!

    March 31, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. A.B.

    I like the shirt and feel that President Obama's acheivement of healthcare insurance reform is indeed a very "Big Freaking Deal!!" Vice President Biden was gracious enough to acknowledge this fact and so should the entire nation. 32 million Americans will now have access to our healthcare system without going bankrupt. The rest of us will have better healthcare services at lower cost over time. This is a very big feaking deal. The fact that the United States can now take its place among other industrialized countries that have comprehensive healthcare systems is indeed a very big freaking deal.

    March 31, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. FL

    That is truly sad. Biden isn't smart enough to come up with a more intelligent adjective than the F word and Obama's fundraising people think it is good for America to promote it? Zero class.

    March 31, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. Susie

    I think even though I voted for Obama that it is disgusting to try to raise money off a t shirt that has even the initial of the F bomb on it. How hard up are you guys. Very disappointed. Thought you had more class then that. Yuk!

    March 31, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. SLM

    Oh now isn't that just cute? Biden's blunder makes the Dumbocrats proud.

    March 31, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  6. Felonious Monk

    at least this is not a 3 word mantra like drill baby drill, or some other lame repub mantra.

    March 31, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. D C

    BFD is the epidemy of ignorance by our "leaders" as you can get! What does this say about America to the rest of the world? Now they are going to put it on a tea shirt and make a profit of it?! How shameful! I am ashamed of this Administration and their school yard trash talk – type of politics.

    This was a Country that has been the pinnacle of light for the rest of the World to aspire to. Of late, it has become nothing more than a Three Ring Circus with Obama, Biden, Pelosi, and Reed in the Ring for all to see them in their "rawest" form. It just goes to proove sadly just how far we've stooped! How discusting!!

    March 31, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. Mike

    It's great to have someone in the Executive branch that is leading our country. This just sets the bar lower so that more people can reach it than before. Let's not be a good example but lower our standards of decorum.

    It's all in keeping with awarding public monies to companies that were failing, people who made overly agressive decisions/lived beyond thier means, manufacturers that didn't innovate, etc. while the companies and people that made prudant decisions are propping up the slackers.

    Hmmmm sounds like the USSR to me! Thank you, Mr. Vice President.

    March 31, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  9. gododgers

    If you don't get it, then you're a square.

    March 31, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. Wmscot

    I want one ! I love that guy !!!! Way to go Joe !

    March 31, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  11. Don

    NICE! Joe Biden Rocks! Great thing about Joe is there is always more to come. Watch the GOP squirm lol no one cries louder 😀

    March 31, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  12. Dennis

    Yeah that real classy. Doesn't surprise me considering the source.

    March 31, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. Dennis

    I think it's another way to say we all got screwed!

    March 31, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. john in Cal

    Yes, health care is a -–, but this seems to me to be crude, and as an independent I don't approve of commercializing it.

    March 31, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  15. Duh

    Stupid is as stupid does, anybody who would wear this shirt is a f' ing idiot. Shows the mentality (of lack there of ) of some people.

    March 31, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. ib

    Only problem is that the blank word is what the senior citizens got and the word is not blank when it applies to them. The blank is filled in and in big capitol letters.

    March 31, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  17. Wade

    Grow up people.
    Joe's comment was crude.
    Yes, it was a big deal, but dropping an F bomb on live TV shows just how brain dead Joe can be at times.

    March 31, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  18. Larry

    While I am sure the VP isn't proud of his slip, I've been known to use lots of locker room French myself. If there's one person commenting here who has ever used these epithets, yet launches into an attack on Biden for THIS PARTICULAR instance, then let such person be known hereafter as a hypocrit, never to be taken seriously again, on any subject.

    Having said that, I'm not sure I think capitalizing on this remark to sell T-shirts is an admirable thing to do. Is this an example of how MOST Americans are simply obsessed with the idea of making a buck, every minute of every hour, 24/7? I'm not sure what that says about us as a society.

    March 31, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  19. mrkusn

    I will not give money to this and I will most likely not vote for him a second time.

    March 31, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  20. tom

    Joe Biden is the biggest tool.

    March 31, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  21. Okon

    This is cool, I love it. I have already order for one before te stop sell ing it.

    March 31, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  22. Going to hell need more handbaskets

    That's lovely.

    March 31, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  23. sue

    Tasteless, but Organizing for Obama will do anything to get more money out of people. Wasn't it enough in 2008-how many millions did he raise? Use that to try to sell health care again and again and again.
    Don't want it no matter what Obama,Pelosi and Reid say.

    March 31, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  24. Ticker Shock

    Sorry, I think it is bad idea for the POTUS to lower the office to this level. Stop glorifying VP Biden's lack of class.

    March 31, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  25. Dave, the Truthteller

    Leave it to the obcene, Hollywood-crazed, Dems to pull a stunt like this. Lib monkeys are soooo predictable.

    March 31, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
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