[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/19/art.biden.gi.jpg caption="Biden famously cursed during the bill signing of health care reform."](CNN) – It was the F-word heard around the world and now Vice President Biden has expressed regret to a Kentucky teenager for using the crude language during the signing ceremony of the health care reform legislation in March.
"I should have expressed my excitement in a more appropriate manner," Biden wrote in a two-paragraph letter to high school student Brandon Halcomb. The letter comes after the 16-year old penned an open letter to the vice president criticizing his choice of language, according to Kentucky's WYMT News.
But Holcomb, who says he's not sure if he is a Republican or a Democrat, isn't completely satisfied with the response.
"It was not really an apology, but that's as close to an apology as I will be receiving," he said.
The Kentucky teenager also said he will continue to make sure politicians are responsible for their actions.
"They are role models," he said. "They need to watch what they say in front of people and realize they influence other people's lives."
A microphone picked up Biden uttering the F-word two months ago in the East Room of the White House as Obama signed the health care reform bill into law.
After delivering a rousing introduction of the president in which he praised Obama's "perseverance" and "clarity of purpose," Biden turned to embrace his boss and said with a big smile, "This is a big f– deal!"
Shortly after the ceremony, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs sent a message on his Twitter feed to try and diffuse the controversy.
"And yes Mr. Vice President, you're right..." Gibbs tweeted from his @PressSec Twitter account.