The Complete Bidenisms
Collecting the vice president's gaffes and head-slappers.
"Am I doing this again? For the senior staff? My memory is not as good as Chief Justice Roberts'."—mocking Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts' botched effort to swear in Barack Obama as Biden was set to swear in White House senior staff one day after the Inauguration snafu (the President did not look pleased), Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2009
"Hey, Bonita, I'm Joe. Not the plumber, Joe the Biden."—Ocala, Fla., Oct. 28, 2008
"You heard it in the debate, John McClain. John McClain, excuse me—John McCain. I don't recognize him anymore. I used to know him well. … Bad joke."—Charlotte, N.C., Oct. 24, 2008
"It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. … We're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy. … It's not gonna be apparent initially, it's not gonna be apparent that we're right."—Hitting on a John McCain talking point about Barack Obama's foreign policy inexperience at a fundraiser for the Obama presidential campaign, Seattle, Oct. 20, 2008
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"Gird your loins."—Warning a crowd at a fundraiser that repairing the economy would be a challenge, Seattle, Oct. 20, 2008
"It's like cleaning the Augean * stables, man."—Describing the extent of the challenge, Seattle, Oct. 20, 2008
"It happens to be, as Barack said, a three-letter word … jobs … J-O-B-S, Jobs!"—Athens, Ohio, Oct. 15, 2008
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"Oh, God … [laughter] … I wish I had that much hair … [laughter] … These guys are incredible … [laughter] … I don't know what to say … [laughter] … I had watched it before … [laughter] … But every time I watch it … [laughter] … They are good man, they are so good. And I turned it on, and I actually thought, I thought that the actress was actually Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live. She is so good, both of them … I mean … [laughter] … Anyway, they're … they're … it's funny … [laughter] … Oh, God."—Responding to a question about Saturday Night Live's impersonation of him with seemingly uncontrollable laughter during interview with ABC's Good Morning America, Wilmington, Del., Oct. 8, 2008
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