The Complete Bidenisms
Collecting the vice president's gaffes and head-slappers.
"Stand up, Chuck, let em' see you… Oh, God love you! What am I talking about? I tell you what, you're making everybody else stand up though pal… Stand up for Chuck!"—telling Missouri State Sen. Chuck Graham, who is bound to a wheelchair, to rise at campaign event, Columbia, Mo., Sept. 9, 2008
"Ladies and gentlemen, my wife Jill, who you'll meet soon, is drop dead gorgeous. She also has her doctorate degree, which is a problem. But all kidding aside ..."—struggling to woo Hillary Clinton voters in his first speech as Barack Obama's running mate, Springfield, Ill., Aug. 23, 2008
"A man I'm proud to call my friend. A man who will be the next President of the United States—Barack America!"—Springfield, Ill., Aug. 23, 2008
"A successful dump!"—explaining his whereabouts (dropping deadwood at the dump) to the reporters outside his home, Wilmington, Del., Aug. 20, 2008
"There's less than 1 percent of the population of Iowa that is African American. There is probably less than 4 or 5 percent that are minorities. What is in Washington? So look, it goes back to what you start off with, what you're dealing with...."—struggling to explain to the Washington Post editorial board why some schools in Iowa perform better than some in the District, Washington, D.C., Oct. 25, 2007
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