The Complete Bidenisms
Collecting the vice president's gaffes and head-slappers.
"Well, I say, they're going to start to see unemployment grow this spring."—Telling Vieira what jobless Americans can expect in the new year, Jan. 28, 2010
Click here to see video of Biden's comments. The Bidenism is at 0:34.
"Had we won that race, what would people be saying? It wouldn't have changed materially one way or another the state of the nation had we won or lost that race. We'd still have 59 votes." —Offering a sunny perspective on the Democratic defeat in the Massachusetts special Senate election and the loss of the party's critical 60-vote filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, Jan. 28, 2010
Click here to see video of Biden's comments. The Bidenism is at 3:58.
"A-plus, but then again I'm prejudiced. Let me step back—at least an A [laughter]."—Grading Obama's first State of the Union address with unique Biden-esque charm, Jan. 28, 2010
Click here to see video of Biden's comments. The Bidenism is at 5:20.
"Chris is getting the living hell beat out of him, the living bejesus beat out of him."—Offering his typical bluntness in discussing Chris Dodd's sagging poll numbers during a fundraiser for the Connecticut senator, Hartford, Conn., Dec. 11, 2009
"It's great to be back in, as my wife refers to it, Phillies-town. Once you marry an obnoxious Phillies fan, like my wife—God she is insufferable."—Endearing himself to Philadelphians in a speech at the Committee of Seventy's annual breakfast, Philadelphia, Nov. 23, 2009
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"Can any one of you tell me an easy way to wean ourselves off [foreign energy] dependence? Can any of you tell me a way to do that without someone being a loser? If you know that, tell me, because I will join Barack as a Nobel Laureate. Matter of fact, I kind of wondered why I wasn't. That's a joke. That's a joke. That's a joke. Only kidding. Only kidding."—Poking fun at the Nobel Committee's surprise decision to award President Obama the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, Philadelphia, Nov. 23, 2009
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