A collection of the vice president's gaffes and head-slappers.

The vice president's gaffes and head-slappers.
April 30 2010 12:40 PM

The Complete Bidenisms

Collecting the vice president's gaffes and head-slappers.

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"I came rushing in, knowing I was late, and all I could hear you say was 'Joe Biden,' and I realized I wasn't supposed to step out. I felt like the Wizard of Oz back there."—Explaining his premature entrance after hurrying through a curtain and accidentally interrupting an introduction by Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke * during an awards ceremony, Washington, D.C., Dec. 2, 2009

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"The purpose is to make it clear to [Afghan President Hamid] Karzai and his government, who up until now has been unwilling to step up to the ball. … 'Fellas, you've got to step up to the ball.' "—Using a made-up idiom to deliver a tough message to Karzai's government in an interview with CBS's Early Show, Dec. 2, 2009

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"Well, look, I don't …Who cares what … Well, let me put it maybe … Yeah, yeah, I know. I can see the headline now. I'm getting better, guys. I'm getting a little bit better, you know what I mean?"—Responding to a question about his thoughts on former Vice President Dick Cheney's criticism of the administration in an interview with the Washington Times, Prague, Czech Republic, Oct. 23, 2009

"Imagine when this factory, when the floor we're standing on right now is making 100,000 plug-in hybrid sedan, coupes, and crossovers every single year."—Inadvertently disclosing Fisker Automotive's previously unrevealed plans to produce plug-in hybrids during a visit to the manufacturer's new assembly plant, Wilmington, Del., Oct. 27, 2009

"Who would you pick—even if you don't like the SOB? Who would you pick? Arlen Specter."—asking a crowd (at a fundraiser for Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter) whom they would select for a fantasy political team based on "grit and gumption," Pittsburgh, Oct. 19, 2009


"My mom is 92. She lives with me. But she's an Irish Catholic, and she thought if she wasn't a Democrat, she'd go to hell. I don't believe that, but, you know, where she comes from, to be Irish was to be Catholic, was to be a Democrat. Scranton, Pennsylvania."—explaining his mother's influence on his party identification at a rally for New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, Edison, N.J., Oct. 19, 2009

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"I hope to God you understand this race is winnable."—striking an encouraging tone in a fundraiser for trailing Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds, Alexandria, Va., Oct. 8, 2009