The Complete Bidenisms
Collecting the vice president's gaffes and head-slappers.
"There's something magical about someone from a textiles background, and who was teaching high-school civics a year ago, to be standing up here with the vice president. That's a miracle. That's what makes this country great."—praising freshman U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell, D-N.C., at a fundraiser, Washington, D.C., Oct. 7, 2009
Interviewer: "But a lot of people told the president, he should not [have] run for president."
Biden: "I was one of those guys. [laughter] I was running, you know what I mean, I had a selfish motive. I was out there running like the devil myself. And by the way, had I known that he was this good, I would have joined him right up front, I wouldn't have gone through all of this."—responding to a comparison between New York Gov. David Paterson and President Obama (administration officials have reportedly told Paterson not to seek re-election), Sept. 28, 2009
Click here to see video of Biden's comments. The Bidenism is at 0:27.
"You have a great Georgia team here. Your local officials, your first responders, your state FEMA … [t]hey're all doing one heck of a job!"—echoing former President George W. Bush's infamous compliment to FEMA director Michael Brown for the agency's response to Hurricane Katrina, during a survey of Georgia flood damage, Cobb County, Ga., Sept. 25, 2009
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"These guys are smart. Some of the guys Chuck and I have campaigned for are turkeys. Not all Democrats are created equal, while most Republicans are."—complimenting three Democratic nonturkey congressmen at a fundraiser in the home of former Sen. Chuck Robb, Alexandria, Va., Sept. 24, 2009
"If it fails, I'm dead."—offering thoughts on his own "self interest" regarding the success of the stimulus during a conference call with governors, Sept. 24, 2009
"I'll answer your phone. I can't find mine either. I don't know where the hell mine is."—offering to find a ringing cell phone during a discussion with seniors at Leisure World retirement community, Silver Spring, Md., Sept. 23, 2009
Click here to see video of Biden's comments. The Bidenism is at 1:04:09.
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