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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"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

Click here to see video of Biden's comments.

"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

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"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.