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.

The precise definition of Bidenism, like a Bidenism itself, is murky. Some Bidenisms are the sort of miscellaneous verbal or policy gaffes that are made by every politician. But the best ones—the statements that are uniquely Bidenistic—exemplify the bluster, excess verbosity, and fake charm of dumb-politician stereotypes, yet they come from a seasoned politico who can also be clever and self-effacing.

"I've been sleeping with a teacher for a long time. But it's always been the same teacher."—Referring to his wife Jill while hosting a National Teacher of the Year reception, Washington, D.C., April 26

"The wrong people end up collecting the women."—Attempting to tell a crowd that the wrong people collected winnings from the financial crisis while stumping for financial regulation, Milwaukee, Wis., April 27

"Folks, this is a big-deal moment."—Alluding to his "big fucking deal" gaffe in comparing the significance of financial reform to the importance of the health care bill, Milwaukee, Wis., April 27

"It's like watching gazelles."—Describing his favorite sport, women's lacrosse, at an event announcing the administration's efforts to strengthen Title IX, Washington, D.C., April 20

Click here to see video of Biden's comments.

"It's not just whether your mother can beat you in basketball that gets you excited about this. It's when you have, and you're surrounded by, women who are as competitive, smarter, as smart, tough, as tough, tougher—I mean, it's an amazing thing."—Describing why men should be excited about the administration's strengthening of Title IX, Washington, D.C., April 20

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"And a happy almost Earth Day to all of you.  I say that because tomorrow is actually the day that officially marks the occasion. But the truth is we're here kicking off an entire Earth Week.  And I hope our administration has kicked off an entire earth administration."—Announcing funding for retrofitted homes on the eve of Earth Day, Washington, D.C., April 21, 2010

Click here to see video of Biden's comments. The Bidenism is at 9:47.