This Week's Bidenisms
Collecting the vice president's gaffes and head-slappers.
Response to our collection of Bidenisms was so overwhelming that we have several new additions this week, dating as far back as June 2007. The vice president himself also made a couple of contributions since we published the first batch of Bidenisms and our stab at a definition a week ago. Many thanks to those who sent in nominations. Please continue to send your selections (with a link, please) to email@example.com. For more, see "The Complete Bidenisms."
"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.
"I've never seen so many damn many insurance commissioners as I see today."—addressing the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, National Harbor, Md., Sept. 22, 2009
Click here to see video of Biden's comments. The Bidenism is at 1:03.
"What am I going to tell the president when I tell him his teleprompter's broken? What will he do then?"—mocking Barack Obama's fabled reliance on teleprompters in a commencement address at the Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., May 27, 2009
Click here to see video of Biden's comments. The Bidenism is at 0:19.
"It happens to be, as Barack said, a three-letter word … jobs … J-O-B-S, Jobs!"—Athens, Ohio, Oct. 15, 2008
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