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

The vice president's gaffes and head-slappers.
April 16 2010 12:00 PM

This Week's Bidenisms

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

Vice president Joe Biden produced five fresh Bidenisms this week. Please continue to send your nominations (with a link, please) to slatebidenisms@gmail.com. For more, and our stab at a definition, see "The Complete Bidenisms."

"No one can say a negative thing about Dan Quayle. When he was vice president, he built that pool. I just want you to know, he is my favorite vice president."—Showing off the swimming pool at the vice presidential residence and explaining why George H.W. Bush's veep was his favorite predecessor in the office, Washington, D.C., April 12, 2010

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"Now gentlemen—I want to show you the Dan Quayle swimming pool."—Welcoming foreign leaders to the vice presidential residence, Washington, D.C., April 12, 2010

"I can see exactly why John Callahan should be in United States Senate."—Campaigning for Democratic House candidate John Callahan, Bethlehem Township, Pa., April 15, 2010

"I just got off the phone with Majority Leader Harry Reid, and I said, 'I'm up here for the new congressman,' and he said, 'Well, talk to him about the Senate.'"—Attempting to recover from the Callahan gaffe, Bethlehem Township, Pa., April 15, 2010

"I'm a little blunt, as some of you may have learnt. I never say what I don't mean, and sometimes I say more than I should."—Using a double negative to describe his forthright speaking style while campaigning for Callahan, Bethlehem Township, Pa., April 15, 2010

Click here to see video of Biden's comments. The Bidenism is at 0:55.

Jeremy Stahl is a Slate senior editor. You can follow him on Twitter.

 

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