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Joe Biden update: VP goes 2-for-2 today -- 2 speeches, 2 gaffes

Democrat vice president joe Biden doing something behind president barack obama

Joe #$%&^* Biden continued an emerging vice presidential tradition today during the ceremonial signing of the Obama administration's immense healthcare bill.

As he did last year during an Amtrak ceremony in Washington, the longtime Democratic senator was too near an open microphone when he dropped what is preciously referred to by tsk-tskers as the F-bomb, a crude seven-letter word for copulation which is more often corrupted into a freaking adjective.

It's a word not unfamiliar to many professions, but it is particularly dangerous for politicians who are drawn to recording microphones like hummingbirds to red flowers.

So here he is at this momentous moment in Democratic legislative history, privately pumping up his boss in the political vernacular -- "This is a big ... deal":

Ah, but wait! There's more!

That new Biden gaffe occurred in the East Room of the White House just before Obama used his left hand to sign the measure with his distinctive scrawl.

Joe actually introduced the smoker in chief twice today over healthcare.

The VP was supposed to unveil the nation's newest anti-drug strategy, but that minor deal was postponed. Just so that Biden could reintroduce a man who needs no introduction over at more healthcare Roman poet Virgilremarks at the Interior Department.

Biden is fond of quoting poets in public, usually Irish ones and often in the Mideast for some reason. But today the man who was a senator while Obama was in the sixth grade chose another nationality.

Here's what he said, according to the White House transcript:

As I said just before the president signed the healthcare bill, I quoted Virgil, the classic Greek poet, who once said, 'The greatest wealth is health.' The greatest wealth is health. Mr. President, you’ve made us a nobler and wealthier nation by providing for the health of your fellow citizens.

Here's the problem, as loyal Ticket reader Mike points out:

Virgil wasn't Greek. He was Roman. Very Roman. So Roman, in fact, that the author (70 BC-19 BC) of the "Aeneid," among other famous works, is buried in Naples.

As in Napoli, as a graduate of Syracuse (Siracusa in Sicily) might know. But, hey, Biden's boss thought Canada had a president and they speak Austrian in Austria. And he went to Harvard.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Joshua Roberts / Bloomberg (favorite Biden moments file).

 
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Biden graduated from Syracuse law...


(AM responds: Well, then, that explains it.)

Roman or Greek? Gaffe?

Please - at least he can chew a pretzel without choking himself.

And you know what? The health care bill really is a big F-ing deal.

Better for America than anything your former employer ever did.

It sounded to me exactly like he said "this is a very special deal."

What did Obama ever see in this buffoon ?Ok,he is better than jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers...that is the most charitable thing that can be said about
Biden.

Bucking for a job with Palin, Andrew?

(AM responds: Ha. Think I've done my years in that biz.)

The above photo reveals some of Biden's unpallatable traits heretofore well
hidden from the electorate.One has to seriously question Obama's judgement
in teaming up with such a questionable caracter who ressembles a mongoloid
idiot and behaves like a perfect imbecil.Biden looks like he has just received
enema or been invaded with a 2 feet suppository.

pretzel or no pretzel, a Vice President is supposed to have more dignity than Joe Biden ever displayed.

"The greatest wealth is health." I thought SEIU president Andy Stern said that.

That's right Josh. Vice Presidents are suppose to drop the f-bomb in a derogatory fashion on the senate floor.

I mean come on - have some class.

At his age he should know better . I thought that he wouldn't do something like that after so many years of experience .

Why is anyone surprised at his ignorance? Didn't he also declare that FDR addressed the nation on TV in the market crash of 1929?

I wonder if he's putting on an act so that his history-illiterate and geography-handicapped boss doesn't look too bad.

Nah. He really is that dumb.

"There's Adam Clymer, major league a***ole from the New York Times." —George W. Bush, in Sept. 2000

"Go f*** yourself." --Dick Cheney to Sen. Patrick Leahy, during an angry exchange on the Senate floor about profiteering by Halliburton, June 25, 2004

"My fellow Americans. I'm pleased to announce that I've signed legislation outlawing the Soviet Union. We begin bombing in five minutes." - Ronald Reagan joking during a mike check before his Saturday radio broadcast

It isn't a screw up... it's what most people who want HCR are thinking. It IS a big f*****g deal.

And stop the presses! Biden gets the birthplace of a poet from 70 BC wrong! O-M-G. How stupid can a vice president be. What a gaffe! At least he didn't get Marianne and Ginger mixed up (Bush).

Biden is your typical democrat, whats all the commotion about?

the guy's funny, more relaxed and self-reflective than most and perfectly willing to fire off the cuff remarks. He strikes me as a real guy. It's too bad more politicians aren't so relaxed, instead they all take themselves SO. SERIOUSLY.

And to any republicans who complain about his intelligence and yet voted for either WBush or Palin, four words: "won't get fooled again."

ARE YOU SERIOUS? THE CLASSIC GREEK POET?! VERGIL IS ROMAN!!!!!!!!!


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