Joe Biden's Big Deal--He Should Know Better By Now

The vice president ought to know better, but he isn’t the first to disregard the microphone.

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By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

This is by far the best one-liner I've seen used in the media in quite some time. As CBS News reports, one Tweeter quipped:

"FDR had the New Deal. Truman had the Fair Deal. J-Biden gives us the Big F***ing Deal."

And Vice President Joe Biden's unfortunate (but not unpreventable) recorded utterance while he was congratulating the president yesterday for getting healthcare reform legislation through Congress, has gone viral and is guaranteed a place in history as part of what he will be remembered by. Biden is certainly not the first politician to say something inept in front of a microphone. Ronald Reagan joked once that the United States would begin bombing Russia "in five minutes" and it didn't seem too funny to political leaders in Moscow.

George W. Bush was a nonstop font of ridiculous, ungrammatical sentences:

"Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?"—Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." —Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

But Biden, who spent so many years in Congress and several political seasons running for vice president, really ought to know better by now. In fact, he should take some advice from vampires, who cringe at the sight of a cross, and do the same thing before he opens his mouth again in front of an open microphone.

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