Anybody with X-ray hearing might have noticed that Vice President Joe Biden dropped a major expletive during the signing of the historic healthcare reform bill on Tuesday.
Mr. Biden, speaking near an open mic, called the bill “a big [bleeping] deal.” (See video below.)
“More than his OTHER kinds of gaffes, I always thought Joe Biden’s use of such language might get him into trouble, frankly, during his presidential run(s),” writes Wilmington, Del., radio interviewer Allan Loudell on his blog at WDEL.com.
“Mr. Biden DOES seem to employ such language at public events more than some other politicians I've covered over the years,” Mr. Loudell adds.
You’d think by now he would have learned that live mics are just about everywhere. Especially when the boss is signing historic legislation.
Of course, potty-mouthed politicians are nothing new to Washington. Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Dick Cheney. Who can forget, just a few years ago, the then-veep telling Sen. Patrick Leahy (D) of Vermont to go “[bleep] yourself.”
Perhaps in this day and age, with expletives barely deleted on cable TV, such language is NBD. When this correspondent told a 17-year-old what Biden had said, she replied: “Awesome!” Hmmm. This young lady doesn’t normally employ such language. At least around her mother.
And maybe, Loudell suggests, Biden helped the cause of healthcare reform. “Paradoxically,” he asks, “did ‘blue collar’ Joe just make an intricate healthcare reform package more accessible to the ‘average Joe’?”