Biden’s potty mouth: Obama wanted to make it a t-shirt

The Vice President's salty language at Tuesday's healthcare reform bill signing amused the President, according to Biden.

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President Obama and Vice President Biden smile before the signing of the healthcare reform bill at the White House on Tuesday.

President Obama thought Vice President Biden’s gaffe at the healthcare bill signing was just fine. At least, according to Mr. Biden.

At a private fundraising reception Wednesday night, Biden told the crowd that at the morning presidential briefing, Mr. Obama said: “You know what the best thing about yesterday was? Joe’s comment.”

According to the pool report by Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton, Biden also said Obama told him he tried to have a T-shirt made with his remark on it, but couldn’t get it in time.

For those in the dark: At Tuesday’s bill-signing, after Biden had introduced Obama, a live mic picked up Biden saying it was a “big [bleeping] deal.” Soon after the signing (which used an astounding 22 pens), press secretary Robert Gibbs tweeted: “And yes, Mr. Vice President, you’re right…”

At this point, they’re starting to sound like a bunch of bad boys swearing behind their mothers’ backs and getting away with it, as my editor says. Maybe they think it helps them fight their "weakling" image"? Though certainly, muscling healthcare reform through Congress, against all odds, should have taken care of that.

And maybe Biden knows it would have made for a more dignified moment in history if he had kept his potty mouth in check.

At Wednesday's reception, held at the home of Baltimore-based developer David Cordish, Biden also said all he could think after he learned the comment had been picked up was, “Thank God my mom’s not …” The rest of sentence was drowned out by laughter.

Biden’s 92-year-old mother, Jean Biden, passed away in January.

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