Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2010

Joe Biden's Stimulus Stumble

Feb. 6, 2009

"If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there's still a 30% chance we're going to get it wrong."

Joe Biden, speaking to members of the House Democratic caucus who were gathered in Williamsburg, Va., for their annual retreat.

Biden may have gotten a big promotion on Jan. 20, but he proved early on in his term that he was still the same old gaffe-prone politician. Speaking to his former Capitol Hill colleagues at their annual retreat, he was a little too candid about how the Democratic Party could face major political repercussions in 2010 for its support of the $900 billion economic-stimulus package. He said the line while recalling a White House meeting with President Obama and senior aides — something that probably wasn't expected to leave the room. The White House later dismissed the remark, with Obama quipping at a prime-time press conference, "I don't remember exactly what Joe was referring to, not surprisingly."