Thursday, Dec. 09, 2010

Joe Biden and the BFD

On March 23, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were understandably excited about signing into law a health care reform bill they had campaigned on and endured a marathon slugfest to pass through Congress in their first 13 months in office. After introductory remarks, an overjoyed and loose-lipped Biden whispered, "This is a big f***ing deal," into the President's ear as he turned the stage over to Obama. The exchange, which was loud enough to be picked up by the microphone, quickly made its way onto cable TV and into the blogosphere. The notoriously gaffe-prone Biden later apologized for the blooper and kept a good sense of humor about it. Organizing for America — the remaining political arm of Obama's '08 campaign — even started selling "Health Reform is a BFD" t-shirts at its online store. Health care reform is likely to remain one of the defining moments of Obama's presidency and in this viral age, Biden's blunder will likely have a similarly long shelf life.