Oh, That Joe! (No. 49 in a Series) – Vice President Biden Sums Up Health Care Reform Legislation: ‘This is a Big F-ing Deal’

By Matt Loffman

Mar 23, 2010 1:11pm

ABC News’ Karen Travers reports: Politicians, pundits and the American public have all weighed in on the significance of President Obama signing into law health care reform legislation today. How big of a deal was it? Well, according to Vice President Biden at the event this morning, “This is a big f-ing deal.” After finishing his introduction of the president, Biden turned to shake Obama’s hand and offer a pat on his back. The microphone on the podium picked up Biden leaning in and saying to Obama: “This is a big f-ing deal.” Perhaps not the most appropriate choice of words, but the White House has not only confirmed Biden’s comments but given its stamp of approval to his declaration. “And yes Mr. Vice President, you're right…,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Twitter. ABC News’ Jake Tapper suggests an alternative theory on the vice president’s remarks, noting that the health care bill increases employees’ share of the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes by 0.9% for upper-income wage earners. So perhaps what Biden was actually saying was “This is a big FICA deal”? Earlier in his remarks, Biden may have predicted his imminent faux pas. “I've gotten to know you well enough,” Biden said to Obama during his introduction. “You want me to stop because I'm embarrassing you.” -Karen Travers

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