March 24, 2010— -- Swept up in his enthusiasm over the passage of health care legislation, Vice President Joe Biden made another one of the gaffes that have become his trademark. After he introduced the president at the podium in the East Room of the White House Tuesday, Biden embraced President Obama and said to him, "This is a big f**king deal!"
Even in the din of the crowd's cheering, an open mic caught the VP's words. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs acknowledged Biden's words, writing on his Twitter account, "And yes Mr. Vice President, you're right ..."
Biden isn't the first VP to get caught in a foul language trap. In 2004, Vice President Dick Cheney was on the Senate floor when he told Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., to "Go f**k yourself." Comments Leahy had made about Cheney and his former employer Halliburton got under the VP's skin.
Biden's curse may have been more lighthearted, but it's still getting a lot of attention today, and some say it distracts from the message on health care. His comments have already been turned into a T-shirt.
Our question to you today: Was Biden's gaffe a big deal?