White House Goes Blue
On the president's campaign twitter feed last night, Obama campaign staffers reminded followers of Vice President Biden's March 2010 open-mike remark that passing the health care bill was a " big f*cking deal":
" @BarackObama: Still a BFD: OFA.BO/ayPgAZ."
The link goes to a page on the Obama campaign website where one can buy a shirt for $30 that reads " Health Care: Still a BFD."
Conservatives suggest that cursing is now a "thing" for the Obama campaign, given that campaign manager Jim Messina yesterday blogged " Let's win the damn election," and Democratic National Committee executive director Patrick Gaspard tweeted " it's constitutional. B******." (Asterisks included by ABC)
And Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod in March blogged. " Hell yeah, I like Obamacare."
A senior adviser to Mitt Romney, Eric Fehrnstrom, expressed displeasure, tweeting: " Still not presidential. Kids, earmuffs RT @BarackObama Still a BFD: http://t.co/I4VUMs2K"
At the time of the VP's remark, the White House not only confirmed Biden's comments but agreed.
"And yes Mr. Vice President, you're right…," then-White House press secretary Robert Gibbs tweeted.
At a fundraiser in Baltimore at the time, Biden recounted that he had not been taken to the woodshed for his admitted "faux pas." He said President Obama said, "You know what the best thing about yesterday was? Joe's comment." Biden told the crowd that he told his boss, "If you thought it was so good, why didn't you say it?"
One GOP blogger today writes in response to the BFD shirts and the like: "What should have been an embarrassing open-mic moment by Joe Biden that the administration should have apologized for and hoped was forgotten has now been turned into a feature in their victory party, the football-spike for Obamacare. Remember this the next time someone tells you how Barack Obama has helped bring civility back to politics."
(asterisks inserted by ABC)