President Obama is promising his health care plan will salve many ills — but so far, there’s no cure for Vice President Biden’s gaffes.
At a bill signing ceremony for the measure in the East Room, Biden introduced Obama then shook the president’s hand and whispered in his ear, “This is a big (expletive) deal.”
Problem was, the microphone was on. “Biden drops the F-bomb,” CNN declared.
Obama, unsmiling, took the podium after Biden and opened his remarks with, “Thank you, Joe.”
The president at times has appeared uptight or uncomfortable around his cheery and decidedly more casual vice president — much in the manner of a college senior around an unpredictable relative at a celebratory brunch.
Where Obama is serious and at times appears humor-challenged, Biden dearly loves a laugh. Obama is singular and not a backslapper, and is sometimes photographed looking ill at ease with Biden’s arm draped around him.
UPDATE: It should be noted as well that during his remarks, the Vice President said that the poet Virgil was Greek. And what’s more, the quote from Virgil was likely inaccurate.