Throughout decades of his public service, former senator and current Vice President Joe Biden has earned a reputation of often saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.
His gaffe prone attitude has not only created problems for himself, but also for President Barack Obama and the Democrats on the whole. As Biden prepares himself for the upcoming showdown with Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan in the first Vice Presidential debate, here is a reminder of some of his gaffes in hopes that he will manage avoid similar goof-ups during the debate.!
1. Biden’s Healthcare Reform Moment: “a big f******deal”
Following his introduction of President Obama during the healthcare bill’s signing ceremony in 2010; he turned to the President and uttered: "This is a big f******deal," without even realizing that his comment was caught on an open microphone.
2. Biden and Wheelchair bound Chuck Graham Stand-Up Moment “Stand up Chuck, let 'em see you”
Joe Biden, telling Missouri state senator Chuck Graham to stand up at a campaign rally, before realizing that he is actually confined to a wheelchair. "I'm told Chuck Graham, state senator, is here. Stand up Chuck, let 'em see you. Oh, God love you. What am I talking about. I'll tell you what, you're making everybody else stand up, though, pal."
3. Stimulus Stumble “30% chance we're going to get it wrong”
Speaking to members of the House Democratic caucus in 2009 he once again proved his reputation as a gaffe-prone politician. Addressing his colleagues at the annual retreat Biden became a little too candid about the $900 billion economic-stimulus package.
He said: "If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there's still a 30% chance we're going to get it wrong."
Obviously, it was something that probably wasn’t expected to leave the room. The remark was later dismissed by the White House.
4. Hillary’s Unlikely Endorsement “She is qualified to be President of the United States of America”
Joe Biden while suggesting Obama’s former rival Senator Hillary Clinton might have been a better choice for the Vice President in Nashua 2008 said: "Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be Vice President of the United States of America. Let's get that straight. She's a truly close personal friend. She is qualified to be President of the United States of America. She's easily qualified to be Vice President of the United States of America. Quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me. But she's first rate."
5. To Compliment or Not to Compliment Obama? “articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy”
"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man." Joe Biden, makes another serious blunder describing fellow candidate Barack Obama.
The remark was made the same day Biden filed his official paperwork to launch his presidential campaign. He later apologized for his remark and said it was taken out of context.
6. Middle Class Buried by Biden “raising taxes on the middle class that has been buried the last four years?”
And here’s one of the most recent ones!
On October 2, 2012, Biden while speaking at a campaign event in Charlotte, North Carolina while talking about the policies supported by Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan said: ‘How they can justify … raising taxes on the middle class that has been buried the last four years?’
Yes, that’s right; it was President Obama who was in charge when the middle class got buried, according to Biden’s formulation.
7. Check Facts Before You Speak Biden! “When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed.”
"When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened."
Completely unaware of his facts Biden claimed that Franklin D. Roosevelt got on television in 1929 to talk about the stock market crash, forgetting that FDR wasn’t the president at that time and only experimental TVs were in use back then.
That’s our pick! Let us know if we’ve missed any good ones by commenting below.