VP Joe Biden talks about Obama's "big stick" during speech
Vice President Joe Biden inadvertently made a NYU audience explode into laughter when he made a comment about President Barack Obama's "big stick." Find out what he really meant.
Vice President Joe Biden is known for sticking his foot in his mouth on a regular basis. Well, he did it again today when he discussed President Obama's student loan interest reduction program at NYU.
"Now is the time to heed the timeless advice from Teddy Roosevelt: 'Speak softly and carry a big stick,' end of quote," Biden told the audience. "I promise you, the president has that big stick."
Of course, everyone in the audience got a case of the giggles when Biden made that remark. Admit it: You did too! We're not that surprised that he made the unintended error — Uncle Joe B. has made a political career out of his multiple slips of the tongue.
What a great dump
Biden was approached by reporters outside his Delaware home in 2008 when they asked him what he'd been doing. He was dropping deadwood at the local dump. Unfortunately, he didn't say it that way.
"A successful dump!" he said of his trip. Um, OK Joe.
RIP Mom... wait, RIP Dad
Biden was introducing Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen in 2010 when he consoled him on the loss of his mother. The problem? His mother isn't dead.
"His mom lived in Long Island for 10 years or so. God rest her soul. And although, she's... wait. Your mom's still... your mom's still alive. Your dad passed. God bless her soul."
FDR just loved TV
Biden apparently likes to reference former president Franklin D. Roosevelt during his speeches. Unfortunately, it also causes him to mess up.
"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,'" Biden said during a 2008 interview with Katie Couric. The problem? FDR wasn't president during the 1929 crash — and television was far from reality at that point.
Still, the veep knows he makes mistakes — he even joked about it before making Thursday's gaffe.
"Everybody sometimes slips," Biden quipped to the NYU audience. "I never do, but everybody does." Oh, you're crazy, Joe.