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Biden’s F-bomb lesson: microphones are mighty sensitive

April 22, 2010

What were the lessons learned for Vice President Joe Biden on dropping the F-bomb on national television?

Number one: microphones are waaaayyyy more sensitive than you realize.

Number two: the boss has a keen sense of humor.

Number three: it’s still embarrassing. USA-HEALTHCARE/OBAMA

Biden amid the giddiness of the passage of healthcare reform in March whispered into President Barack Obama’s ear “this is a big f—ing deal.” It was picked up by the microphone and became an online video sensation.

So when Biden was teased about it on ABC’s “The View,” he looked quite sheepish.

“I was just thankful my mother couldn’t hear it,” Biden said of his late mother. “And it was a little embarrassing.”

Biden had not been oblivious of the microphone, just of its sensitivity: “I realized there was a microphone, but I had no idea it was that sensitive.”

What was Obama’s response when they were away from the cameras? “After it was over we walked out and we got in the limo to go over to another event and he was laughing like the devil,” Biden said.

Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Biden whispers to Obama)

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Number four: you really have to squeeze hard to make it out

Number five: it’s still comparatively statesmanlike
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/art icles/A3699-2004Jun24.html

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Biden has been in public service for over 30 years. He knows how sensitive microphones are.

Regarding this incident, he is just a knucklehead. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Number six: Never miss a marketing opportunity… there was a t-shirt being sold on barackobama.com just days after the incident saying “Health Reform is a BFD”. I found it amusing that they turned it around so fast.

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