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Biden Jokes That Being VP Is "a Bitch"

Biden Jokes That Being VP Is "a Bitch"

By Adam O'Neal - October 3, 2014

It's well established among political watchers that being vice president of the United States isn't the most rewarding job. But count on Vice President Joe Biden to find a creative way to describe the indignity of being the country’s number two leader.  

At an event Thursday at the Harvard Institute of Politics, a student introduced himself as vice president of Harvard’s Undergraduate Council. That prompted this reply from Biden, according to Roll Call: “Isn’t it a bitch? I mean … that vice president thing?” 

Biden -- who has made a notable set of verbal missteps over the years -- quickly walked back the comment, clarifying several times that he was joking and adding that becoming vice president was “the best decision I ever made.”

The student added, “I hope you love your job.” 

“I do actually. I love that guy I work with,” Biden replied. 

The vice president, who has made his blue-collar roots central to his political identity, has developed a reputation for using salty language, including the occasional f-bomb, no matter the venue. 

In 2010, at the signing of the Affordable Care Act, he told President Obama that the occasion was a “big f------ deal.” Millions of people also heard the line, as an open microphone picked up his comments. 

The Harvard remark was not even the first time Biden has sworn when discussing his relationship with Obama. Earlier this year, the president told his VP, “You and I are becoming good friends! I find that very surprising.” 

According to the New Yorker, Biden responded, “You’re f------ surprised!”

Adam O'Neal is a political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at aoneal@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearAdam.

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