Vice president Joe Biden had some trouble holding his excitement in during the signing ceremony for the “landmark” health care legislation that got passed by the House Sunday. Biden, in yet another of his memorable moments was caught whispering to Obama saying something to the effect of “this is a big fu#king deal” as Obama prepared to deliver a speech. Biden has been surrounded in controversy before for similar slip ups. In 2007, he commented on how much Barrack Obama was a departure from the stereotyped black American male, the first “mainstream” of his type to be “articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” This comment backfired unexpectedly, causing some hurdles for Biden in raising funding for his 2008 presidential campaign. In 2006, he pulled yet another off-color stunt when he stated that visitors to 7-11 locations must have a “slight indian accent” to be able to communicate with employees.
It is very clear that Biden’s mouth could pose a danger to the administration. Yes, this incident is nothing to write home about, but it could be an indicator of worst things to come. Just days ago another politician was heard uttering the phrase “baby killer” before a House hearing Sunday on the health care reform. The congressperson, later identified as Randy Neugebauer, apologized for the outburst. If this sort of behavior among our political leaders continue, our image will continue to tarnish in the face of the rest of the world.