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Biden's 'big [expletive] deal' comment inspires T-shirts, Web sites -- and critics

Vice President Biden's now-infamous comment to President Obama at Tuesday's signing of the historic health-care overhaul (the nation's second-in-command told the commander-in-chief that "This is a big [expletive] deal") has online wits, and critics, working overtime:

• Via Ben Smith, WNYC's Brian Lehrer is soliciting "Biden Haikus" after noticing the veep's phrase was seven syllables -- the length of the middle line of a Haiku.

• Zazzle.com is out with "This is a Big [expletive] Deal" T-shirts.

• Someone launched a Twitter feed from the handle "BigFnDealer," rounding up some of the jokes.

• Another, more graphically inclined wag reinvented a still from the old Schoolhouse Rock cartoon for the "I'm just a bill" civics education song to feature the health-care bill using Biden's words.

• Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers, who anchors the Weekend Update, tweeted that he loved the veep's comments -- and also Obama's face in reaction.

• And someone implemented a redirect on the unredacted url abig[expletive]deal.com so that it leads right to Biden's bio at the White House.

The sotto voce comment, picked up by a hot mic, also has riled up detractors:

Newt Gingrich said the comment reflected "the ego level, and the sort of 'look at us, look at us' attitude of this administration."

If you see more responses worth noting, please add them in the comments.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  March 24, 2010; 11:21 AM ET
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Comments

I think the comment was great!

People like Linda7 should (1) get the cob out of their rears and (2) worry more about their pals spewing "n----r," "f----t," and "baby killer" at particular people.

Posted by: uh_huhh | March 24, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

I want one of those T-shirts!!!

Maybe I'll just make my own, and I won't put "*@#" on my shirt.

P.S. Word has it Bush's momma has said worse...
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Posted by: Evenfoolsarerightsometimes | March 24, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

And Jesus wept...

Posted by: nameit23 | March 24, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Dear sun52shine who mentioned Presidential grades.

Please let us know where you got the info about Obama's grades? Give us the link!!!

He has put a lock down on all of that just as Ms Clinton has. You must be privy to information that is hidden for all others.

Have you also discovered that he actually published anything in an academic journal all those years that he was a "professor"?

Remember the Kerry campaign when their grades were made public? ... and Bush had made the better grades ...

Obama is a brilliant manipulator, that I will agree. He is crafty, unscrupulous and has proven many times is willing to throw his best friends and mentors under the bus & bribe anyone iwthout a blink of ethics - granted - one could say that a form of "brilliant"!

It would be great if Obama was a little more transparent about the facts of his past - not the narative he spun in his "modest" two autobiographies by the age of 40

Posted by: sally62 | March 24, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

"Newt Gingrich said the comment reflected "the ego level, and the sort of 'look at us, look at us' attitude of this administration.""

You just have to appreciate the pathetic irony of a such a comment coming from the Newt!

Posted by: j2hess | March 24, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

We (expletive) Love Joe!

Posted by: dove369 | March 24, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

32 million Americans could have died for Repblican lawmakers' sins. That's a big F'n deal.

Posted by: lets_get_real | March 24, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

The man is so good he couldn't convince his own people for months and months.

He had to go back on just about every promise made, bribe like never before, lock people up away from their constitutents, threaten and take people on his big fancy airplane to get what? just... enough votes from his own huge majority party ... after over a year ...

nothing really admirable there for an innocent bystander... no different from the worst we've seen.

CNN Int. was showing the campaign where Obama was saying over and over that "mandate would be like holding hostage" ... that was when he was for single payer before being against that

.. then he was against single mandate before he was for it ... in fact anything at all just to get his ego flattered ... and the kookaid goes on.

Of course, when one is a "true believer" they are just the same but flip side of the religious zealots you dispise ... what a joke!

Posted by: sally62 | March 24, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

The man is so good he couldn't convince his own people for months and months.

He had to go back on just about every promise made, bribe like never before, lock people up away from their constitutents, threaten and take people on his big fancy airplane to get what? just... enough votes from his own huge majority party ... after over a year ...

nothing really admirable there for an innocent bystander... no different from the worst we've seen.

CNN Int. was showing the campaign where Obama was saying over and over that "mandate would be like holding hostage" ... that was when he was for single payer before being against that

.. then he was against single mandate before he was for it ... in fact anything at all just to get his ego flattered ... and the kookaid goes on.

Of course, when one is a "true believer" they are just the same but flip side of the religious zealots you dispise ... what a joke!

Posted by: sally62 | March 24, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

The difference between Obama and Bush is education. Obama was an A student and Bush was a D+ student. Need I say more! Plus Obama is not greed for money - his greed is to stop human suffering.

Posted by: sun52shine | March 24, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Well, Joe was right.

Obama is the biggest effing deal since Lincoln.

How did we go from the worst president in U.S. history (Bush) to a man who is very likely among the best?

That's a big effing deal.

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | March 24, 2010 5:11 PM
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Hear, hear, I f___ing second the motion! At least Obama and Biden ain't f___ing morons, like George Worst and his Dick.

Posted by: TalkingHead1 | March 24, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

The Veep's comment was made in celebration and good humor to an intended audience of one. So big deal.

Republican GLARING omission: whoever the ONE public Canadian bureaucrat who came to the US for a heart surgery procedure, and that was such a big f

Posted by: kevten | March 24, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

This was the man, elected to hold the second highest office in the nation - a heartbeat from the highest office in the nation.

That this lack of control, while in the midst of a SCHEDULED media event, is condoned as merely .... utters an extremely common adjective ..... speaks volumes about the people who voted for him.
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so true...birds of a feather flock together.....

Posted by: Micholina1 | March 24, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

that will be good......wear
that t shirt,,,then we'll be able to pick out the fools better while they wear it....

Posted by: Micholina1 | March 24, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

"Joe Biden: The thinking man's Dan Quayle"

^This is a big f____ing deal. I love this quote. Good work, Anon!

Posted by: fbutler1 | March 24, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

1) Biden was making a comment to his boss and friend, in celebratory terms.
2) He didn't say it directly into the mike. He wasn't addressing the whole audience like: "HEY... EVERYBODY.... *THIS IS A BIG F_____ING DEAL!* BY THE WAY,WE ARE THE SH!T."
3) While we can all agree it was inappropriate to use that phrase in public, especially because of your position in gov't, but it's a lot better than calling somebody an "a-yole" like Bush told Cheney in public... or telling somebody to "go f___ yourself". At least he wasn't be negative, like "F___ the Republicans for trying to sabotage this bill every step of the way," or "F___ Republicans for refusing to be bipartisan regardless of attempts at reaching across the aisle." Would've been as accurate as calling this a "big f___ing deal".
4) When he said that, I guess everybody thought he was talking about what he just said....because that seems to be a big f___ing deal, itself.

5) Everybody has a catchphrase - this is going to be it for Biden, and I love it!

Posted by: fbutler1 | March 24, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Well, Joe was right.

Obama is the biggest effing deal since Lincoln.

How did we go from the worst president in U.S. history (Bush) to a man who is very likely among the best?

That's a big effing deal.

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | March 24, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

It’s too bad that Republicans don’t have memories like elephants. Check out this Dana Milbank story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3699-2004Jun24.html .

A lot of people seem to remember Cheny’s friendly advice to Pat Lehey , but not many remember that Cheny gave Lehey his suggestion on the day that the Defense of Decency act passed the Senate. There’s more. As Milbank points out:

“This was not the first foray into French by Cheney and his boss. During the 2000 campaign, Bush pointed out a New York Times reporter to Cheney and said, without knowing the microphone was picking it up, "major-league [expletive]." Cheney's response -- "Big Time" -- has become his official presidential nickname.”

Posted by: robertjonezz | March 24, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

'Tis why I like Biden. He speaks his mind, so frequently, but is able to get away with the "gaffe" phraseology!

A man has got the right to say what's on his mind some of the time!, no matter how it is measured or judged by others --- in public and in private --- to paraphrase Henry David Thoreau!

Posted by: HerLao | March 24, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

This was the man, elected to hold the second highest office in the nation - a heartbeat from the highest office in the nation.That this lack of control, while in the midst of a SCHEDULED media event, is condoned as merely .... utters an extremely common adjective ..... speaks volumes about the people who voted for him.
Posted by: asmith1 | March 24, 2010 3:49 PM

*****

I'd bet 50:1 odds that America has never had a President or Vice-President that we can claim to have never ever uttered or written a slang reference to sexual intercouse.

Posted by: Gracefulboomer | March 24, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Pshaw. I've heard as much on live sports coverage. Here's your gold medal, Mr. Vice President. You do us proud.

Posted by: mattintx | March 24, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Biden is so right. One of the previous posters said it was like a sports team had won something. Booyah!!! F'Yeah, GOP is goin' down.

And what biden said too!!!

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Posted by: linlinmeihua | March 24, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Joe!

Posted by: Gracefulboomer | March 24, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Zazzle is Amazing... they had a lot of designs up within minutes of Biden opening his mouth... and it seems America is a little impatient too... "How's that big F!%#ing Deal Working For You So Far?"
http://www.zazzle.com/big_f_cking_deal_tshirt-235155821792371884

Posted by: FRedStatescom | March 24, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

A law giving medical care
To all's an historic affair;
And so Biden was loath
To forget that his oath
Prescribed him to solemnly swear.

News Short n' Sweet by JFD8
http://twitter.com/JFD8

Posted by: jd121 | March 24, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

This was the man, elected to hold the second highest office in the nation - a heartbeat from the highest office in the nation.

That this lack of control, while in the midst of a SCHEDULED media event, is condoned as merely .... utters an extremely common adjective ..... speaks volumes about the people who voted for him.

Posted by: asmith1 | March 24, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey riskexcellence,

Go fcuk yourself.

Posted by: angelos_peter | March 24, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Where is the adult supervision for the GOP?

Posted by: jckdoors | March 24, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait for the ACLU to start offering
Fcuk Yoo! tee shirts.

Posted by: angelos_peter | March 24, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Infants with pre-existing conditions can die for lack of health insurance. No problem. But the veep utters an extremely common adjective and the GOP has a fit. Was it a Democrat who screamed "Baby killer!" on the Sabbath? No. It wasn't. Hey. I got an idea. Let's fire up a third war. That ought to be sufficient bread-n-circuses to divert attention away from the veep's comment. Primates are always drawn to shiny things. Be a minuteman. Go off and protect Our Freedoms.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | March 24, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

That an elected official sees fit in a public forum to use an expletive of that magnitude, whether whispered to his presidential pal or no, is reprehensible. It was revolting when used by Vice President Biden's predecessor, and it is no less so now. It cannot be excused in the name of colorful language or because some will want to wash it clean through use by others.

We have a right to expect civility and decorum from those in elected office and every prerogative to call out those who fail that standard. This is not a matter of party politics, rather of one's poor choice of language. Vice President Biden can excuse the choice of words no more than Cheney or any other.

If any want to test the theory, trudge on over to the CEO or Chairman in your company, drop an F-bomb and gauge the reaction..from the unemployment office quite probably.

Posted by: riskexcellence | March 24, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

And Americans don't even get an apology.

Posted by: 45upnorth | March 24, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

two things. First, I don't know why this is newsworthy, especially in light of all of the other gaffes by others pointed out above. Second, sandy5274 if you have health insurance and it includes coverage for a check up from the neck up, you should take advantage of it.
You'd drink the kool aid, if it were offered to you by a repuke, no doubt.

Posted by: red2million | March 24, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

two things. First, I don't know why this is newsworthy, especially in light of all of the other gaffes by others pointed out above. Second, sandy5274 if you have health insurance and it includes coverage for a check up from the neck up, you should take advantage of it.
You'd drink the kool aid, if it were offered to you by a repuke, no doubt.

Posted by: red2million | March 24, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, and I love that WAPO is now allowing us to use fcuking in our post...way to go Joe, you've made "fcuking" acceptable; after all we all do it, so what's the big fcuking deal?

Posted by: Beingsensible | March 24, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

What's the big fcuking deal?...It was a big fcuking deal! Another big fcuking deal that hasn't been mentioned nearly enough is a law maker calling another law maker a "baby killer" on the House floor; now that's a big fcuking deal we need to be talking about!

Posted by: Beingsensible | March 24, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Why is this such a big effing deal?

Posted by: financepirate | March 24, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Newt needs to remember the arrogance of the previous administration. This is a Big F'n deal! Finally an administration does something with people, as opposed to corporations, in mind.

Posted by: smoothdj40 | March 24, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Newtie is a big F-ing A$S-sphincter!

Posted by: hayden1 | March 24, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter how he had expressed his excitement; I suspect that anyone who opposes health care reform would have found it arrogant and in-your-face if V.P. Biden had whispered to President Obama "this is AWESOME" or "I am totally stoked". If it's merely an issue of language, did these same people condemn V.P. Cheney's language when he told a member of Congress to "go f*** yourself" loud enough to be heard by everyone in the hall around him? Talk about arrogant and in-your-face!

The pro-lifers created an evil-sounding label for those who are pro-choice: "pro-abortion". It's time to give the opposers of health care reform the label they deserve. Which fits best? "anti-health","pro-disease", "I-love-America-but-hate-other-Americans"? "There-is-'me'-and-'I'-in-America-but-there-is-no-'you'-so-why-should-I-give-a-damn-about-anyone-else?"

Posted by: emm2 | March 24, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

This also deserves a t-shirt:

"Joe Biden: The thinking man's Dan Quayle"

Thanks anon99!

Posted by: nomorewholefoods | March 24, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey Joe! Y'er right!

Posted by: Felipe_M | March 24, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Huffington Post has a slideshow here, entitled "Joe Biden's Life: One Big F---in Deal After Another"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/23/joe-bidens-life-one-big-f_n_510272.html

Posted by: dkp01 | March 24, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Great job Democrats, and many happy big f++++++ deal returns!

Go Obama & Biden!
Go America!

Posted by: binkynh | March 24, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

OMFG.

Newt Gingrich -- this little loser who shut government down because Bill Clinton made him use the back stairs on Air Force 1 -- is talking about arrogance?

Is this a story from the Onion?

Posted by: Losercuda | March 24, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Day two: still funny.

And DatMel, I think you may be right.

Posted by: dkp01 | March 24, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Anyone, either Republican or Democrat, who's first reaction to this wasn't to fall on the floor laughing needs to take a step back. You are really missing out. If you never find politics funny, you shouldn't be involved in it.

Was it appropriate? No. Was it hilarious? Absolutely. Remember, this is Joe Biden. The man who once described Obama as "clean." The man who once asked a paraplegic in a wheel chair to stand up and be recognized.

Joe Biden: The thinking man's Dan Quayle.

Posted by: anon99 | March 24, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Newt Gingrich said the comment reflected "the ego level, and the sort of 'look at us, look at us' attitude of this administration."

As opposed to the humble dignity of a "Mission Accomplished" flight-suit photo op...

Posted by: ComfortablyDumb | March 24, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

So where was all the conservative righteous indignation when Cheney told someone to **** off? Hypocrites....

Posted by: CHICO13 | March 24, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

The rightwing hypocrisy is just adorable...and frightening. I bet that none of the fainting Tea Baggers who are clutching their pearl necklaces and complaining about VP Biden's tart language uttered a word of condemnation when VP Darth Vader used the same language against a member of the Senate.

Biden was right, as usual. This was a big fun'g deal. I hope we get many more chances to repeat his language over the next nine years.

Posted by: dee5 | March 24, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

So let me be clear here again,as Potty Mouth Drunken VP Joe Biden and the Citizen
from Kenya,Undocumented President Liar in
Chief Barack Hussein Obama Will Be Kicked Out of the White House in 2012 or before by
Impeachment after the GOP regains control
of Congress on Election Day 2010! Obama needs to wash his foul mouth drunkard Vice
President Joe Biden Potty Mouth out with soap! Vote Obama & Biden Out Or Remove Them
By Impeachment! What A Disgusting Loser!

Posted by: sandy5274 | March 24, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Amazing. You expect this kind of behavior out of local gangsters but are flabbergasted when its displayed by federal gangsters.
When you elect common criminals, you have to expect them to act like common criminals.
And just because he's less crass than his predecessor doesn't mean he's fit for the job.

Posted by: brattykathyi1 | March 24, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Linda7, it is "lose the next election" not "loose the next election." It always amazes me when I see this error (along with the other classical error of "there" used in a possessive sense)from people who otherwise seem to (not "too") be otherwise quite literate. Where is William Safire when we need him...

Frankly, it doesn't surprise me to hear Joe Biden use the F word; everyone else does, and the passage of a health care bill, even as severely flawed and limited as this one is, really is a "big f-ing deal!"

Posted by: hakngolfer1 | March 24, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

It's good to know our VP is merely human - a down to earth person who understands the beneficial impact on millions of Americans. I's like to add that this is a big [expletive deleted] boost for so many Americans who have lived with unequal access to health care for decades.

Posted by: JBGJRESQ | March 24, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Gingrich is the last politician entitled to comment on another's ego. Didn't he once compare himself to a "sun king?"

Posted by: rashomon | March 24, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

So what is not like the word isn't used a lot in our everyday life. He was whispering to the president...I really didn't pay it any attention until the media blew it up...like they do most things. No F*ing big deal!!!

Posted by: TopperGem | March 24, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Seems to be a VP tradition. At least the usage was in it's adjetive form, not the verb used by Cheney:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3699-2004Jun24.html

Posted by: owl-hoo | March 24, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I see one response worth not noting, and that's Gingrich's. I'm absolutely sure he's never, ever, ever used that particular terminology.

Posted by: tennesseemoonshiner | March 24, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

He said a curse word? Big f-ing deal.

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Posted by: linjian76 | March 24, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Biden ids Biden. A little locker room talk between friends is fine. It was a gargantuan task that they have accomplished and had all the reason to feel that way.

Harmless.

Unless you are the GOP, who will create as much misinformation about the gaffe as humanly possible - as they do for everything else.

Posted by: jfern03 | March 24, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Seems to be a VP tradition. At least the usage was in it's adjetive form, not the vehttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3699-2004Jun24.htmlrb as in:

Posted by: owl-hoo | March 24, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Is it me or is this getting more attention than that idiot yelling "baby killer" on the floor of the House?

Posted by: DatMel | March 24, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, it was inappropriate for Biden to say the expletive. He should have known better and I'm sure he regrets it. It is true that Biden is prone to gaffes. But, whatever. Certainly no big deal! It does not diminish the greatness of the day. Healthcare passed after so much struggle. It really shows how the Democrats have to be brave and fight for what they believe and not back down. I have been saying this for some time.

Speaking of which, I really wish the Democrats would make the Republicans filibuster on the Senate floor and just wait them out before they vote. Why doesn't Harry Reid make them do this?

Posted by: andrew41 | March 24, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

When I first heard of Biden's comment it seemed comical, but on second thought I feel it displayed an arrogant, in-your-face message which is very unbecoming in a leader. Now, I must admit that there were a few times in my long life where I've been very, very angry and that word has come spilling out (but only in my home). Now, one of our leaders has made it okay so I can say when they loose the next election = "that's a f.....g good deal!"

Posted by: Linda7 | March 24, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

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