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Quoted: Joe Biden gets excited about health care reform -- and forgets about the live mike

President Obama and Vice President Biden receive a standing ovation during this morning's signing ceremony for health care reform (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

"This is a big [fracking] deal."

-- A jazzed up Joe Biden to Barack Obama at the signing of the historic health care reform bill. The veep introduced the president to the excited crowd at the White House and leaned in to congratulate him -- without remembering that the microphone was live.

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UPDATE: White House press secretary Robert Gibbs weighed in on his Twitter page, declaring: "And yes Mr. Vice President, you're right..."

By The Reliable Source  |  March 23, 2010; 12:59 PM ET
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Comments is. Isn't it?

Posted by: blarsen1 | March 23, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

T Shirt, Hat and bumper sticker here!:

Posted by: bamarocks | March 23, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

It absolutely is, Biden. You couldn't have put that better than that.

Posted by: thisworld | March 24, 2010 5:24 AM | Report abuse

this is a big deal people - and Vice President Biden is known for speaking how he feels - not how he thinks people want him to feel.

Posted by: theatremarine | March 24, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

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