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Biden visits "View"; talks Iran, China...and that other thing

Vice President Joe Biden went on ABC's daytime talk show "The View" Thursday morning to refute a news report claiming that a secret memo written by Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the U.S. lacks a policy to thwart Iran's march toward nuclear capability. He also made a point of shooting down the notion that Israel is debating whether to attack Iran without U.S. permission, to state emphatically that China will agree to sanctions against Iran, and to nuke a report the president is mulling a national sales tax.

Biden's visit with the Ladies of "The View" got a boatload of press coverage Thursdays. You may have seen all the headlines:

*Biden on The View: Obama laughed 'like the devil' at F-bomb

*Biden reflects on BFD

*Biden: No Idea Microphones Picked Up F-Bomb Until Obama Told Me

*Joe Biden On The View: F-Bomb 'Was A Little Embarrassing'

*Biden explains his healthcare-victory expletive

Virtually every member of the press who put something up on a Web site after Biden's visit decided the most pressing issue addressed by the Vice President of the United States of America on the show was his use last month of the naughty word that rhymes with "duck" when, in his girlish enthusiasm over the historic nature of the moment - he and Obama were together on stage and he was congratulating Obama on passage of national health care reform -- he whispered into Obama's ear "This is a big [word that rhymes with duck]-ing deal!" and the microphone picked it up.

Now we're just a lowly columnist who covers television. We leave it to the political-reporting experts - including Politico, MSNBC, HuffingtonPost, The Washington Post's political blog, The Los Angeles Times, and Fox News Channel, among others -- to determine what is the most important bit of news to come out of a nationally televised appearance by man who is a heartbeat away from being the leader of the free world. We'll take the lead of the professionals, and give you the all the details on this most important of stories:

The issue was brought up during Biden's "View" visit by Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who is famously "The View's" token pretty blonde Republican:

"[President Obama's] been in the past talking about words, you know, he's told us that there are certain words that, as America, we should kind of stay away from: war on terror, radical Islam, etc. You get up there, health care bill signed, and you throw the f-bomb!"

What Hasselbeck wanted to know was why he, Biden, thought he "got the pass" from the President of the United States after perpetrating that outrage.

Biden did not take her by both wrists, waggle her about a bit, and call her a nincompoop - which explains why he's the Vice President and we're only entrusted to run a TV column. Instead, he said, good naturedly/contritely: "I was just thankful my mother couldn't hear it. It was a little embarrassing."

"You did not realize there was a microphone?" Joy Behar asked.

"I realized there was a microphone, but I had no idea it was that sensitive. I was far away from it and I was whispering in his ear," Biden explained, adding, "After it was over, we walked out and got into the limo to go over to another event and he was laughing like the devil. I said 'What's so funny? I don't see anything funny about this.' He said, 'Well, Katie, my secretary, told me when you said that to me everybody could hear it'."

A couple renegade reporters, at the Wall Street Journal and Entertainment Weekly, broke ranks and focused on other big news to come out of Biden's trip to "The View":

*Joe Biden visits 'The View': Elizabeth Hasselbeck tells security team, 'I'm a Republican, wand me.'

*Biden on The View: 'I Like Sarah Palin'

And, some numbskull over at CBS News decided the big news of the visit was:

*Biden: China Will Agree to Sanctions Against Iran.

Fortunately, less than an hour after posting that on the CBS Web site, someone at the news division realized how badly they'd missed the big story and filed another report on the Biden trip to "The View" that went like this:

*Biden: Obama was 'Laughing Like the Devil' at F-Bomb.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  April 22, 2010; 1:55 PM ET
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