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Washington - Obama Not Amused By Biden's Joke About Chief Justice John Roberts

Published on: January 21, 2009 05:23 PM
By: Politico
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Washington - Don’t envy President Barack Obama as he tries to keep VP Joe Biden’s lips zipped.

At a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday for senior White House staff members, Biden joked about Chief Justice John Roberts’ flubbing of the inaugural oath on Wednesday.

A tight-lipped Obama looked on as Biden made his comments, which drew a few oohs and ahhs from the crowd of staff.

Obama didn’t smile at Biden’s remarks. He even moved to push Biden to get to the podium and get on with the task at hand.

I’m encouraged by Obama’s actions Wednesday. They indicate he wants to be serious when necessary, and not make jokes at others’ expenses when unnecessary.

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 05:42 PM Stand up, Chuck, let 'em see ya Says:

this guy is one big "gaffe machine" were gonna have alot of soundbites to enjoy!

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 05:40 PM Anonymous Says:

we elected a bunch of buffoons - America you get what you deserve

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 05:39 PM Anonymous Says:

Im becoming more and more impressed with the man.Can you imagine GWB's reaction....probably guffaw and backslap Biden.

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 05:58 PM Anonymous Says:

They made terrible fun of Former President Bush, a Republican, and a decent man. NOW, they have a real joker, and this will haunt the new Prez.

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 05:54 PM Anonymous Says:

I heard the swearing in on 1010 wins news. Both Roberts and Obama messed up. Roberts missplaced the word "faithfully" and Obama began his first phrase too soon. One can argue that Obama's goof threw off Roberts. Either way, let's daven for Obama's safety, firstly because it is the right thing to do, and secondly, because we can't afford a President Biden.

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 06:33 PM ha ha Says:

He is taking himself too seriously

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 06:29 PM Anonymous Says:

BTW, Biden goofed himself today. He said "I am the Vice Presiden - Elect". He then caught himself and said "Oh, I am already Vice President"

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 06:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Dan Quail reincarnated?

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 06:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Biden has proven time and again ...he can't control what comes out of his mouth. Obama will be smart to keep him as quiet as possible.

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 06:17 PM Washington Says:

Way to go Mr. President! Won't surprise me if Mr. Biden feels a bit.. shall we say, not so well in the coming months and will be replaced.

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 07:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

Dan Quail reincarnated?

Dan was not that bad.

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 08:08 PM Anonymous Says:

VP Biden should close his mouth already I can't stand him

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 07:58 PM Patrick Williams Says:

We pray that this is not how they all are going to represent us. The United Sates
The oath of our highest office is really not a good joke. Considering Mr. Obama had to take it over again today.

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 08:56 PM anonymous Says:

Its only one day and they don't seem to be getting along...

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 08:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Biden is a good guy and a dedicated public servant, but his foot lives in his mouth pretty much full time.

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 08:27 PM nate Says:

Reply to #10  
Washington Says:

Way to go Mr. President! Won't surprise me if Mr. Biden feels a bit.. shall we say, not so well in the coming months and will be replaced.

is there a way to change the VP in the middle of a term?

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 09:04 PM Anonymous Says:

Obama, a lawyer, knows he will need the chief justice oe day. nothgn to be gained by bashing him 0 -Obama is a smart man.

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 10:02 PM bigwheeel Says:

Reply to #16  
nate Says:

is there a way to change the VP in the middle of a term?

It's not the middle of the term, it's hardly the beginning!!! President Obama knew what he was getting himself into by selecting Joe Biden. He knew all his ups and downs. Apparently he concluded that he can gain more by having him on the ticket than not, despite his (JB's) shortcomings!!!

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 09:58 PM bigwheeel Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

we elected a bunch of buffoons - America you get what you deserve

Not true: Where VP, Sen. Joe Biden shows that he lightens up a tense situation with a sense of humor, the President gives the impression of a serious person worthy of the job he was elected to do!!!

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 10:56 PM gothicreader Says:

I bet the Prez is regretting his choice for VP!

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 10:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
Anonymous Says:

Biden is a good guy and a dedicated public servant, but his foot lives in his mouth pretty much full time.

If this were President Bush Or Vice president Quale you bet the media would never hear the end of it. Lets see how long this mistake and others will be
remembered. Will the comedians make fun of them as well. what a mockery.

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 10:46 PM steve b Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

Dan Quail reincarnated?

Biden is head and shoulders above Dan Quail- no comparison. Biden is a well informed gaff machine. Quail was a lightweight. Jill Biden appears to be a match for Joe on Gaff's. With her it's an ego problem..the need to brag.
lynleestep@mac.com

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 10:32 PM Anonymous Says:

It all comes down to "adult student council syndrome".....

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 11:44 PM Anonymous Says:

Many will be suffering from "buyer's remorse" once they realize what this country will become-France.

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 11:51 PM Anonymous Says:

Definately agree to coment 6.

They thought they were able to make fun of Bush. Wait for Jo to open his mouth.

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 11:50 PM chinchillajew Says:

That was totally inappropriate of Biden! We all make mistakes. Biden's gotta live and work with this guy for another 4 years, so he shouldn't go out of his way to alienate him like that.

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 12:14 AM Tanuj Lakhina Says:

I think actions are more important than words.So stop judging people and elected representatives by their words and goof ups.Judge them by the change that they "might" bring about.

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 11:18 PM Cheppah Says:

both Biden's humor/charm and Obama's gravity are good qualities in their own right. In various contexts, displaying their contrasting personalities is a great way to demonstrate the strengths of each. However, because Biden's gaffiness is considered a political liability, he owes a lot of loyalty to Obama as the person who brought him to the next level, and thus he will always have to back down when Obama wants him to.

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 11:13 PM Anonymous Says:

It's a little late to be complaining... America elected Obama, now we get we asked for... God help us!

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 Jan 21, 2009 at 11:13 PM Rajan Says:

Obama you are real hero ofthe world and me. God bless you obama,I love you.
Obama please make world Peaceful and united.

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 12:28 AM Yidel Says:

He picked him let him have it...!

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 01:58 AM goofmister Says:

biden should not have said what he did......his loose lips will surely sink ships for the next 4 years

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 12:42 AM Anonymous Says:

lets not forget bidens decades and decades of experience in the house and senate...

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 12:37 AM Anonymous Says:

Dick Cheney with a gun is less dangerous than this idiot.

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 07:19 AM Shlomo Says:

Reply to #13  
Patrick Williams Says:

We pray that this is not how they all are going to represent us. The United Sates
The oath of our highest office is really not a good joke. Considering Mr. Obama had to take it over again today.

Technically, he did not have to take the oath again. The Electoral College chose him and he became president on Tuesday. However, just to avoid any perceived problems, they decided to administer a second, correct, oath.
As for the media, don't worry, they'll be making fun of Obama and Biden: it wasn't just a Bush/Cheney "thing" or liberal bias. The media thrives on controversy. The honeymoon will be over soon. Once the administration finishes with the galas, the dances, and parties and gets down to actually making decisions and governing the country, the media-fest will begin. They'll have all the pundits up there talking about how they've "dropped the ball" or are leading the country poorly or don't understand the needs of [choose one] main street, wall street, the man in the street, women, minorities, farmers, the cities, big business, small business, the unemployed, the overworked, health insurance, socialized medicine, etc.

For good and for bad, Obama is our President and Biden our Vice-President: let us be mispalel for their administration and for the United States.

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 10:58 AM Conservative One Says:

Well everybody knew that this guy Biden is not the brightest bulb in the room. His problem is that the furniture in the upper chamber of his body is not aranged in the proper rooms. But that is whom Hussein Obama wanted as a heartbeat away from the Presidency. That does not say much about him either. We are in for a rough ride. Hold on.

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 10:44 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #14  
anonymous Says:

Its only one day and they don't seem to be getting along...

They don't have to get along. Biden is Obama's life insurance policy!

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 11:29 AM RebRambo Says:

Mr. Obama - you have a tough decision to make: Do you first sign an executive order to shut down Guantanimo or do you first sign an executive order to shut down Biden's mouth...

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 Jan 22, 2009 at 02:27 PM Jimmy37 Says:

Did BO expect this idiot to change and become a mensch? A pox on both of them!

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 Jan 23, 2009 at 10:40 AM Anonymous Says:

Don't forget this is the same buffoon who during the campaign said that when the stock market crashed in 1929, President Franklin Roosevelt went to TV to reassure the nation! (FDR would not be elected until 1932 and TV was strictly an experimental technology in '29 and would not be in people's homes for another 20 years). Yet, the media ignored his gaffe (just like they ignored Obama talking about how he had campaigned in "all 57 states"). If Sarah Palin had said something that stupid, or if President Bush had done so -- well, we'd still be hearing endlessly about it on TV and the press to this very day.

Beyond his reputation as the Gaffer-in-Chief, Biden (elected to the Senate in 1972) has been in Washington longer than Obama has been a grownup -- but he has almost always been on the WRONG side of every major issue (supported ending US aid to South Vietnam, resulting in a Communist victory there, objected to protecting the identities of US CIA personnel from illegal disclosure, opposed Desert Storm in 1991, etc). I am DEFINITELY NOT reassured having this political Ted Baxter a heartbeat away from the Presidency. STAY HEALTHY, OBAMA.

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 Jan 29, 2009 at 02:19 AM Anonymous Says:

someone who doesn't chap the difference of vp & vp elect is obviously to caught up in his celebrity ratings than in the job.

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 Jan 30, 2009 at 10:35 AM Anonymous Says:

at least the v.p. says what he thinks the pres. dosent think just talks

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 Sep 03, 2014 at 09:55 PM Moondog Says:

I think Obama new that Biden would be his insurance that he would never be impeached.

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