- 18+ 2- 0
Biden refers to asia as the orient
At a speech in Iowa on September 17, 2014, Biden described Lee Kuan Yew, founding father of modern Singapore, as "the smartest man in the Orient." The use of "orient" and "oriental" is widely considered outdated and offensive by Asians.
- 17+ 7- 3
I wouldn't go anywhere in confined places now.
"I wouldn't go anywhere in confined places now. … When one person sneezes it goes all the way through the aircraft. That's me. I would not be, at this point, if they had another way of transportation, suggesting they ride the subway."
Joe Biden, providing handy tips to protect against the swine flu and freaking us out, "Today Show" interview, April 30, 2009
- 16+ 8- 4
Looking across at one of the great justices, justice stewart - correction - justice john paul ...v
"Jill and I had the great honor of standing on that stage, looking across at one of the great justices, Justice Stewart."
Joe Biden, mistakenly referring to Justice John Paul Stevens, who swore him in as vice president, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009
- 15+ 9- 5
My memory is not as good as chief justice roberts'
"Am I doing this again? For the senior staff? My memory is not as good as Chief Justice Roberts'."
Joe Biden, mocking Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts' botched effort to swear in Barack Obama as Biden was set to swear in White House senior staff one day after the Inauguration snafu, Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2009
- 14+ 14- 9
That is a big f*%&ing deal!
"That is a big f**king deal!"
Joe Biden, caught on an open mic congratulating President Barack Obama during the health care signing ceremony, Washington, D.C., March 23, 2010
- 13+ 11- 6
Quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me.
"Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America. Quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me."
Joe Biden, speaking at a town hall meeting in Nashua, New Hampshire, Sept. 10, 2008
- 12+ 14- 7
...first mainstream african-american who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking ...
"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man."
Joe Biden, referring to Barack Obama at the beginning of the 2008 Democratic primary campaign, Jan. 31, 2007
- 11+ 14- 6
You cannot go to a 7-11 or a dunkin' donuts unless you have a slight indian accent.... I'm not ...
"You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.... I'm not joking."
Joe Biden, in a private remark to an Indian-American man caught on C-SPAN, June, 2006
- 10+ 14- 6
An hour late, oh give me a f**king break.
"An hour late, oh give me a f**king break."
Joe Biden, caught on a live mic speaking to a former Senate colleague after arriving on Amtrak at Union Station in Washington, D.C., March 13, 2009
- 9+ 14- 6
You know, I'm embarrassed. Do you know the web site number?
"You know, I'm embarrassed. Do you know the Web site number? I should have it in front of me and I don't. I'm actually embarrassed."
Joe Biden, speaking to an aide standing out of view during an interview on CBS' "Early Show," in the midst of encouraging viewers to visit a government-run Web site that tracks stimulus spending, Feb. 25, 2009
- 8+ 10- 2
Thank you, Dr. Pepper...
"Thank you, Dr. Pepper, and thank you, Chancell... Dr. Paper. And thank you, Chancellor."
At a campaign stop in Eastern Iowa in March of 2012, Biden accidentally thanked "Dr. Pepper" rather than the woman who actually had helped organize the event, Scott Community College President Dr. Theresa Paper. Fortunately for Joe, he caught his mistake right away and corrected himself.
- 7+ 15- 5
When the stock market crashed, franklin d. Roosevelt got on the television...
"When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened."
Joe Biden, apparently unaware that FDR wasn't president when the stock market crashed in 1929 and that only experimental TV sets were in use at that time, interview with Katie Couric, Sept. 22, 2008
- 6+ 17- 6
...a three-letter word: jobs...
"Look, John's last-minute economic plan does nothing to tackle the number-one job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as Barack says, a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S, jobs."
Joe Biden, Athens, Ohio, Oct. 15, 2008
- 5+ 19- 5
If we do everything right...there's Still a 30% chance we're going to get it wrong.
"If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there's still a 30% chance we're going to get it wrong."
Joe Biden, speaking to members of the House Democratic caucus who were gathered in Williamsburg, Va., for their annual retreat, Feb. 6, 2009
- 4+ 19- 5
A successful dump!
"A successful dump!"
Joe Biden, explaining his whereabouts (dropping deadwood at the dump) to the reporters outside his home, Wilmington, Del., Aug. 20, 2008
- 3+ 21- 5
Stand up, chuck, let 'em see ya.
"Stand up, Chuck, let'em see ya."
Joe Biden, to Missouri state Sen. Chuck Graham, who is in a wheelchair, Columbia, Missouri, Sept. 12, 2008
- 2+ 21- 3
...she's- wait- your mom's still- your mom's still alive.
"His mom lived in Long Island for ten years or so. God rest her soul. And- although, she's- wait- your mom's still- your mom's still alive. Your dad passed. God bless her soul."
Joe Biden, on the mother of Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen, who is very much alive, Washington, D.C., March 17, 2010
- 1+ 29- 6
The next president of the united states — barack america!v
"A man I'm proud to call my friend. A man who will be the next President of the United States — Barack America!"
Joe Biden, at his first campaign rally with Barack Obama after being announced as his running mate, Springfield, Ill., Aug. 23, 2008