Vice President Joe Biden addresses the NAACP annual convention, Thursday, July 12, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) (Associated Press)

Get excited for Joe Biden's speech with 10 of his gaffes

Just in case he's on his best behavior tonight, a recap of his funniest flubs

Jillian Rayfield
September 7, 2012 5:19AM (UTC)

Vice President Joe Biden is known to say what he's thinking, which isn't always advantageous for a politician. In no particular order, a list of his most famous misstatements:

"Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be Vice President of the United States of America. Let's get that straight. She's a truly close personal friend. She is qualified to be President of the United States of America. She's easily qualified to be Vice President of the United States of America. Quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me. But she's first rate." -- Sept. 10, 2008, speaking in Nashua, N.H.


"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." - Jan. 31, 2007, describing Barack Obama during the Democratic primary. Biden later apologized.

"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." -- Feb. 6, 2009, to members of the House Democratic caucus in Williamsburg, Va.

"Jill and I had the great honor of standing on that stage, looking across at one of the great justices, Justice Stewart." – Jan. 20, 2009, intending to refer to Justice John Stevens, who swore him into office.


"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." -- Oct. 15, 2008, speaking in Athens, Ohio.

"I'm told Chuck Graham, state senator, is here. Stand up, Chuck, let 'em see you. Oh, God love you. What am I talking about. I'll tell you what, you're making everybody else stand up, though, pal." - Sept. 9, 2008, talking to Missouri state Sen. Chuck Graham, who is in a wheelchair.

"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." -- March 17, 2010, on the mother of Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen, who is still living.

"A man I'm proud to call my friend. A man who will be the next President of the United States — Barack America!" - Aug. 23, 2008, at his first campaign event with Barack Obama.


"An hour late, oh give me a f**king break." -- March 13, 2009, caught on a mic, speaking to a former senator after arriving by train in Washington, D.C.

"This is a big f*cking deal." -- March 23, 2010, caught on a mic, speaking to Barack Obama after he signed the Affordable Care Act into law.


Bonus Joe Biden Onion story: Shirtless Biden Washes Trans Am in White House Driveway

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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