Vice President Joe Biden has become notorious for unleashing comments that inspire huge laughs while also raising eyebrows for their awkwardness, inappropriateness, or for simply coming off as blunderous errors of judgment.
These comments, which have come to be called Bidenisms, have also come to be expected from the otherwise innocent and well-meaning Vice President Biden.
“(In Delaware) You can’t go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.”
To President Obama following the passage of the health care law, “This is a big f****n’ deal.”
And, with a serious, stoic effort, “Now is the time to heed the timeless advice from Teddy Roosevelt: ‘Speak softly, and carry a big stick’… I promise you, the president has a big stick.”
Someone else, like former President Bill Clinton, might have been able to play it off or get away with the comment, but given his history, not Vice President Joe Biden.
Perhaps it’s Joe Biden’s mannerisms or just some intangible quirk that sets audiences off when the VP launches one of his Bidenisms. Whatever it is, Vice President Biden’s good old boy style of accidental quirky humor was on full display Thursday night in front of a Harvard Institute of Politics audience.
Setting Biden up to deliver his latest piece of spontaneous humor was a questioner who introduced himself as Harvard’s Student Body Vice President.
“Isn’t that a b***h?” a gung-ho Vice President Biden exclaims in a rhetorical question style.
The audience instantly erupts into laughter – and appropriately so – before Vice President Biden fires off a few follow ups that are obscured by the laughter.
Moving on probably would’ve been Vice President Biden’s best move at this point, but instead he starts repeating, “I’m joking, I’m joking,” while the interpreter for the hearing impaired repeats the same in the background, followed by, “Best decision I’ve ever made,” then again repeating, “I’m joking – That was a joke. That was a joke.”
At this point, the Bidenism awkwardness has fully crept in. Of course, a video is worth a million words, so let’s enjoy Vice President Joe Biden as he enjoys some levity with the Harvard crowd.
In the end, the Harvard Student Body VP expressed to Vice President Joe Biden that he hopes he enjoys his position.
“I do, actually,” said Biden. “I love the guy I work with.”
The bit of Joe Biden comedy was likely welcome during the event as the majority of other topics discussed were not at all pleasant. Those topics included the Ebola outbreak, race relations, and other challenging issues.
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