Biden happened to be right

BIDEN HAPPENED TO BE RIGHT…. One of the more talked about moments of the White House signing ceremony this morning also happened to be a remark unintended for the public.

Vice President Biden was introducing President Obama, and as he turned to shake the president’s hand, he offered a brief message that the microphone picked up: “This is a big f**king deal.”

Soon after, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs tweeted, “And yes Mr. Vice President, you’re right…”

And you know what? Biden is right. Fox News is trying to make a fuss about the VP’s f-bomb, but let’s be grown-up about this. Signing health care reform into law is a big f**king deal.

I suppose the pushback will be that the VP’s language was somehow inappropriate. Nonsense. When then-Vice President Dick Cheney told Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) on the Senate floor, “Go f**k yourself,” that was inappropriate.

Biden, in contrast, is endearing.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.