When Joe Biden was asked a question by the vice president of Harvard University’s student body, Sietse Goffard, he couldn’t help but sympathise with the student’s position.
At the Institute of Politics event yesterday evening, the student introduced himself as vice president, to which Biden quickly replied: “Isn’t it a bitch?”
“I mean... excuse me. The vice president thing.”
He clarified moments later: “I’m joking, I’m joking, I’m joking. Best decision I ever made. That was a joke.”
Of course it was, Joe.
His candid response was the latest gaffe for a vice president who has become known for colourful language and questionable phrasing.
At the beginning of the 2008 Democratic primary campaign, he referred to his now-President and colleague Barack Obama as “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”
He was caught on a live mic saying to a former Senate colleague in March 2009: "An hour late, oh give me a f**king break."
He also coined the now infamous political phrase: “This is a big f**king deal!” as he introduced Obama at the official ceremony where the President signed in his signature healthcare reforms into law in March 2010.
And then there was the time he encouraged wheelchair-bound political Chuck Graham to stand up during applause at a campaign rally.
According to Biden he is still deciding whether to run as president in 2016 after dropping a few hints and no outward denials.
He unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1998 and 2008.