This Week’s Bidenisms

Collecting the vice president’s gaffes and head-slappers.

The vice president did not produce any new Bidenisms this week, but we found two from a speech he gave last month to the good-government group the Committee of Seventy. Please continue to send your nominations (with a link, please) to For more, and our stab at a definition, see “The Complete Bidenisms.”

“It’s great to be back in, as my wife refers to it, Phillies-town. Once you marry an obnoxious Phillies fan, like my wife—God she is insufferable.”—Endearing himself to Philadelphians in a speech at the Committee of Seventy’s annual breakfast, Philadelphia, Nov. 23, 2009.


“Can any one of you tell me an easy way to wean ourselves off [foreign energy] dependence? Can any of you tell me a way to do that without someone being a loser? If you know that, tell me, because I will join Barack as a Nobel Laureate. Matter of fact, I kind of wondered why I wasn’t. That’s a joke. That’s a joke. That’s a joke. Only kidding. Only kidding.”—Poking fun at the Nobel Committee’s surprise decision to award President Obama the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, Philadelphia, Nov. 23, 2009.

Click here to see video of Biden’s comments.