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Better Than Bushisms?

Vice President Joe Biden, who has a reputation for off-the-cuff remarks, didn’t let us down this year.

January 14

“I know as much or more than Cheney. . . . I’m the most experienced Vice President since anybody.”—Being humble in a New York Times interview

January 21

“My memory is not as good as Justice Roberts, Chief Justice Roberts. . . . Do you have a copy of the oath?” —Swearing in White House staffers a day after Roberts mangled Barack Obama’s swearing-in

April 28

“You Texas guys are ugly as hell, but your women are beautiful.”—Straying off-topic during a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Austin

April 30

“I would tell members of my family—and I have—that I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now.” —Igniting a controversy after he recommended against taking flights or riding subways in light of the swine flu

May 27

“What am I going to tell the President when I tell him his Teleprompter is broken? What will he do then?”—Attempting a dig at President Obama’s dependence on Teleprompters after Biden’s own Teleprompter broke during a Colorado commencement address

June 19

“I didn’t realize I had the press behind me. Did I say anything stupid?”—At a White House “town hall”

July 21

“[They’re] the most beautiful women in the world. That’s my observation.”—Said of Ukraine’s women on his two-day diplomatic tour of the country

September 25

“They’re all doing one heck of a job.”—Echoing President George W. Bush, apparently inadvertently, in praising Georgia flood-response workers

October 22

“The United States is grateful for the circus—service—as well as the sacrifice.” —Thanking Romania’s military

October 29

“Our constituents would rather have us go out and save rattlesnakes in Arizona.”—Recognizing that some of the White House’s decisions, such as bank bailouts, remain unpopular

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