After coming back from a lunch break during Thursday’s health care summit, United States Vice President Joe Biden told a colleague in private conversation that “It’s easy being Vice President. You don’t have to do anything,” according to the Politico
Biden’s comments were overheard on a microphone that was attached to television camera operated by CSPAN
. The microphone then picked up another comment from an unknown person who proceeds to say, “It’s like being the grandpa and not the parent.” Biden replied, “Yeah, that’s it!”
The Times Online
reports that aides to the Vice President have attempted to cover up Biden’s comments by telling the media that Biden was strictly joking, while citing past and future speeches he is set to deliver, including a trip to Iraq.
Spokesperson to the Vice President, Jay Carney, said he was “obviously joking, as any review of his schedule and responsibilities would make abundantly clear.” Carney later added, “In the coming days and weeks, the vice president will deliver a first-year report from the Middle Class Task Force, which he chairs, and travel to the Middle East to meet with key leaders in the region.”
Biden, as One India
notes, has made numerous gaffes in the past such as one in 2008 when he said at an Obama campaign rally that Obama’s top economic priority was a “three letter word: jobs.” Another time the former Presidential candidate told a wheelchair-bound Democratic politician to stand up, “Oh, God love you, what am I talking about. Look, you’re making everyone else stand up.”