Vice President Joe Biden thinks his role can be a “bitch.”
While speaking to a group of students at Harvard University on Thursday night, he joked about his job. A senior, the vice president of the student body, asked Biden a question, to which he responded:
“Ain’t that a bitch? I mean … excuse me, the vice president thing?”
“How do you feel about it now? I’m joking, I’m joking. Best decision I ever made. I’m joking. That was a joke,” Biden quickly added, amid laughter from the crowd.
The vice president, however, isn’t a stranger to off-the-cuff remarks and viral-ready gimmicks. Biden has taken a selfie with President Obama and shared an image of his famous Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses for his first post to Instagram. More recently, he made headlines earlier this month for his hat trick of gaffes. The verbal blunders started with an apology to Jewish groups for using the term “Shylock,” then continued with another faux pas about “the Orient,” before ending with a comment to a group of women that he missed a senator who was almost expelled from his role after allegations of assault.
On Friday, Biden spoke at a “Youth Employment Matters” event, just hours after the new jobs report was released. The U.S. economy added 248,000 jobs in September, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.9% — the lowest level since July 2008. Noting the unemployment rate had dropped below 6%, he said: “That’s a good thing … you can clap for that.”
Biden’s recent visit to Iowa — the first-in-the-nation caucus state — drew speculation about a potential president run in 2016. Biden, a former senator in Delaware, sought the Democratic nomination in 2008, but dropped out after receiving less than 1% of the vote in Iowa. During his recent trip, he said he hasn’t made a definite decision about whether he will run or not, and that his appearance in the Hawkeye State was to focus on the midterm elections.