Top 10 Obama and Biden Gaffes (So Far)

Memorable Gaffes by President Obama and Vice President Biden

A list of verbal gaffes, bloopers, and other embarrassments committed by Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
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Obama Rolls Gutter Ball With Special Olympics Joke

During an appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," President Obama causes a stir by making an off-hand joke comparing his bowling prowess to the Special Olympics.

Speaking to a former Senate colleague who addressed him as "Mr. Vice President," Joe Biden says, "Give me a f**king break." More »
In his first press conference after being elected, Obama says he already spoke with all the living presidents, and then clarifies that by adding, "I didn't want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about doing any seances." More »
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Biden Tells Wheelchair-Bound Man to Stand-Up

While campaigning in Missouri, Joe Biden calls upon State Sen. Chuck Graham to "stand up," despite the fact that he is in a wheelchair.
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Obama Bangs Head Boarding Marine One

President Obama knocks his noggin while turning to wave as he boards his helicopter.
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Biden Can't Count

While campaigning in Ohio, Joe Biden says that "J-O-B-S" is a three-letter word.
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Obama Claims He's Visited 57 States

In a rare but memorable gaffe on the stump, Barack Obama declares at a campaign event in Oregon, "I've now been in 57 states -- I think one left to go."
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Biden Garbles Depression History

Joe Biden gets his historical facts mixed up by claiming that Franklin D. Roosevelt got on television in 1929 to talk about the stock market crash, despite the fact that he wasn't president yet and only experimental TV's were in use at the time.
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Biden Jokes About Roberts' Oath Gaffe

At a swearing-in ceremony for White House staff, Biden jokes about Chief Justice John Roberts' flubbing of Obama's inaugural oath. A visibly irritated Obama nudges Biden in protest.
While campaigning in New Hampshire, Joe Biden admits that Hillary Clinton "might have been a better pick than me." More »
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Bonus Gaffe: Biden Botches Obama's Name

At his first campaign rally with Barack Obama, Joe Biden slips up and calls Obama "Barack America."
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