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Joe Biden Has Some Advice About Microphones


"I'd have been one dead vice president."

US Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a statement before a meeting with Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, at the U.N buffer zone in Ledras palace in the divided capital Nicosia, Thursday, May 22, 2014. Biden is in Cyprus for an official, two-day visit to the ethnically divided island. Biden underscored Cyprus’ potential to become key provider of natural gas to Europe, saying that newly discovered offshore reserves of the fossil fuel represented a unique opportunity for the divided island nation. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias) AP Photo/Petros Karadjias\n

Vice President Joe Biden has a word of advice about microphones: Always assume they're on.

Biden, who famously was caught telling President Barack Obama that passing health care reform was a "big f***ing deal," shared his wisdom with the crowd at the kickoff for the Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge on Monday.


"Piece of advice about that BFD stuff: Assume every microphone is on," Biden said, according to CNN.

The man who introduced Biden at the event had referred to the vice president's enthusiastic 2010 declaration, which even spawned a line of Obama campaign T-shirts.

"I just want you to know, I didn't intentionally say that," Biden said Monday. "I actually turned and I said, 'Mr. President,' and I whispered in his ear. Unfortunately, I was looking in the direction of one guy who could actually read lips — not a joke. Because no one picked it up at the time and one of the reporters read lips. Thank God my mother was gone or I'd have been one dead vice president."

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