When Vice President Joe Biden so eloquently distilled the gravity of the moment that President Obama's health care bill became law, uttering, "This is a big f#@%*!g deal," he likely couldn't have imagined the Internet reverberations.
"Average Joe's" comments exploded online.
Didn't he know that applause and chit-chat are not reliable noise filters when you're standing a mere handful of feet from the microphone? You'd think he would have learned the lesson of then-Presidential Candidate George Bush when, in 2000, microphones picked up his voice as he leaned into his running mate Dick Cheney to proclaim, "There's Adam Clymer, major league a----le from the New York Times."
"Yeah, big time," Cheney replied.
But ten years is an entire generation in Internet years.
And as fast as Biden could release the cursing hounds, bloggers, tweeters and spoofers galore corralled them and formulated them into products.
There were Twitter accounts...(A sample tweet: As VPOTUS, J-Biden hasn't slipped up much as people expected. Then again, the wait was well worth it.)
Domain names... (Don't make us spell them out for you!)
And even a word of the day on urbandictionary.com
But it was the tee shirt that got our President's attention.
Mr. Biden told donors at a DNC fundraiser in Baltimore last night that the morning after Biden's bleep, the President told him he wanted to have a tee shirt made with the comments printed across the chest. However, he said he couldn't get it done fast enough.
Someone should have told the President that only a few hours after the VP's slip, you could find both a censored and not-so-censored version of that very tee shirt online at Zazzle.com.
You can pick your favorite color and style. Or, opt for the mug with Biden's face in a wide grin.
Mr. Obama couldn't resist ribbing his deputy, Biden said, telling those attending his morning briefing, "You know what the best thing about yesterday was? Joe's comment."
Biden said he quipped, "If you thought it was so good, why didn't you say it?"
Apparently, Mr. Obama's Press Secretary was equally impressed by the Vice President's ability to articulate the momentousness of the occasion. Gibbs tweeted: "And yes Mr. Vice President, you're right..."
President Obama may have gone with "[I]t is an extraordinary achievement," but that doesn't sound as good on a tee shirt.