Vice President Biden gets panned by the media and "Saturday Night Live" for what he says, and apparently his colleagues at the White House do too. In talking about his role as vice president, he noted he may say something "outrageous," and fellow staff at the White House do "kid" him about it, he said in an interview on MSNBC Thursday.
Biden is known for his verbal gaffes, including an awkward moment the first week he assumed the role where he pointed out Chief Justice John Robert's misspeaking the oath when swearing in President Obama. Obama himself darted his eyes directly to Biden with what appeared to be a very disapproving look. And then there was the day the health care bill was signed into law, and an open microphone caught Biden whispering to Obama that it was a "big f------ deal."
The vice president has played a key role in being the White House liaison in negotiating the tax deal with Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill, emphasizing that he's had decades of experience in the Senate.
He was asked by Andrea Mitchell if he's turned more into a de facto chief of staff, and Biden said that when he was asked to join and describe what his portfolio in that role would be, he said he wanted to be in the room for every decision.