Grapevine: Romney gets ready to rumble

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Until We Meet Again

Joe Biden is at it again making another Saint Patrick's Day gaffe.

The Vice President welcomed Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and his wife to breakfast in an interesting way.


VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: Anyone wearing orange is not welcome in.


BIDEN: Only joking.


He said orange wasn't welcome. Well, orange is often connected to the Protestant or Unionist perspective as opposed to green being Catholic in Ireland.

Both colors are represented on the tri-color Irish flag.

What may have sounded like a joke did not sit well with many.

Quote -- "Foot and mouth again Joe Biden. Prime Minister Kenny that was awkward!!"

Another said -- quote -- "He should carry around a card that says 'only joking.'"

You may remember on Saint Patrick's Day 2010, Biden took a moment to recognize the then-Prime minister's mother.


BIDEN: His mom lived in Long Island for 10 years or so. God rest her soul and...uh...although she's -- wait, your mom is still alive, it was your dad who passed. God Bless her soul.


Still alive.

Pot of gold

Your government wasted $125 billion in improper payments in 2014 -- an increase of $19 billion from the previous year. That's according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

The three biggest offenders were --

Medicare -- with almost $48 billion in waste.

Treasury's earned income tax credit -- posting nearly $18 billion in improper payments.

Health and Human Services also claims the bronze medal -- with Medicaid wasting $17.5 billion.

The White House agrees something needs to be done.

Quote -- "The time has come for a more aggressive strategy to reduce the levels of improper payments."

Ready to Rumble

And finally, Mitt Romney may have decided not to step into the 2016 political ring, but he is stepping into a boxing ring.

The former presidential nominee will tap gloves with the former Heavyweight Champion of the World Evander Holyfield in May.

The measurements show that the former Olympic boxer has the advantage over the former head of the Olympics across the board.

Romney admitted to the Salt Lake Tribune that it won't be much of a fight.

The bout is for a good cause as part of a charity event to provide medical equipment for the poor.