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Biden's Oath Joke Doesn't Amuse Obama

VP pokes fun at Chief Justice Roberts

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    Do I amuse you? President Barack Obama didn't find Vice President Joe Biden's chief justice quip very funny.

    The oath of office flub on Inauguration Day led to an awkward moment Wednesday between President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden.

    Obama asked Biden to swear in senior members of the White House staff during a press conference Wednesday. 

    Obama Doesn't Find Biden's Joke Funny

    [NEWSC] Obama Doesn't Find Biden's Joke Funny
    Grimace and bear it President Obama. Your gaffe-prone vice president will probably spend four years bombing at comedy attempts, as he Wednesday when mocking Chief Justice Roberts. The president did not seem amused at Biden's lame attempt at oath-of-office humor. (Published Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009)

    Biden may have had a senior moment instead, forgetting momentarily what he was supposed to do.

    Obama:  Joe, you want to administer the oath?

    Biden:  Am I doing this again?  Oh!  For the senior staff.  My memory's not as good as Justice Roberts' ... Chief Justice Roberts.

    Obama, not looking amused, gave Biden a tap on his back with his right hand in an attempt to get his VP back on track.

    The oath then took place without any more incidents, but Biden did get some laughs from staffers and the press corps.