At the historic signing of theÂ Health Care ReformÂ bill Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden made another perceived gaffe in aÂ long lineÂ of gaffes — heÂ dropped the f-bomb.Â Â In his defense, it was not a blatant use of the f-word, just a sort of overheard soto voce remark onÂ a hot microphone that picked up a little better than expected.Â Vice President Biden hadÂ let the excitement of the moment get to him and as has been a common occurrence throughout his career, saidÂ something that might be considered ill-advised.Â
When introducingÂ President Obama at the signing of the Health Care Refiorm bill at the White House Tuesday, Biden turned to the President to shake his hand.Â He leaned over the President’s right shoulder and whispered excitedly, “This is a big f***ing deal!”Â
And he was absolutlely correct in that estimation.Â The full cost of the measure being signed into law will be nearly a trillion dollars.Â It will provide health care to millions.Â It will affect the day-to-day lives of millions of Americans as well as affect the gross productivity and overall output of workers across the nation.Â It is a big deal.Â
ButÂ what does it mean, this ill-chosen adjective meant for only the President’s ear?Â Why, absolutely nothing.Â It was simply an ill-chosen adjective.Â Â
There is little doubt that Vice President Joe Biden could haveÂ uttered aÂ more socially accepted word or simply left the adjective out of theÂ phrasing altogether.Â Â There will be those who find what he said offensive and without decorum.Â
But it doesn’t matter one iota.Â
In the end, it was just a word.Â The F-bomb — or f-wordÂ –Â is simply a word.Â Its use or the timing of its use,Â whetherÂ considered a gaffe or not,Â will not hinder nor accelerate the Health Care Reform process.Â Its use will not help espediteÂ theÂ new law’sÂ implementation, nor will its utterance give the enemies of theÂ Health Care Reform Law an added advantage in its possible repeal or obviation.Â Â Saying that “this is a big f***ing deal” was really no big deal at all and only those with severelyÂ parochial minds would think otherwise.Â
The big deal was the actual signing of the measure into law.Â Either agree or disagree with its passage, itÂ trulyÂ was an historic moment — Â a really big deal, regardless of the adjective.