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Oops… its ANOTHER Biden blunder: Vice President unwittingly reveals cover of codeword-classified document

By  Simon Tomlinson

PUBLISHED: 07:08 EST, 2  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 07:45 EST, 2 October 2013

He’s well known for his verbal gaffes – now  Joe Biden is in the spotlight for making a visual one.

The U.S. Vice President accidentally revealed  the cover of a classified document for the world to see while standing  absent-mindedly at a press event on Monday.

In a photograph published by AFP/Getty  Images, the binder clearly shows the title ‘Codeword: Classified Document’  emblazoned across it. Below that, it said ‘Vice President’.

Absent-minded: Vice President Joe Biden appears to be daydreaming as he reveals the front cover of a classified document during a press event at the White House on Monday 

Absent-minded: Vice President Joe Biden appears to be  daydreaming as he reveals the front cover of a classified document during a  press event at the White House on Monday

Gaffe: In a photograph published by AFP/Getty Images, the binder clearly shows the title 'Codeword: Classified Document' emblazoned across it 

Gaffe: In a photograph published by AFP/Getty Images,  the binder clearly shows the title ‘Codeword: Classified Document’ emblazoned  across it

 

 

The contents of the folder, however, could  not be seen in the picture.

Biden had been holding talks with President  Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office over Iran  and Syria, the White House told The New York  Post.

Biden’s gaffes are numerous and legendary in  political circles.

In November last year, during a visit to  Seaside Heights, New Jersey, after Hurricane Sandy, he meant to be reassuring in  saying that ‘you’ve got a homeboy in the deal who gets it’ when referring to  Barack Obama.

Talking points: Vice President Joe Biden meant to be reassuring by saying that the victims of Hurricane Sandy had 'homeboy' Barack Obama to help them, but some took it to be a racial remark 

Talking points: Vice President Joe Biden meant to be  reassuring by saying that the victims of Hurricane Sandy had ‘homeboy’ Barack  Obama to help them, but some took it to be a racial remark

J-O-B-S is a three-letter word? Biden made that gaffe in Athens, Ohio on October 15, 2008 

J-O-B-S is a three-letter word? Biden made that gaffe in  Athens, Ohio on October 15, 2008

But commentators quickly jumped on the remark  as a racial dig at the President.

On a previous stop on the campaign trail in  Ohio last year, Biden complained to an audience in the town of Marion about  television ads ‘here in Iowa’. In Danville, Virginia, he declared: ‘We can win  North Carolina!’

In an Ohio campaign speech, Biden once  criticised then-GOP presidential candidate Senator John McCain for what he  called a ‘last-minute economic plan’ that did ‘nothing to tackle the number-one  job facing the middle class.’

He added: ‘It happens to be, as Barack says,  a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S, jobs.’

And in 2010 he noted that Irish Prime  Minister Brian Cowen’s mother had ‘lived in Long Island for ten years or so’  before her death.

‘God rest her soul,’ Biden said somberly,  before realising that  ‘wait – your mom’s still … your mom’s still alive.  Your dad passed. God bless her soul.

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