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Mon May 18, 4:17 pm ET
Oh, Joe. Again? Really?
According to Newsweek's Eleanor Clift, Vice President Biden's famously loose lips loosed top-secret info about the location of the VP's secret bunker. (Guess what? It's in the basement of his house.)
In March, Biden replaced President Obama as the main speaker at the annual dinner thrown by the Gridiron Club, an exclusive journalists' club. The swanky dinner is a chance for media types to rub shoulders with top politicians. But this year, Obama became the first president to send his regrets since Grover Cleveland in 1885.
According to Politico, Biden killed it, poking jokes at his boss and Calif. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's speech, saying he could "hardly wait for the English translation."
But during dinner, Biden — who's got his very own "Gaffe-o-meter" over at The New Republic — proved once again his terminal case of Foot-in-Mouth Disease. Clift blogged over the weekend that Biden told his dinner mates the location of the secret bunker, where former Vice President Dick Cheney is believed to have retreated after the September 11 attacks:
"... a young naval officer giving [Biden] a tour of the residence showed him the hideaway, which is behind a massive steel door secured by an elaborate lock with a narrow connecting hallway lined with shelves filled with communications equipment."
(Oops. Did I say that out loud?) Today, the vice-president's spokeswoman issued a statement, refuting Clift's claim, saying that no classified information was revealed:
"What the Vice President described in his comments was not — as some press reports have suggested — an underground facility, but rather, an upstairs workspace in the residence, which he understood was frequently used by Vice President Cheney and his aides. That workspace was converted into an upstairs guest room when the Bidens moved into the residence. There was no disclosure of classified information."
See? He was talking about his upstairs office, not a super-secret underground bunker. Totally different.
Luckily, Biden's boss thinks his inability to keep things close to the vest is endearing. At the White House Correspondents Dinner earlier this month, Obama likened his VP to a big, cute puppy. That needs a tight leash: