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Biden: Isn't it a b****?

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Joe Biden quipped that being a vice president is "a b----"

His comment came at a Harvard University event

Biden quickly told the crowd he was joking and called taking the job the "best decision I ever made"

Washington CNN  — 

Vice President Joe Biden has a colorful take on ranking second.

The latest Bidenism came Thursday night at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, when a questioner introduced himself as the vice president of the student body.

“Isn’t that a b—-?” a smiling Biden said. “I mean … excuse me. The vice president thing.”

Realizing what he’d just said, Biden quickly added: “I’m joking, I’m joking, I’m joking. Best decision I ever made. I’m joking – that was a joke.”

The student told Biden that he hopes he loves being vice president. “I do, actually. I love the guy I work with,” Biden said.

The comment came during a substantive event where Biden discussed free trade deals, foreign policy, the Ebola outbreak, race relations and more.

It’s far from the first time Biden’s off-the-cuff remarks have drawn attention – sometimes unwanted. The most famous example came in 2010, when he whispered to President Barack Obama – close enough for microphones to pick up the comment – that passage of the health care law was “a big f—ing deal.”

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Steve Brusk contributed to this report.