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When Biden Explained His Comment about 'Clean' Obama -- on 'The Daily Show'

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When Biden Explained His Comment about 'Clean' Obama -- on 'The Daily Show'

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Who can forget that day in January 2007 when Sen. Joseph Biden offered his infamous quip about "the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy." He was referring to the man who is, as of today, his new boss, Barack Obama.

But by now, you have surely forgotten that this took place on the very day Biden announced his race for president, the reporter who received it was from the New York Observer -- and that Biden appeared that night on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart.

There he said (as we chronicled at the time) that he was simply trying to be "complimentary" toward Sen. Barack Obama, but wasn't "artful" in doing so. He told Stewart that the "word that really got me in trouble" was calling Obama "clean....I should have said fresh. What I meant was he's got new ideas."

He said he had called already Obama , to which Stewart said, "I bet you did." Biden then said he also called former candidates Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, to which Stewart added: "And Michael Jordan? …

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