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Tension Between Obama and Biden

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CBS News — There’s suddenly a lot of talk about possible tension between President Obama and Vice President Biden.

When Biden seemed to break with the president and endorse gay marriage Sunday, he set off Washington’s talking heads. Was it a deliberate signal to the gay community? Or was it just Biden in yet another unscripted moment?

In a speech Tuesday, the vice president addressed his tendency to say whatever’s on his mind. “No one’s ever doubted I mean what I say. The problem is I sometimes say all that I mean,” he conceded, to laughter.

In that speech, to a conference of rabbis in Atlanta, Biden also demonstrated, however, why he’s an effective spokesman for the Obama administration.

But the vice president’s latest off-the-cuff moment showed that he can also be a liability – which is not news to the White House.

He can be exuberant – as he was when the president’s healthcare bill finally passed Congress, whispering to Mr. Obama, “this is a big [expletive] deal!”

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