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VP Joe Biden declares he is "Proud to be president" at Iowa inauguration ball
Lisa Hoffman, Scripps Howard News Service
7:50 AM, Jan 21, 2013
8:44 AM, Jan 21, 2013
From the flub front, this courtesy of Vice President Joe Biden, a politician long known for his gaffes and groaners.
Saturday night, at the Iowa State Society's inauguration ball -- one of scores of unofficial parties that blossom every four years in the shadows of the real things -- Biden told the crowd he was honored to be, yes, "president."
"I'm proud to be president of the United States," said Biden, who some speculated had made a classic Freudian mistake.
Biden corrected himself quickly, but the gaffe made many wonder if he was unconsciously telegraphing his intent to run for president in 2016.
Iowa, as we all know, is a traditionally pivotal primary state, and pundits note the first day of the next presidential race is the first day after a lame-duck president's inauguration.
Did you know Warren G. Harding was the first president to arrive by automobile to his swearing-in? Find out more firsts, as well as a history of the bibles used in the oaths, a Q&A about past inaugurations and photos of past ceremonies at