Biden jokes John Dingell knew to avoid being caught on a hot mic
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBarack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Biden: 'The America I see does not wish to turn our back on the world' MORE quipped Tuesday at the funeral of Rep. John DingellJohn DingellThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears Bill Clinton jokes no one would skip Dingell's funeral: 'Only time' we could get the last word The unlikely legislative duo that joined together on immigration MORE (D-Mich.) that the veteran lawmaker had a talent for avoiding being overheard on live or "hot" microphones.

During a eulogy for the House's longest-serving lawmaker, Biden recalled joking with Dingell during a ceremonial White House event for the signing of the Affordable Care Act in 2010.


"I remember John and I sitting next to President Obama, John sitting next to him, my standing to his right, when we signed the Affordable Care Act," Biden told mourners. "All he does is look up at me and go, 'Almost there.'"

After a brief pause for laughter from the audience, the former vice president made an observation about Dingell's ability to avoid unintentionally broadcasting his private comments during public events, an error Biden has fallen victim to in the past.

"He knew the difference between a hot mic and a cold mic," Biden said, before crossing himself as the audience laughed.

Biden was famously caught on a hot mic during that same ceremony in 2010, when microphones overheard him telling Obama that the passage of the president's signature health care law was a "big f---ing deal."

The former vice president joined current and former members of Congress Tuesday in Michigan for the funeral of Dingell, who died on Thursday at age 92.

"He was a lion of the United States Congress and a loving son, father, husband, grandfather, and friend. He will be remembered for his decades of public service to the people of Southeast Michigan, his razor sharp wit, and a lifetime of dedication to improving the lives of all who walk this earth," read a statement last week from the office of his wife, Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Push for cosponsors for new 'Medicare for all' bill | Court lets Dems defend ObamaCare | Flu season not as severe as last year, CDC says Bill Clinton jokes no one would skip Dingell's funeral: 'Only time' we could get the last word Democrats seek cosponsors for new 'Medicare for all' bill MORE (D-Mich.).