Joe Biden's pretty happy with himself for avoiding any major gaffes recently.

"You know, I'm sort of a gaffe-free zone right now, you know," he told CNN's Ed Henry in an interview airing today.

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Biden's been particularly careful to avoid verbal slips recently. After almost taking a shot at Dick Cheney in a recent interview with reporters, Biden caught himself and backtraked.

"Yeah, yeah, I know. I can see the headline now," he said, according to a pool report. "I’m getting better, guys. I’m getting a little bit better, you know what I mean?" 

Biden's foot-in-mouth disease has caused Obama headaches since the campaign. Just a few weeks before the election, for example, Biden said adversaries of the U.S. would generate an international crisis to test Obama.

"Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy," Biden said. "Remember I said it standing here, if you don't remember anything else I said. Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy."