Vice President Joe Biden loves Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But he doesn't "agree with a damn thing you say," the vice president once told Netanyahu, whose nickname is Bibi.
"I signed a picture for Bibi a long time ago—I have a bad habit of, no one ever doubts I mean what I say, sometimes I say all that I mean, though—and I signed a picture a long time for Bibi," Biden told a Washington audience. "He's been a friend for over 30 years. I said 'Bibi I don't agree with a damn thing you say but I love you.'"
Vice President Joe Biden stressed Monday that he and Benjamin Netanyahu are "still buddies" during remarks to the Jewish Federation, less than two weeks after a senior Obama administration official was quoted calling the Israeli prime minister "chickens---"
"You better damn well report to Bibi that we're still buddies," Biden said at the top of his remarks, speaking specifically to Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer, who was in the audience. ("Bibi" is a nickname for Netanyahu.) ...
Biden continued to emphasize that "we really are good friends" and later called him a "great, great friend," though he did not specifically mention the "chickens---" comments.