During a visit to Seaside Heights, New Jersey, Biden meant to be reassuring in saying that 'you've got a homeboy in the deal who gets it,' though now commentators are jumping on the remark as a racial dig at President Obama.
Looking at the full extent of Biden's brief talk with the crowd, it is unclear whether he was describing himself or the President.
Talking points: Vice President Joe Biden was trying to connect with victims in Seaside Heights, New Jersey saying that he had spent many summers on the beach there
Getting up to speed: Biden said that the victims can rest assured because they've 'got a homeboy in the deal who gets it' though it is unclear whether he meant himself or the President
Earlier in the talk, Biden was saying that as someone who grew up in Delaware, who spent countless summers at the Jersey Shore, he understands what the people lost.
'If you’re not an Easterner it’s hard to understand that the ocean to us is the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone Park and everything else combined. It is a gigantic part of not only our economy but who we are. It’s a gigantic part of the culture as well,' he said.
'And every time the rest of the country is in real trouble, New Jersey and Delaware and New York and Connecticut etcetera we respond, we respond. And it’s going to be a heavy lift.
'These are difficult times in terms of budgets but the president has made it clear that we are going to do everything we can to make sure that the Corps is fully funded, that FEMA has their needs and that all the programs that exist under the auspices of the federal government not only continue to exist but are funded so that we can make sure that this area of the country is fully fully fully restored.
Looking out: Biden, who grew up in Pennsylvania and lived in Delaware, said that Easterners understand the loss that New Jersey suffered as a result of the storm
Taking hold: Biden gripped onto mayor Robert Matthies (left) and victim Kim Samarelli during the trip
'So as the president said when he was up here with the governor, we’re not going anywhere. We’re not not going anywhere. And you’ve got a homeboy in the deal who gets it,' he concluded.
News outlets are confused by the mention as well, with some like Politico concluding that he was referring to himself, saying that the Vice President was the 'homeboy' because he has a personal connection to the Shore.
Conservative news sites like The Drudge Report, The weekly Standard, and The Blaze all come down against Biden on the issue, saying that the vice president was referring to Obama as the 'homeboy' in question.
Biden has a reputation for his frequent gaffes, as he notably forgot the President's name at one point during the re-election campaign.