Biden: 'SOB' Saddam 'Rolling Over in His Grave'

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2009 12:22 PM CDT
Joe Biden, right, talks with his son, U.S. Army Capt. Beau Biden, at Camp Victory on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, July 4, 2009.   (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed, Pool)
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(Newser) – Joe Biden presided over a huge naturalization ceremony in Baghdad today, CNN reports, as 237 US service members became American citizens. “We did it in Saddam’s palace,” Biden said, “and I can think of nothing better. That SOB is rolling over in his grave right now.” Biden called the newcomers the “lifeblood” of the country, adding, “there’s always room for more.”

“As corny as it sounds, damn I’m proud to be an American,” he said. “Thanks for choosing us. You are the reason America is strong.” Gen. Ray Odierno also spoke. He referenced the famous inscription on the Statue of Liberty but added, “to be honest I’m not sure it's applicable to this group. ... I don’t see them in terms of tired, poor, or huddled.”