Every once in a while, a generation of leaders gets a set of problems that are configured in a way that there’s no historical precedent to look back on – other than our grit, other than some courage and determination – to know how to deal with it. The president and I were talking about something yesterday in the Oval Office which, with the press here I’ll not suggest what it was, but the response to the folks who were in the office was, if we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, we stand up there and we make really tough decisions, there’s still a 30 percent chance we’re going to get it wrong.

Joe Biden

At meeting with House Democrats in 2009, when party was facing criticism over $787 billion economic stimulus package, he suggested the White house might be handing the financial crisis “wrong.”