The Giants are going all the way!
That sentiment would draw cheers in San Francisco during the baseball season, but when it was shouted by Vice President Joe Biden during a campaign event Wednesday it drew jeers from the crowd.
The vice president, who is well known for his gaffes, mixed up the San Francisco baseball and football teams when trying to cheerlead for the 49ers before their playoff game showdown Sunday against the New York Giants.
Biden, speaking at an event in the Financial District in support of President Barack Obama’s re-election, told supporters that “the Giants are on their way to the Super Bowl.”
When the comment drew boos from the crowd, Biden quickly apologized, saying he was used to talking about the San Francisco Giants’ baseball victories.
The Giants beat the Texas Rangers in 2010 to win the World Series. The team also visited the White House in June 2010 to meet with President Barack Obama and other lawmakers to celebrate the victory.
After the apology from Biden during the Wednesday campaign stop, the vice president clarified that he meant to say “49ers” when referring to the team that would go all the way.
The Niners are playing at Candlestick Park on Sunday against the New York Giants. The 49ers made it to the NFC Championship Game after a stunning last-minute win against the New Orleans Saints last Sunday.
Biden was in the Bay Area with his wife for several campaign stops. The couple was scheduled to meet with several tech leaders Wednesday evening, including the heads of Apple, Google, Yahoo, Netflix and Zynga.
The vice president was scheduled to spend the night in San Francisco before leaving for Reno and Los Angeles on Thursday.
The vice president has a history of misspeaking and confusing facts.
Aug. 23, 2008: During his first rally with Barack Obama, Biden introduced the future president as Barack America.
Sept. 1, 2008: Biden mistakenly says he is running for president, not vice president, during an appearance in Scranton, Pa.
April 30, 2009: Despite Obama telling the nation not to panic about swine flu, Biden says during a TV interview that he would not travel anywhere in confined spaces because of the outbreak.
March 23, 2010: At the historic signing of the health care legislation by Obama, Biden is caught on mike saying, “This is a big f---ing deal!”