President Obama’s spokesman today joked about Vice President Joe Biden’s most famous rhetorical tic while emphasizing the administration’s position on gun control policies.

“The president, to paraphrase the vice president, could literally not have been any clearer,” about his support for the assault weapons ban, according to Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest. “The president certainly supports an assault weapons ban,” he previously noted.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., escaped criticism for dropping the assault weapons ban from the full gun violence bill because he is letting the ban receive a vote as an amendment, where it will almost certainly fail.

“There was a clear indication that this [ban] would be something that would get a vote in the Senate,” Earnest said.