gaffe also gaff
1. A clumsy social error; a faux pas: "The excursion had in his eyes been a monstrous gaffe, a breach of sensibility and good taste" (Mary McCarthy).
2. A blatant mistake or misjudgment.
1. The act of provoking or inciting.
2. Something that provokes.
You be the judge! Personally I don't care, though I suspect that Joe just tripped over his tongue again. Either way, it was poor wording... but not being a very PC person, I don't much care about that either. What I do care about it the double standard that would have resulted in outrage and accusations of racism had Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan fallen victim to a similar tongue malfunction. Such is life, this may never change... but change of a different sort IS comin'... in 83 days!