Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hot Air Biden

This is what my all-time favorite Vice-President Joe Bidumb said this morning on The Today Show.
“I would tell members of my family – and I have – I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now,” Biden said on NBC’s “Today” show.. “It’s not that it’s going to Mexico. It’s [that] you’re in a confined aircraft. When one person sneezes, it goes all the way through the aircraft. That’s me. …

“So, from my perspective, what it relates to is mitigation. If you’re out in the middle of a field when someone sneezes, that’s one thing. If you’re in a closed aircraft or closed container or closed car or closed classroom, it’s a different thing.”
Thank you, Mr. Science.

Now, here's the correction from the White House about an hour later.
“On the Today Show this morning the Vice President was asked what he would tell a family member who was considering air travel to Mexico this week. The advice he is giving family members is the same advice the Administration is giving to all Americans: that they should avoid unnecessary air travel to and from Mexico. If they are sick, they should avoid airplanes and other confined public spaces, such as subways. This is the advice the Vice President has given family members who are traveling by commercial airline this week. As the President said just last night, every American should take the same steps you would take to prevent any other flu: keep your hands washed; cover your mouth when you cough; stay home from work if you're sick; and keep your children home from school if they're sick.”
It's moments like this when I really despise politicians. What's more important? The health of the American people or the health of the airline industry?

Is it really safe for us to board a "confined aircraft" or have the lobbyists convinced the new administration that jobs are more important than lives?

Give it to us straight! We can take it!

At this point, I don't fully believe the swine flu is the potential pandemic that some scientists predict. But, then again, unlike the VP, I don't have access to the CDC data. I fear millions of people will die because the White House told folks not to cancel their vacations.

Yes, his kind of talk can create panic but should we be panicking? Is the Vice-President suffering from foot-in-mouth disease or, for the first time, does he actually know what he's talking about?

I'm boarding a plane on May 14. At least I know I won't be sitting next to any members of the Biden family.


Dirty Ert said...

Really good post. I know little about this flu and its doings. But I do know about confined spaces in Mexico. I was once trapped in a dune buggy. It was very confined. I was also covered in cow manure. That's when the cows started mocking me. Mexican cows are very rude. I learned one thing while I was trapped under a turned over dune buggy, covered with crap, lost in the mountains of Mexico - Blue Tequila makes cows talk.

Reaganite Republican Resistance said...

Biden is a dangerous fool- his advice and a quarter will get you a cup of coffee at 7-11 (small).
He has been on the wrong side of history forever, so his DNC-vaunted “experience” has little value… he doesn’t appear to have learned a thing.
Like Obama, he vehemently opposed the highly-successful Iraq “Surge” strategy- instead, Biden favored surrender and came-up with a harebrained proposal to split the country 3-ways.

The reality is that if the current administration was in-charge 4 years ago, Iraq today would be an Al Qaida Caliphate that makes Kabul of 2001 look like Disneyland.
Biden opposed every element of Reagan’s defense buildup that toppled the USSR as “dangerous”- and opposed the first Gulf war, which would have allowed Sadam to keep Kuwait and control a large chunk of the world’s oil supplies.
In the 1987 presidential primaries, he not only plaguerized British Labor leader Neil Kinnock’s speeches wholesale… but actually co-opted his entire life story, falsely claiming to have been the “first in his family to go to college” and a “coal-miner’s son”… when in fact Biden’s father was a car salesman (no surprise there, Biden looks like one too).
Joey Plugs often says things that betray a major disconnect with reality– best chain him to a telemprompter every time he heads-out the door.

Traci Skene said...

WASHINGTON (AP) - One day after saying he wouldn't travel in tight quarters because of the swine flu scare, Vice President Joe Biden rode a train Friday from Washington to Delaware.