Friday, May 1, 2009


SAN DIEGO, California (CNN) -- The Obama administration forgot the first rule in a crisis: Never send Vice President Joe Biden to calm people's fears.

During a television interview Thursday, Biden had a recurrence of his trademark foot-in-mouth disease when he said he had warned members of his own family that -- while some people are steering clear of Mexico -- they should be extra cautious and not get on airplanes altogether or, for that matter, go into any "confined places" where germs could spread.

"If you're out in the middle of a field and someone sneezes, that's one thing," Biden said. "If you're in a closed aircraft or closed container or closed car or closed classroom, it's a different thing."


Now we might have suspected Biden to be a bit of a media misfit back during the campaign, with his "Obama will be tested" and "I have three words for you: J..O..B..S..". But nobody expected it would be THIS bad. Please, nobody tell Biden there's a fire in the theater, heck don't even light a match. He'd cause a raging panic.

(cont from CNN)
You don't know whether to laugh or cry. Recognizing that Biden could create a panic and cripple the airline industry, Biden spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander went into damage control mode and put out a statement that read, "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."

How sad. That's not what Biden said. His comments weren't limited to Mexico, and he wasn't talking about what people should do "if they are sick." It was about what you should do if someone else is sick. So, the administration's response initially was basically, "Are you going to believe us or your own lying ears?"

The White House later apologized "if anybody was unduly alarmed" by Biden's comments, and press secretary Robert Gibbs tried to explain what Biden "meant to say."


What Biden "meant to say". Yeah, we've heard that before. Whether you like Obama, loathe him, are waiting to see what happens, or just think that he makes a cool t-shirt, whatever your position on Obama is, I think we can all agree on one thing...

Don't let Biden talk...EVER!

(here's the link)


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