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Feeding the Swine-Flu Frenzy

Updated 12:26 p.m.
By Scott Wilson and Ceci Connolly
Vice President Biden may not have received the "caution but don't panic the public" memo.

In a "Today" show interview this morning, host Matt Lauer asked Biden what advice he would give a family member who wanted to jump on a commercial airliner to Mexico, ground zero of the swine flu outbreak.

"I would tell members of my family -- and I have -- I wouldn't go anywhere in confined places now," said Biden, adding that it's not so much the destination as the means of getting there that concerns him.

"You're in a confined aircraft when one person sneezes it goes all the way through the aircraft. That's me. I would not be, at this point, if they had another way of transportation, suggesting they ride the subway," Biden continued. "So from my perspective, what it relates to is mitigation.

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

For a travel industry struggling to hang on in the midst of a severe economic recession, Biden's message may be more terrifying than the flu itself.

During a prime-time news conference last night, President Obama stopped short of urging Americans to head for the middle of a field near you. He said the flu outbreak is "a cause for deep concern, but not panic."

Twice, though, he walked the audience of millions through precautions to take to avoid the flu, including hand washing, covering your mouth when you cough, and staying home from work or school you're not feeling well. He said, "If you are feeling certain flu symptoms, don't get on an airplane. Don't get on any system of public transportation where you're confined and you could potentially spread the virus."

Asked about Biden's warnings to stay off airplanes and subways, Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said today: "This is what we call in public health a teachable moment."

If a person has a fever or flu-like symptoms, they should not travel, Besser advised. However, "I think flying is safe, going on the subway is safe. People should go out and live their lives."

Biden, formerly a daily user of the rail system, later sought to clarify his remarks. A statement issued by his spokeswoman, Elizabeth Alexander, said, "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," the statement said. "This is the advice the Vice President has given family members who are traveling by commercial airline this week."

So much for a clear message.

Tommy Thompson, the Bush administration's health and human services secretary, had similar trouble with the anthrax mail attacks. He speculated early on that the Florida photo editor who was the first person killed by the anthrax mailings may have contracted the illness by drinking from a stream. Not right, it turned out.

By Lexie Verdon  |  April 30, 2009; 10:25 AM ET
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Joe Biden was asked a question and told the truth. Yes, he failed to memorize talking points, but on this, so what?

Those of us with a brain would have done exactly what he said without even hearing his ideas. Joe you still have admirers in the heartland. You are the 'hole" in doughnut that Obama needs.

Posted by: Victoria5 | May 2, 2009 1:53 AM | Report abuse

Just Joe being Joe, unfortunately. He talks to the American public in exactly the same manner as he would to his kids or his next-door neighbor. Charming in a regular-guy kind of way, but neither wise nor prudent, given his current office.

Posted by: lydgate | April 30, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

For the one than do not like the comment of m. Biden I recommend them to visit Mexico this week-end

Posted by: blafouille | April 30, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

The Biden remarks weren't so much untrue as much as unnecessarily alarming. He can make the decision for his own family not to travel or go into "confined" spaces but to make a comment that will frighten an already frightened public is unwise. The current strain of swine flu in the US is extremely similar to the regular human influenza and the usual precautions should be taken, just as Obama stated a few days back.

Honestly what I don't seem to understand is how a virus that has yet to kill an American is seen as a deadly virus on the verge of killing off our population but a virus (human influenza) that kills thousands yearly has had a minute fraction of the press time or widespread panic? I don't see where the motivation for this induced panic lies.

Posted by: doobs1125 | April 30, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Bless his heart. Joe Biden cares about people and he told people how he advised his own family in this possible pandemic situation. I wish he would use a megaphone to get the message across! People who are frail to do not need to be exposed to any flu or illness. I know alot of people who take drugs that mask their symptoms and then go to work--I use to catch home health aids doing this all of the time. What are people thinking!?!?!? It's really unforgivable to expose little children and frail elderly to illness--double shame on those who do.

Posted by: commoner3 | April 30, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Is it really irresponsible for Biden to suggest curbing exposure in confined spaces, when flying on a GOOD day will, more than likely, expose you to unhealthy germs!

Posted by: okemoddo_515 | April 30, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

The USA nation has never encounted to possess such kind of poor minded person to be used as leaders at all!
Hussein Obama is nothing more than an empty tin can which can make more sounds than acting properly! due to his mind is irrelevant in terms of intelligence and logic in oder can be used to make a proper decision that the nation definitely needed!
It is a shame to the nation to choose such worthless person without experience and intelligence and being able to make proper decision!

Posted by: TTT-01 | April 30, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

These both slopy and dumb should never be allowed to act as leaders at all!

Posted by: cestlavie1 | April 30, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

don't you wonder how one gets to biden's position without having learned to think slightly ahead of speaking........this guy is stunning for being a slow learner........makes you wonder at the competence of our political class.......

Posted by: mikepatrick1 | April 30, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Repubicans have their knickers in a knot because Biden spoke "truth" and Republicans are afraid of learning a new "language"

Posted by: PoliticalCommentator | April 30, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Joe Biden is pretty stupid but he is right on this one. Now you need to watch the spin controllers ( President Obama and his Obamanites who don't care if if you live or die as long as they have power....

Posted by: TXSFRED | April 30, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I believe is the media, TV, blogs,the WAPO and other newspapers that are on a feeding frenzy. This is a tempest in a tea cup. The flu, whatever the strain is has always killed people, 36,000 I hear is the average.
There is nothing wrong in Biden advises, they seems sound to me.

Posted by: BFranco | April 30, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Joe Biden is exactly right. If there is an epidemic, you are far more likely to become infected if you are in a crowded place. The uproar is not because he is wrong, but because he upset the people who make money off of transportation. Everybody in America should know by now that corporations are more important than people.

Posted by: juanliberale | April 30, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Why is this news? You want to blame someone for creating a "panic", then blame the 24 hr cable news networks who are breathlessly reporting every case that comes to light. 30K people a year die of the "regular" flu. Can we have some perspective here? Leave Joe alone. His office clarified his remarks- it is over.

Posted by: marSF | April 30, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

These Democrats, pelosi, Biden, Obama, Reid and their ilk really are as stupid as the behave, and that's considerable.
But I'm sure running up a 1.8 trillion dollar deficit is something we can trust them with. LOL

Posted by: lclifton | April 30, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

This message is taken out of context.This appears to be comments from Joe's concerns for his own family, not to the public. As an Aunt,cousin, Mom and Grandma, I would advise my family in same manner. This is not a gaffe..It is Joe's concern for his Family. Folks we need to start listening, as well as dotting the I's.

Posted by: mamamay | April 30, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Remember when John Ashcroft in July of 2001 stopped flying on commercial airlines and when the media asked him why he refused to answer.....and then 2 months later 9/11 happened and 3000 Americans were dead?

Joe Biden said what all Americans are saying and feeling. At least he's talking sensibly instead of refusing to be truthful with the American people like Ashcroft and the Bush Regime did!

Posted by: KayInMaine | April 30, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

All the Obama/Biden disciples are hilarious. They can't even admit when Biden makes dumb comments (which happens A LOT). Quayle makes one gaffe based off of a card given to him and he's an idiot. Biden makes one after another and somehow he's brilliant.

Posted by: Cryos | April 30, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Or, is the WAPO becoming a vehicle for the sore winners to whine and complain about the deluded losers whining and complaining about this Administration?

Posted by: capsfan77 | April 30, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight: you have eleven links to swine flu articles, etc., on your front page right now and one of them is "Biden Feeds Frenzy"? Pot-kettle.

Posted by: capsfan77 | April 30, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

the energy secretary has it.

went to mexico with President Obama 10 days ago or something.....

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 30, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Is the WAPO becoming a vehicle for the deluded (losers!) right to whine and complain about this Administration?

Posted by: BFranco | April 30, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Big Joe has the balls to tell the truth while Obama hides behind his desk not wanting to offend anyone.

Mexico is the epicenter of this epidemic and allowing Mexicans into this country is just crazy. Every hour a jetliner with 150 Mexicans is landing somewhere in this country and some are already infected. All air traffic between Mexico and the United States should be stopped immediately. Obama does not have the guts to do this for fear of offending his Hispanic voter base.

Posted by: MKadyman | April 30, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Biden's safe!

So is Big Gay Al Gore!

The Hot Air rushing out of them vaporize any wussy Super-Bugs that get too close!

Seriously though, this is Serious!

Thanks to Messico's incompetence, or Intentional Actions (They never did like their Indigenous Populations much), this Pandemic is going to exponentially grow!

Now, the REAL question:

To get it early, in the weaker form present here now, get treatments that are still working(Tamiflu), and possibly develop immunity early?

Or, WAIT for a possible Vaccine?

Neither is a great decision!

First choice;

You might NOT get a weak dose! And, you might Not, survive-and even if you do, who is to say you could not be vulnerable to this NEXT scenario anyway?!

The Second Choice (Waiting), could make your exposure against a MUTATED version, much stronger, and resistant to the two Treatments currently working!

Hate to say it, and it seems I am the only one who will (Nothing NEW there!), but this Bug, has "Mutant" written all over it!

The only GOOD thing I can say right now:

Thanks to the latest betrayals of our Government against it's people, and the misery that is my under-employed BROKE, Lost most of, and about to lose the REST, Life;

I really do not fear Death like I should!

The Clowns that have stolen this planet, have DESTROYED my life anyway!

I have to admit, I could welcome NOT seeing any more garbage like Racial Special Treatments, Invasario Rights!, SCHIPs/Welfare for offspring of ILLEGALS!-till 18!, Bail-Outs to Bankers, who are the ONLY People who even have $$$$ these days, Etc., Etc., Ad Nauseum;


Thank God something might have come around to put me out of my Misery!

I just HOPE and PRAY it hits Congress and the White House FIRST!

Posted by: SAINT---The | April 30, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

If one thinks about the real possibilities of getting Swine Flu it is difficult for a rational person to be terrified. We are a nation of 305 million. And we have a 66 confirmed cases of Swine Flu. thats 305,000,000 / 66 = odds are 1 in 4,621,212 you will catch Swine Flu. Its time to be rational and not hysterical. You have better odds of being killed in a car accident than catching swine flu. The only fatality was a small child visiting the US from Mexico City. I am wondering if Joe Biden's terrifying advice to not fly if you're sick will mark the end of airlines and bus lines and maybe even the Cash Cab. Wilson and Connolly creating "news" stories without regard to facts and information. Shameless.

Posted by: mickster1 | April 30, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bigdaddyfat | April 30, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Biden Is Right! I think someone needs to be in a position of authority and do the right thing. It is obvious to me, and many others, that this virus is aggressive and dangerous. Right from the beginning, it had all the characteristics needed to brand it a killer and a traveler. If the schools and businesses and all public congregation would have been closed down immediately, the whole epidemic that is now established could have been nipped in the bud. It's not too late to limit the virility of this noxious microorganism, a mere single strand of DNA, from a worldwide lethal attack on Humanity. It cannot live without live hosts. It cannot be transported without living humans breathing and coughing on each other. A week or two of prohibition of human-to-human congregation still has a chance to keep the death rate low and the contagion minimum. The churches, especially the megachurches, would be dangerous this Sunday and next Sunday. Two weeks of no school, no work and no church should make most people happy, saving lives and preventing illnesses. Biden and Obama need to step up and tell the truth. Government and business leaders need to take the responsibility. Families and individuals need to take the proper precautions and be supported in doing so. Thank you for listening. Thank you Washington Post and its excellent service for letting me state my views. The End. Sincerely, Izzy Sommers, MD, [retired.]

Posted by: canadizzy | April 30, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Republicans greatest fear, and greatest enemy, is truth itself.

Republicans depend on their maxim "perception is reality"

Republicans lie every time they breathe, and appeal to people's greed, jealousy, and racism.

Republicans fear the truth.

That says it all.

Posted by: PoliticalCommentator | April 30, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

You really ought to be kinder to the mentally challenged.

Plagiarist-Joe's brain aneurysm has already done a lot of irreversible damage - just like hussein's extensive drug use. Both are mentally impaired and totally unqualified for any position of responsibility.

So have a heart, WaPo, and treat these two like you would anybody who is incapable of functioning like a fully mentally healthy adult.

Posted by: LoonyLeft | April 30, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

What I love about Joe Biden is that he gives a truthful answer when somebody asks him a question. That's why so many people came to see him speak in the early Democrat primaries. Biden is a well informed guy who doesn't clean up what he says into politically correct b.s.

Just because Joe Biden is Vice President doesn't mean he has to leave his candor truthfulness at the door.

Posted by: Jennifer555 | April 30, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

At least amateur hour at the White House provides some entertainment. On a more serious note, Obama saw Jeremiah Wright and Joe Biden as deep thinkers.

Posted by: alstl | April 30, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm betting Barack wishes Biden would find an "undisclosed location" of his own, go to it, and stay there.

Posted by: mongoose1 | April 30, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Biden is telling the truth, in that telling everyone that we could all die in a Meteor-crash is also telling the truth. He need not contribute to the hysteria when such a situation simply doesn't exist.

How many confirmed cases are there so far? 100? 200? Every year, 30,000 people die of the flu, so calm down.

Biden's problem - he is always looking to comment on any news headline. Biden is the professional politician, taken to an absurd degree. He's a mile wide and 1/8 inch thick. His need to comment on swine flu is typical for Biden.

Posted by: pgr88 | April 30, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again. The Vice President trying to warn citizens of the danger to humanity posed by Manbirdpig.

Posted by: LocalCrank | April 30, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Biden was honest. Shocking, SHOCKING...for a politician.

Posted by: mftill | April 30, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Vice President Biden is certainly not the prime "feeder of the frenzy over swine-flu." That honor resides with the media who have hyped the potential negatives in the story from day one.
The run-of-the mill flu season results in the death of some 30,000 Americans. The swine flu has result in the death on american soil of one person--a visitor from Mexico. Yet it is the swine-flu story that generates the headlines.
And it does this because of the POTENTIAL harm the swine flu may cause as opposed to the the actual or proven harm it has caused.
For the news media to criticize Biden for ineptly doping what the media has done every day for over a week--hype the fear-- borders on the absurd.

Posted by: BartonKeyes | April 30, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Geebignewswow... What the heck ever.

Posted by: mobedda | April 30, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Foot in Mouth Biden- so what else is new? Good thing he now gets to travel in private planes - LOL

Posted by: peterdc | April 30, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

tuesday there were something like 40 deaths.
within 24 hours on wed. - it almost tripled.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 30, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I really wish people would talk more about industrial meat production and pigs.

It's not pretty.

It's not a surprise how a disease can originate from commercial mega-pig farms.

We have lake-sized lagoons of pig waste out east here in North Carolina. That's not a public health hazard?

All this other stuff is smoke and mirrors.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | April 30, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Not sure what purpose his being on "Today" served since his boss was on TV last night. Did this thing change that much while we slept? I know winter was all of a couple of months ago, but isn't this handled the same way we handle other FLUS???

WOW! Talk about doom and glomm. For a party of change, the Dems sure do like to make everything seem bleak. I guess when things get better (because it can't get any worse) they can take credit for it. So we've spent how many billions on Chrysler so they can declare bankruptcy? What a bunch of idiots. Do know how many schools could have been built, how many roads could have been repaired? 3 years and 265 days and counting...

Posted by: Trysthens | April 30, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

it's the H1N1 virus.

Isn't SARS an H1 virus????

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 30, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

As long as the old man has lifted his face out his bowl of navy bean soup to give his family advice in public, he might tell his kids not to snort cocaine in group settings where they can be videographed.

Posted by: nowanna1 | April 30, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Sooo the Biden/Obama haters would rather VP Biden lie to them so they would not feel any discomfort.

After the last eight years you people actually prefer lies to the hard truth, AMAZING!!!

Posted by: knjincvc | April 30, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

LOL! As a Virginia Republican, I just love this guy. Maybe he will campaign for one of the liberal carpet bagger, wanna-be governors this fall. We'll win by a landslide...

Posted by: BlueMax1 | April 30, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

As one of thousands of D.C. commuters who rides the subway because they don't want the hassle of driving and trying to find a parking spot, I hope Joe will be in touch so I can tell him what time his limo and driver should start ferrying me back to forth to work.

Holy cow.

Posted by: swissmiss150 | April 30, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

and this idiot is a heart beat away from the presidency ? say what you might about cheney, at least he had brains and common sense. another fine example of team Obama. I fell so much safer.... achoo, cough cough, sneeze. Opps, better go lock myself up and stay away from people before the health police from HHS and DHS come and take me away !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: upgp46 | April 30, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

The only thing being fed is a big pile of steaming crap by WAPO to the desperate idiots on this board to whine about Biden. Biden did not say anything that didn't make sense. Having contracted colds after being in a confined space of a plane, I agree with his assessment.

Posted by: LABC | April 30, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

opposite scenario:

American People:
Yes, get out of your chairs, get off your couches.
Get out of your bed.
Go to those public places.
Get confined.
Cough and sneeze.
Take a deep breath of that person who just cough. Sit next to him in the subway.
Forget the smokers, you are in trouble now.

And so they do.
because no one, like our VP Joe Biden, came out and told them

Sneeze and cough all over those public places.
Now, go to a confined public place.
Cough and sneeze

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 30, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Although it is probably good advice in a situation where there is a large outbreak, the person giving the advice shouldn't be the vice president. Biden really has a bad case of foot in mouth disease and some one should quarantine him, permanently.

Posted by: hmmmmmer | April 30, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Vice President Robert Langdon

just in time for angels and demons.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 30, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Point is: You are contagious before you feel sick. Why in this country, is the almighty dollar number 1. Stay safe, stay home. Our health care sucks; stay home.

Posted by: linda_521 | April 30, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

No - it's this headline and others like them that are 'feeding the frenzy' with its inflammatory wording.
Finally we have someone in office that speaks his mind and tells the blatant truth - at a time when truth is critically important to the American people, and he gets lambasted for not being PC.
Who is freaking out? The Airline industry and Travel industry that may lose dollars? I guess that is more important than saving lives to them. And I wholly believe that most of those attacking Biden on these board are employed by those industries.

Posted by: Snarkfest | April 30, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

This article and people who are offering negative comments about the VP are stupid. Biden did not conflict with the President or with commen sense: if you do not need to be in a confined space, then do not do so - duh! (The media is overblowing this, and I am surprised at the Wash. Post for such yellow journalism.)

Posted by: YGandB | April 30, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Doofus is too nice a name for the arrogant a__ hole Biden. They should keep him and his big fat mouth in a closet someplace.
It's bad enough that we have to listen to the incompetent in chief mouthing off on television all the time.
What an embarrassment these two clowns are.

Posted by: LarryG62 | April 30, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

This is sick. You guys in the press are so desperate to find something that makes him look gaffe-prone that you take common-sense advice and say that he's "feeding the frenzy." The government has been telling people to avoid travel to Mexico, and that if you're sick to avoid public transit.

So Biden takes it half of half of half one step further and says that he would advise his family to avoid crowded enclosed spaces if possible, and somehow this is supposed to be unclear and off-message? Please.

Posted by: dkp01 | April 30, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

The real worry is not the virus. The wolrd has seen it fair share of virus'. The real concern in my mind is how virus' work. First small animals, fish, prarie dogs and birds, etc., didn't we have one like this a few years back. I think yes. Then virus' then start to effect larger animals, like pigs and other farm animals. The next step in virus' is effecting domestic animals and then after that it's people. So the real concern is how close we are to a huge virus that directly effects people. Watch your pets and pet news, if a lot of dometicated animals start dying from a virus, then people should be really worried. Don't fret too much, mankind always makes it through these things. Virus' are just a natural predator to keep the human population down since there is nothing but ourselves to control such things. Sounds terrible, and I am saddened for anyone who has lost someone close to them from such things, but in the long run, a few thousand deaths from a virus is nothing compared to the billions of people on the planet, not to mention that the numbers of people that die every day from other events such as, car accidents, other flus, murder, war, famine, etc.... have a much higher chance of happening than catching this virus, so far. So any of you who are wearing masks, you also might not want to drive, or leave the house at all.

Posted by: ai3di | April 30, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Once again we are reminded that in Washington, a "gaffe" is telling the truth in public. Vice President Biden was asked what he would tell his family, and he replied honestly.

If you watched the interview live, as I did, his intent seemed to be to turn the original question, one of several "blame Mexico" or even "scapegoat Mexico" questions from Matt Lauer, to a more general focus on what common-sense precautions to take now, rather than finger-pointing at another country.

The problem is that what he went on to say may be good advice for the individual but is not good advice for our economy as a whole. So, better left unsaid. Besides, most people aren't taking optional subway and plane rides, so there's not much they can do to change their behavior in the short run.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | April 30, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

VP Biden is completely correct. The prudent thing to do right now, if you really don't want to get H1N1, is to limit public contact. He also prefaced his comment with the caveat that this "just him" and what he was recommending to his family, which is his right as a free American, correct? I have also been limiting my contact with the public by not taking my usual bus but driving to work, because I really do not want to get H1N1.

Posted by: jvlem | April 30, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

This is no big deal. Biden was just being prudent. Everyone needs to lay off of our vice president.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | April 30, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Biden was right. The President knows it and has to walk a fine line.

We need to change the oath of office.

President Obama and VP Biden, like most Democrats, already tell the truth.

Republicans need to be sworn in to "tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth"

Tue problem is that Repubicans wouldn't know the truth even if it stood right up and got a Black Man elected President.

Like the man said --

"You can't fix 'stupid'"

Posted by: PoliticalCommentator | April 30, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I appreciate Biden's honesty. In a country where corporate profits are more important than people's health and well-being, Biden comes across as an honest maverick. We are not used to hearing the truth because the Bush Administration seldom did so. Instead, Bush always favored and protected his cronies in corporate America, rather than the common man. Biden is to be commended for treating the American people with respect.

Posted by: fridaolay | April 30, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

The Dumb and Dumber show continues!

Posted by: trippermeow | April 30, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

And to think, he is just one flat line heartbeat away from the presidency. Yikes!!

If there was ever a reason to pray for O, this is it.

Two flat lines and we get Nancy P. What a freaking nightmare scenario.

Posted by: jrealty | April 30, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

VP Biden is 100 percent correct! Sick contageous people ride mass transportation all the time, sneezing, weezing hacking and sniffling, not caring one bit about infecting fellow passengers. If you want to minimize your chances of catching this disease, stay off mass transportation unless you are wearing a mask and are carrying and using hand sanitizing solution.

Posted by: dem4life1 | April 30, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

The biggest problem with what Joe Biden said is that he probably is right! I commend him for being honest and not holding his punches.

The airline business is probably not happy. Too bad.

Posted by: pcc7407 | April 30, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I finally understand why Obama picked Biden. After battling Hillary and her machinations within the party for 2 years, Obama wanted a VP so stupid, the guy could never possibly oppose him.

Posted by: pgr88 | April 30, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Biden is a discrace. He makes Dan Quale look like a Professor.

Can't they just keep him away from reporters?

Let's just hope Obama stays healthy until a new VP can get on the ticket in 4 years.

Posted by: RongCapsFan | April 30, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

DOps --

Re: "Taking one for the team"

That's way too much detail for first thing in the morning, bro.

If you like guys, fine. That's your business.

But the image of a Republican having sex is really disgusting.

So please, no more, "taking one for the team"

You guys buggered the US for eight years.

We don't need to be reminded of the fact that you guys are all closet cases.

Posted by: PoliticalCommentator | April 30, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse


Get out there NOW and moderate your remarks yourself before someone does it for you.

Good-natured self-effacement is in order.

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 30, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Joe. I heard about your comments as I was getting on the train this morning -- actually as the train was leaving the station , apparently taking me to my doom.

I haven't felt so reassured by the VP since he let me know that paying more taxes was patriotic for me, but not paying more taxes had no reflection on the patriotism of the other 97% of the country.

I took one for the team then, Joe. And, Patriot that I am, I took another one this morning by feeling duty-bound to sit next to some guy who was coughing and appeared feverish.

If we call Obama POTUS, maybe we should start calling the Veep "Doufus"

Posted by: DOps | April 30, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

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