I was watching a mesothelioma infomercial last night so missed the whole shebang but...the morning after his boss made his primetime speech addressing the Level 5 swine flu health crisis, Vice President Joe Biden appeared on the "Today" show this morning and did not disappoint those who know him to shoot from the hip:
"I would tell members of my family, and I have, I wouldn't go anywhere in confined places now. It's not that it's going to Mexico, it's 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. "
The vice president also implied that schools should be closed as the threat of swine flu increases.
"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 or closed car or closed classroom it's a different thing."
I wonder if this had happened when he was still proudly traveling on Amtrak every day as a senator, that he would have walked the walk?
Someone somewhere got wind of his comments on the show (no doubt due to Biden's permanent Foot-in-Mouth Damage Control Team) and Biden's spokespeople came out with a semi-clarification:
"The advice he is giving family members is the same advice the administration is giving 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," Biden's spokeswoman, Elizabeth Alexander, said in a statement.
Not exactly. I seem to recall hearing from "the administration" that we should wash our hands and cover our mouths when we cough. Stay home when we or our kids are sick.. WHO has declared this a Level five (out of 6) alert that is a "threat to all humanity"and this is all you guys got? I think I hear the backdoor to universal healthcare opening.
As an aside, if you're getting a funny deja vu here, you're just confusing the president's advice with his previous recommendation that we all inflate our tires to deal with the high cost of gas. We're in good hands.