The gaffe machine in overdrive.

I can never pass a story that involves Biden and his inexplicable ability to firmly ensconce his lower digits into his oral cavity. Here we go:

Biden's office downplays swine flu warning. (quotes from story in bold text)

The gaffe machine is in full effect; again. I love this guy he has done more for the Conservative cause than could have ever been hoped for. Every time Joe Biden opens his mouth a gaffe falls out. Bad for him and a Godsend for his opposition.

The latest in Biden’s series of oral flatulence came during an interview on NBC’s Today show. Have a look for yourself:

Joe Biden said Thursday he advised his family to stay off airplanes and subways because of the new swine flu, a remark that forced the vice president's office to backtrack and prompted one airline official to complain about "fear-mongering."

The Democrats involved in fear-mongering, it can’t be. I thought this was the exclusive realm of the right-wing conservative extremists? Please papa Joe tell, tell me a story:

"I would tell members of my family — and I have — that I wouldn't go anywhere in confined places now," Biden said on NBC's "Today" show.

Okay here comes the BFO (blinding flash of the obvious):

Biden, who has a reputation for off-the-cuff remarks, went beyond any precautions recommended by the federal government. In discussing his personal advice to his family, he said simply, "That's me."

Noooooo, tell me it’s not true, it can’t be true. Papa Joe saying something that would cause fear and panic among the na├»ve natives?

Within two hours, Biden's office issued a statement backing off the remarks and suggesting he was talking about travel to Mexico.

Ah, there we have it, the hallmark of the Obama/Biden misadministration; the waffle. What was true yesterday may not be true to day and could change again tomorrow. It appears that along with banks and auto manufacturers Obama/Biden have controlling shares in Waffle House as well. I can just picture them asking foreign leaders “would you like syrup and whip cream with that”?

"It's not just going to Mexico, if you're in a confined aircraft and one person sneezes it goes all the way through the aircraft," Biden said on NBC. "That's me. I would not be at this point, if they had another way of transportation, suggesting they ride the subway."

Well, I guess along with his political credentials he is now and epidemiologist. Who knew? Not that I completely disagree with his assessment I think politicians would look cute with those neat little blue masks and in the case of Nancy Pelosi it should be a requirement.

American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith declined to comment directly on the vice president's comments, but said, "To suggest that people not fly at this stage of things is a broad brush stroke bordering on fear mongering."

I’m guessing he’s not to keen on commenting on the misadministration directly for fear of being the next industry to be a ward of the state.

In a statement issued Thursday, Roger Dow, CEO of the U.S. Travel Association said, "Americans should heed the advice of medical experts when determining how best to manage health concerns during the ongoing swine flu outbreak. Elected officials must strike a delicate balance of accurately and adequately informing citizens of health concerns without unduly discouraging travel and other important economic activity."

Let me translate; doctors make medical assessments and politicians should refrain from doing so.

The White House is concerned that Biden's remarks could cause panic and that people may decide not to travel on planes and public transport, NBC's Chuck Todd reported.

I find this line of reasoning a bit disingenuous. Since when has causing a panic or public fear been taboo for this misadministration. They drove the panic to a fever pitch when it served to cram through the porkulus bill; now they have a conscious?

Close the border?
Asked whether the government should close the border with Mexico to try to slow the spread of the flu, Biden told TODAY that health authorities advise that would be impractical because the swine flu has already spread to the U.S. and several other nations.

The acting head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Richard Besser, said he agreed with the Obama administration's sentiment on shutting the border.
He said there could be "negative consequences" to this option for containing the spreading swine flu virus.

Well I actually agree here, they should have shut the border years ago and it would be a moot point. Closing it now would serve no legitimate purpose where limiting the spread of swine flu is concerned, but it would go a long way towards establishing some credibility where immigration is concerned. I’m not holding my breath.

In a completely unrelated story:

No Tamiflu shortages Laboratory testing showed the new virus was treatable by the anti-flu drugs Tamiflu and Relenza, and the first shipments from a federal stockpile arrived Wednesday in New York City and several other locations. The government was shipping to states enough medication to treat 11 million people as a precaution. All states should get their share by May 3.

Hmm, there’s no shortage of Tamiflu or Relenza? It’s almost like they were prepared for this outbreak. I’m just saying.

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