. . .is Joe Biden’s unscripted mouth on the Today Show:
Vice president Joe Biden said today he would tell his family members not to use subways in the U.S. and implied schools should be shuttered as the swine flu outbreak spread to 11 states and forced school closures amid confirmation of the first U.S. death.
“I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now,” Biden said when asked whether he would advise family members to use public transportation.
“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.”
In other words, the only thing to do is panic? Since Congress is a “confined” space, maybe they should go home early, too. At least that would save the taxpayers a few billion dollars.
Janet Napolitano tries to give the veep an unearned do-over here.