Joe’s going to get himself in hot water for these remarks on the swine flu this morning on the Today show, though kudos for his bracing honesty. It beats officialdom’s “now is not the time to panic” mantra (when should you ever panic?):
Biden’s office just released the following statement saying he wasn’t going any farther than the official government line:
“On the Today Show this morning the Vice President was asked what he would tell a family member who was considering air travel to Mexico this week. 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. This is the advice the Vice President has given family members who are traveling by commercial airline this week. As the President said just last night, every American should take the same steps you would take to prevent any other flu: keep your hands washed; cover your mouth when you cough; stay home from work if you’re sick; and keep your children home from school if they’re sick.”
You be the judge.
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