April 30th, 2009 by admin


Democrats hustled to temper Vice President Joe Biden’s comments today that he would advise his family to avoid flying or being in confined spaces because of concerns about swine flu, a comment that drew criticism from the travel industry.

At a news conference Wednesday evening, President Obama said Americans who may be sick should avoid airplanes and “any system of public transportation where you’re confined,” but the vice president today took it one step further.

“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 in a confined aircraft where one person sneezes, that goes all the way through the aircraft,” Biden said on NBC’s “Today” show.

“That’s me,” he said.

“I would not be, at this point, if they had another way of transportation, suggesting they ride the subway,” he said. “From my perspective, this relates to mitigation. If you’re out in the middle of the field and someone sneezes, that’s one thing. If you’re in a closed aircraft, a closed container, a closed car, a closed classroom, that’s another thing.”

Biden’s comments came just hours before the White House announced that a Department of Energy official who had traveled to Mexico City with Secretary Energy Chu exhibited flu-like symptoms upon his return, but tested negative for the swine flu. However, his wife, son and nephew tested positive for the virus, and have now recovered.

The White House shot down concerns that the president or any other immediate members of his staff may be impacted. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the individual did not come within six feet of Obama but was present at a dinner with him and did come into contact with Chu.

Gibbs added that about 10 staffers who were on the Mexico City trip with Obama consulted doctors for flu-like symptoms, but none of them tested positive for the swine flu.


3 Responses

  1. Common Sense

    That mentally deranged nut job makes Palin seem like a Mensa member. The reason we’re in this mess is because these
    communist/nazi democrats boss hogged there way to saying no to investigations 11 TIMES!! Keep on goose stepping.

  2. Roy

    It’s h1n1 influenza not swine flu. Pigs are ok.

  3. wade

    Dear common stupidity there is nothing to fear but fear itself the dems or the rep are not to blame we are for being afraid of everything the gov loves you to fear weather its flue muslims or your own shadow as long as you are afraid they aren’t rep dem what’s the difference its like shooting yourself in the head to cure a head ache sucks either way

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