(CNN) — The White House apologized Thursday "if anybody was unduly alarmed" by Vice President Joe Biden's comments that seemed to suggest Americans should avoid air travel or confined spaces of any kind.Of course, that's not what Biden said, nor is it what he meant to say. What he said was that in the case of his own family, he would recommend, "I would tell members of my family -- and I have -- I wouldn't go anywhere in confined places now," Biden said on NBC's "Today" show.. "It's not that it's going to Mexico. It's [that] you're in a confined aircraft. When one person sneezes, it goes all the way through the aircraft. That's me . . ." Silly Americans that we are, apparently there is some danger that we follow the advice Biden gives his own. That's bad for the travel industry. And we are in a recession, by gum. Get out there and SPEND!
"What the vice president meant to say was the same thing that many members have said in the last few days," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said. "And that is, if you feel sick, are exhibiting flu-like symptoms….that you should take precautions, that you should limit your travel."
I don't know if it's good advice. I'm personally not in the habit of taking advice from the Vice President anyway*. But I think it's pretty darned funny that the White House once again** is telling us that we need to believe them rather than our own lying eyes. I think it's even funnier the commenters defending him on various sites who can't figure out a way to avoid the conclusion that either a) Biden is a habitual bumbler, or b) the White House is flat-out lying about what he said.
I suggest that in this case they are both true. And it won't be the last time.
* especially this one.
** remember the bow that didn't happen?