Vice president Joe Biden said today he would tell his family members not to use subways in the U.S. as the swine flu outbreak spread to 11 states and forced school closures amid confirmation of the first U.S. death.
“I would not be at this point … [be] suggesting they ride the subway,” Biden said when asked whether he would advise family members to use public transportation.
Biden made his comments during a brief interview on NBC’s “Today” show during an interview with Matt Lauer.
The vice president said if one person sneezes on a plane “it goes all the way through the aircraft.”
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Biden said the advice to his family differs from that of the federal government’s to the public because, “That’s me.”
After the interview, co-host Meredith Vieira and NBC’s Chuck Todd discussed Biden’s statement, wondering if the vice president really had intended to caution the American public to stay off public transportation and airplanes. They noted his comments seemed to contradict public statements by other high-ranked White House officials.
In California, dozens of Marines were confined Wednesday after one came down with the disease. Some 100 schools were closed, and more might need to be shut down temporarily.
President Barack Obama pledged “great vigilance” in dealing with the situation as the total confirmed cases in the U.S. rose to nearly 100, with many more suspected.
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We at Peace and Freedom think its time, past time, for President Obama to tell Biden: “Use the Teleprompter, Stupid.” Then he needs to fire the head of his military office that scheduled Air Force One to buzz New Yorkers. Then he needs to tell Americans, “Don’t listen to me and Joe about the flu. Listen to experts and your Mom.”
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