Vice President Joe Biden, toughened by his years on the mean streets of Scranton and in the coal mines of Wilkes-Barre, went all Sir Robin on us:
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 16 states. His remarks quickly caused a stir, drawing a rebuke from New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and later leading the White House to apologize.
The uproar began when Biden appeared on NBC's "Today" show and said he would advise against riding the subway or taking commercial flights and implied schools should be shuttered amid confirmation of the first swine-flu relation death in the U.S.
The National Associaton of Prison Shower-Room Nancyboys released a statement in response, telling Biden to "quit being such a friggin' pansy".
Seriously - this could still mutate into a bad epidemic. The Spanish Flu of 1918 took one relatively mild pass through the population before it mutated into one of the worst plagues ever to hit mankind, 91 years ago, killing 50 million around the world including hundreds of thousands of Americans.
But we're not there yet, and we won't be for quite some time!
Biden must, indeed, be a living insurance policy on Obama's life.