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.
"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."
In an appearance on NBC's Today Show earlier Thursday, Biden said he had urged his family not to go "anywhere in confined places now."
"I would not be, at this point, if they had another way of transportation, (be) suggesting they ride the subway. … So from my perspective, what it relates to is mitigation. If you're out in the middle of a field and someone sneezes, that's one thing, if you're in a closed aircraft or closed container or closed car or closed classroom it's a different thing," he said.
To think I was just praising Barry last week for remaining cool under pressure in his handling of this flu outbreak and his clown pick for a VP gets us all in panic mode by shouting "Oh my God! Don't fly!!!" on national TV. Listen, Dan Quayle deserved all the scorn he got for his idiot "potatoe not potato" verse along with a few other missteps he made while VP. But considering how many flaps his mouth has gotten him into in just over 3 months, only a liberal could make a case that Joe Biden hasn't already proven himself as the dumbest VP ever. Seriously, the man deserves an award in sheer tomfoolery.