A lesson in history by Joe Biden

Thank God – or thank Darwin in case you’re a liberal – that we have Joe Biden in this year’s election campaign. God and Darwin know we need the humor what with the acrimony, accusations, and allegations being thrown back and forth between Obama and McCain.

I don’t care if you’re a Republican, a Democrat, or call yourself an Independent, you gotta’ love Joe Biden.

Speaking to Katie Couric on CBS Evening News this week about the current turmoil on Wall Street, Joe Biden said: 

“Part of what a leader does is instill confidence, to demonstrate that he or she knows what they’re talking about…when the stock market crashed [in 1929], Franklin Roosevelt got on television and didn’t just talk about, you know, the princes of greed, he said, “Look, here’s what happened…”

There are just a couple of “minor” problems with that statement. Franklin Roosevelt wasn’t president in 1929. Herbert Hoover was. Roosevelt didn’t take office until January 1933. And of course there was no television in 1929. I believe the first president to make a televised presidential speech was Harry Truman in 1947 – 18 years later.

Don’t worry though, Joe. I’m sure if Roosevelt had been president in 1929 and television had been commercially available then, he would have said those very words.

 It’s a good thing something that silly was said by gaffe-prone Joe Biden. Can you imagine the uproar from the media if that had been Sara Palin?

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