The White House has organised a very energetic and pro-active communications campaign to combat panic over swine flu. For one thing, it is now being rebranded - so that people know it's OK to eat pork - as the H1N1 virus (catchy! Actually catchy is one thing it is, just not in a good way). For another, people are being told that, for the time being at least, life can carry on as normal, as long as you sneeze into your sleeve etc. So far, so calming. But then somebody - somebody - lets Joe the Biden on to the airwaves:
The CDC update came just hours after Vice President Joe Biden said he advised his family to stay off airplanes and subways because of the new swine flu, a remark that forced the vice president's office to backtrack and prompted one airline official to complain about "fear-mongering."
"I would tell members of my family — and I have — that I wouldn't go anywhere in confined places now," Biden said on NBC's TODAY show Thursday.
Attaboy Joe. The girls from The View are NOT HAPPY. Neither, I imagine are quite a few people in the White House.