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The Weblog at The View from the Core - Tue. 09/23/08 04:45:18 PM

The Dipwad from Delaware Murdalizes History

His fellow Democrats in Mainstream Media won't ridicule him for it, though.

In fact, they most likely won't even tell anybody.

Katie Couric interviewed Sen. Joseph Robinette Biden recently; here's a partial transcript, Sep. 22 (ellipses in original):

"Part of what being a leader does is to instill confidence is to demonstrate what he or she knows what they are talking about and to communicating to people ... this is how we can fix this," Biden said. "When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'look, here's what happened.'"

Roosevelt was not elected president until 1932, and didn't become president until 1933. And commercial television was not established in the USA until the 1940s.

Okay, even I had to look up that last fact. Still, nobody had to tell me that Roosevelt was not president when the stock market crashed; and nobody had to tell me that his famous "fireside chats", for instance, were radio broadcasts: lots and lots of American households had a radio during Roosevelt's interminable term of office, but very, very few had a television.

So, Biden made two egregious historical errors in one sentence. Had Sarah Palin done such a thing, she would be laughed out of the country. Biden gets a pass, though, because he's a Democrat.

What's more, nobody at CBS must have realized Biden made a simultaneous double-howler, because it would have been edited out of the piece into oblivion, and we would never have known about it.

On the bright side, Biden is making history: he will have been the last dipwad nominated by a major party for the vice-presidency. He's taught 'em they can't afford such a liability on the loose.

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Tue. 09/23/08 04:45:18 PM
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