Former Vice-President Joe Biden did not agree with former President Barrack Obama swine flu (H1N1) policy one-hundred percent. In 2009, Biden advised his family not to fly in confined places, but Obama advised Americans said Americans who may be sick should avoid airplanes and “any system of public transportation where you’re confined. ” Biden said “I would tell members of my family — and I have — I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now. It’s not that it’s going to Mexico in a confined aircraft where one person sneezes, that goes all the way through the aircraft,” Biden said on NBC’s “Today” show.
“That’s me,” he said. “I would not be, at this point, if they had another way of transportation, suggesting they ride the subway,” he said. “From my perspective, this relates to mitigation. If you’re out in the middle of the field and someone sneezes, that’s one thing. If you’re in a closed aircraft, a closed container, a closed car, a closed classroom, that’s another thing.”
Biden went against the recommendations of medical experts and the CDC. The air travel industry did not agree with Biden’s recommendations in 2009, “Americans should heed the advice of medical experts when determining how best to manage health concerns during the ongoing swine flu outbreak. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and countless other experts, swine flu should not discourage people from traveling to or within the United States,” Roger Dow, president and chief executive of the association, said in the statement.
“Elected officials must strike a delicate balance of accurately and adequately informing citizens of health concerns without unduly discouraging travel and other important economic activity,” added Roger Dow referring to Biden’s ill advise recommendations to the American people.
President Donald J. Trump tweeted “Joe Biden’s handling of the H1N1 Swine Flu was a complete and total disaster. Even polls on the matter were terrible!”
The Democratic Party’s Presidential Candidate Joe Biden continues in 2020 as in 2009 to ill advise the American people on what steps they should take regarding COVID-19. “To suggest that people not fly at this stage of things is a broad-brush stroke bordering on fear-mongering,” American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith told The Associated Press. “The facts of the situation, at this stage anyway, certainly don’t support that.”
The White House attempted to redefine Biden’s comments about the swine flu to prevent a nationwide panic. Then “Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano — tried to temper the vice president’s remarks. “I think the vice president, (referring to Joe Biden), if he had (Biden’s lack of understanding), if he could say that over again he would say if they’re feeling sick they should stay off public transit or confined spaces because that is indeed the advice that we’re giving,” Napolitano said on MSNBC.
Biden was known to provide misinformation to the American people. Then Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, confirmed that Biden often made comments not supported by the facts or experts. Harkin said “I wish the vice president had checked with the Centers for Disease Control … before he made that statement. … As far as not riding on subways or planes, we’re not going to shut down our system and that doesn’t get to the nub of the problem, anyway,” he said on Radio Iowa. “So, I think that’s very unfortunate that this kind of misinformation got out.”
Several Democratic leaders disagreed with Biden’s advice to the American people—including then, Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., –said that “she would not tell her family to stay off planes and public transportation, but would recommend to them the “common-sense” approach, washing hands and covering sneezes or coughs.” Pelosi said that Biden lacked “common-sense” to give advice on how to prevent transmission of the swine flu.
Pelosi did not advocate to close our nation’s economy as she advocates in regards to the COVID-19, but she stated that her family “—are living their lives and, again, practicing common sense, good practices. And so, it’s not a question of not encouraging, not to travel. It’s also a question of encouraging them not to leave home … just because their states … are the most, shall we say, suspicious (crossing the border) in this case,” Pelosi told reporters.
Pelosi recommended that Biden use “common sense” in 2009 contradicts her endorsement of his campaign in 2020 that “Biden offers “hope and courage, values, authenticity and integrity.” She added during her endorsement video that “he’d be a “voice of reason and resilience” amid the coronavirus pandemic.” Biden’s voice during the swine flu was far from “reason and resilience”—it was a voice of misinformation and a lack of common-sense according Pelosi, Dow, and Representative Harkin. Jake Tapper made a side joke about the lack of Biden’s common sense “”Jake, I’m telling you what he meant to say,” he said to laughter.”
Pelosi also cited Biden’s work as President Barack Obama’s vice president during the 2010 health care overhaul and the economic recovery acts after the 2008 financial collapse.
Then President, Obama did not close the economy, as the Democratic Governors have imposed during the coronavirus pandemic. Obama said “This is a cause for deep concern but not panic,” he said. ” If you are sick, stay home. If your child is sick, keep them out of school. If you are feeling certain flu symptoms, don’t get on an airplane. Don’t get on any system of public transportation where you’re confined and you could potentially spread the virus.”
Obama nor did his advisors seek to close the borders as President Trump did immediately to stop the spread of the COVID-19. Obama said that his advisors did not recommend that the “U.S.-Mexico border should be closed. “From their perspective, it would be akin to closing the barn door after the horses are out, because we already have cases here in the United States.” Biden once again, has provided the American people false facts about what actions were taken during the Obama Administration regarding closing the borders during the swine flu. Biden said on MSNBC in 2009 during an interview that closing the borders would be a “massive undertaking” and that no benefit would come from it,” wrote then ABC News reporter’ Jake Tapper.