Joe Biden on Coronavirus, Ebola and (Not) Swine Flu

Thomas Jefferson

My fellow Americans –

Another presidential election year is upon us! I saw one of the Democratic candidates, Sleepy Joe Biden, on the television talking about the current coronavirus outbreak with Jake Tapper, who asked him, “What, if anything, do you think you would be doing differently if you were president right now?”

“I know what I would have done differently,” Biden exclaimed. “What we did in the Ebola crisis!”

(The 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak was in Western Africa. The heroes of that story were the medical workers who actually went to Africa at the risk of their own lives to combat it.)

Because Tapper, like the rest of the CNN punchinellos, is a Democratic water carrier, he refrained from expressing any astonishment regarding the irrelevance of the Ebola crisis, and also refrained from asking what would have been an obvious and good follow-up question:

“According to the CDC, in the 2009 H1N1 outbreak, also known as the swine flu, approximately 60.8 million Americans contracted the disease and 12,469 of them died. That number is an approximation and the actual number may be more than 18,000. How would you grade your handling of the H1N1 outbreak?”

Thomas Jefferson

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