06/01/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

"Air Force Two Joe" Advises Americans to Stay off Planes and Trains

Those "100 Days" analyzes have focused on the President and, to a lesser degree, on the First Lady. The Vice President has been outside that loop. Had an objective journalist undertaken the task much of it would have been embarrassing -- the verbal gaffes, the bad jokes, Biden's comical cascade of bizarre outbursts.

On the other hand, just as the 100-day mark hit, Biden would have had a huge accomplishment to celebrate: Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter switched from the Republicans to the Democrats. The credit, according to most news analyzes, went to Joe Biden.

Before Jill and Joe Biden moved to the Vice President's official resident at the Naval Observatory up in lovely northwest Washington, he and Specter frequently rode the commuter rails together. The longtime Senator from Delaware, such a regular on the Amtrak train between Washington and his family's home in Wilmington that he was nicknamed "Amtrak Joe," and the longtime Senator from Pennsylvania often sat together. So they were friends and Biden was on the telephone and in face-to- face meetings with Specter scores of times before Specter decided to change parties.

Two days later came Biden's appearance on the NBC "Today Show." Ask by Matt Lauer about the Swine Flu, Biden offered to millions of "Today Show" and YouTube viewers the precautions he would give his own family:

I wouldn't go anywhere in confined places now. If you're out in the middle of a field and someone sneezes, that's one thing. If you're in a closed aircraft, a closed container, a closed car, a closed classroom, it's a different thing....It's not just going to Mexico, if you're in a confined aircraft and one person sneezes it goes all the way through the aircraft.

Before he was done, Biden also added subways to the list of places to avoid.

Which just goes to show a couple of things: Joe still doesn't think before he talks and, has forgotten the way most Americans live. He has the services of Air Force Two so he doesn't have to worry nearly as much about a sneeze propelling germs down the aisle. Subways or commuter trains? No worry there either. He has a driver to shuttle him and his family around. He doesn't need the Metro, the bright, clean Washington subway, much less New York's much older, darker, more crowded and complicated system.

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