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New York - NY Post Letter To Jo Biden: You Don't Like Confined Spaces Then Don't Come Here Ever Again

Published on: May 1, 2009 12:44 PM
By:  NY Post
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Dear Mr. Vice President,

If you’re so concerned about the health of New Yorkers, do us a favor and cover your mouth before you talk again.

We’re all a little uneasy about swine flu—and for good reason—but your suggestion that straphangers cut up their MetroCards and cower in their apartments is reckless and stupid, damaging to our economy and our psyche.

This is the city that never sweats, at least not the small stuff. If Osama bin Laden couldn’t keep us from riding the subway after 9/11, Porky Pig certainly isn’t going to now.

You say you don’t like confined spaces, like airplanes. Fine—don’t get on one and come here ever again.

But if you do, here’s a MetroCard so you can take the subway or the bus—just like 7 million of us do every day, through good times and bad. Squished up against each other, we may give up our privacy, and even a little bit of our dignity, but we do it with pride and resolve.

We’ve done it for 105 years now, through far worse epidemics than this.

Yes, the subway we love to hate is a breeding ground for entire civilizations of germs and bacteria.

But after riding the Lexington Avenue line during rush hour, our hands are still cleaner than yours are after spending just a single minute in the seedy backrooms of Washington.

On Monday, a showboating Air Force One made half the city duck and cover, bringing back memories of our darkest day.

But yesterday, Gaffe Force Two (that’d be you, Joe took a shot at our economic backbone.

You and the president claim you want to stimulate the economy. But this week, you sent people fleeing from their desks in the middle of the workday and then urged them to stay home for good.

You campaigned as a proponent of mass transit. But your remarks could generate mass hysteria.

We didn’t ask for your two cents, and our subway turnstiles don’t want your two bucks.

As we say in New York: Flu you, Joe. And the pig you rode in on.

Yours truly,

The New York Post staff


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 May 01, 2009 at 12:58 PM Happy Man Says:

Wow! that's really sharp.

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 May 01, 2009 at 12:54 PM jay Says:

Hahahahaha. This is so funny and a good response for this big mouth Biden! But I think maybe a bit to harsh from a newspaper, but hey we play the game you play ;)

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 May 01, 2009 at 12:48 PM Anonymous Says:

Awesome! Nothing like a good comeback. It's like brain candy.

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 May 01, 2009 at 12:48 PM NY NY Says:

Yes finally the news reports something true on those idiots !!! (So is Rush Right now or what?!!

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 May 01, 2009 at 01:22 PM Chaim B. Says:

Good written,

I hope this swine will reas this !!!

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 May 01, 2009 at 02:09 PM Go on your own NY Says:

Its time to disengage from the union. This White House and Govermant will bankrupt all of us. The are a bunch of morons.

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 May 01, 2009 at 01:41 PM bigwheeel Says:

Reply to #5  
Chaim B. Says:

Good written,

I hope this swine will reas this !!!

...He (the VP) is no swine for saying what he did. Let's not blow this out of proportion. All he meant to say is that it's best to stay away from crowded, confined places. If the NY Post uses hyperbole, it's fine. That's their job. How else would they boost circulation, or keep it from shrinking. Sensationalism is fine when it comes to selling newspapers, but it has nothing to do with reality!!!

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 May 01, 2009 at 01:32 PM PMO Says:

Too funny... I was loving reading this until a story popped up on Fox News.... a plane from Germany arrived with at least one person displaying flu-like symptoms....If someone has it on a plane, it is very likely that half the plane was infected.

I must admit, while I think Biden is a babbling idiot, there is SOME truth in what he is saying here....

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 May 01, 2009 at 01:31 PM Anonymous Says:

this is amazing, but as we say you cant tkae the heat then dont go into the kitchen good luck mr. biden

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 May 01, 2009 at 01:28 PM m Says:

wow! very well said.ny post you did a good job shtuching out the joe biden!

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 May 01, 2009 at 01:27 PM lack of respect Says:

Mr. Biden deserves criticism for his remarks, but he is due the respect bestowed upon him by virtue of his office.

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 May 01, 2009 at 01:18 PM Anonymous Says:

Wow wow this is something!

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 May 01, 2009 at 01:15 PM Anonymous Says:

this is childish

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 May 01, 2009 at 01:03 PM Dovid Says:

Usually I agree with the NY Post and I dislike Biden, but this time I think Biden is right. Obviously he knows something that we are not being told if he went and told his family to stay out of planes and trains. Biden is a guy who commuted to Washington from his house in Delaware on Amtrak, so he knows from trains.

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 May 01, 2009 at 12:02 PM Gevaldig Says:

Gevaldige letter & lets see what he says next.....

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 May 01, 2009 at 12:01 PM Anonymous Says:

very well said!! instead of swine flu he has foot in mouth! everytime he opens his mouth he puts his foot in it! do us a favor joe keep ur opinion to urself!

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 May 01, 2009 at 12:00 PM Anonymous Says:

very well said!! instead of swine flu he has foot in mouth! everytime he opens his mouth he puts his foot in it! do us a favor joe keep ur opinion to urself!

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 May 01, 2009 at 02:59 PM Bobbi Says:

Well it's not the first time Biden said a gaffe, and I don't take his comments too seriously. He reminds me of an old uncle, who says whatever comes out of his month. Joe take a nap...okay?
The letter from the NY Post is typical New Yorkersque, but I won't say we take the subway with pride. We're definitely resolve when we have to take the subway or bus, but New Yorkers are also determined because at the end of their destination is a paycheck.

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 May 01, 2009 at 05:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
PMO Says:

Too funny... I was loving reading this until a story popped up on Fox News.... a plane from Germany arrived with at least one person displaying flu-like symptoms....If someone has it on a plane, it is very likely that half the plane was infected.

I must admit, while I think Biden is a babbling idiot, there is SOME truth in what he is saying here....

That is exactly the reason Biden messed up. Many people cough and many people overreact especially when scared upon. If this would be an issue of health safety then it would be up to the Health Dept. to notify the public not the VP. And if he had a personal opinion for his family, keep it between yourself and your family. Mr. Biden may have frequented the Amtrak, but he's still out of touch and not facing reality. Can you imagine the people strike the subway for one day what an impact it will have on our economy. And if he knows what he says, why not release an official statement, I thought we'll see transparancy. He's a schmuck from day one and now we know how great Former VP Cheney was.

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 May 01, 2009 at 05:20 PM confused kid Says:

Reply to #1  
Happy Man Says:

Wow! that's really sharp.

I don't think they had send that letter
They might off typed it up. But I would say it stayed in NY POST OFFICE. Its not appropiate to a VP

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 May 01, 2009 at 03:44 PM Avrohom Abba Says:

Attention New York Post!!!
I love you!
However, I certainly hate The New York Abu Graive Waterboarding Times because it is a fading, disintegrating, commie, hate America rag. I am so glad my wife finally cancelled her subscription to that anti American smug vomitous rag!
Bye bye NY Times, hello NY POST!!
Thank you again you wonderful NY POST.

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 May 01, 2009 at 05:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Awesome Letter!

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 May 01, 2009 at 02:20 PM Anonymous Says:

The New York Post was always a right leaning newspaper. (They endorsed McCain)

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 May 01, 2009 at 02:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Flu you, Joe. And the pig you rode in on.
*******************
Wow, you don't have to agree with him but this is just disrespectful.

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 May 01, 2009 at 06:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Looks like the telepromter didn't work.

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 May 02, 2009 at 09:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #24  
Anonymous Says:

The New York Post was always a right leaning newspaper. (They endorsed McCain)

You mean to say their not a left leaning newspaper unlike almost all other...I mean which other paper endorsed McCain except a few out of the ordinary ones...That's precisely why I voted McCain, and I don't regret it.

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 May 02, 2009 at 09:55 PM Anonymous Says:

I just cannot understand why The president allows him to get any where near a camera or a microphone.

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 May 02, 2009 at 08:49 PM Elchonon Hellinger Says:

puleeez this guy is the amtrak saviour.. boasts about how he takes the train to washington blah blah blah nothing but a hot air baloon on his shoulders.

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 May 02, 2009 at 08:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
PMO Says:

Too funny... I was loving reading this until a story popped up on Fox News.... a plane from Germany arrived with at least one person displaying flu-like symptoms....If someone has it on a plane, it is very likely that half the plane was infected.

I must admit, while I think Biden is a babbling idiot, there is SOME truth in what he is saying here....

"If someone has it on a plane, it is very likely that half the plane was infected."

Thank you for spreading that myth. The most germs will travel in a ventilated plane is a couple of seats. And even then the contagious human to human transfer rate is very low. Chances are a sick person will not infect more than one or two people on a plane, at the most. If that.

So get your facts straight before you pull a Biden on us.

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 May 02, 2009 at 08:20 PM nyc Says:

nice. what a comeback! thats ny attitude baby

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 May 02, 2009 at 11:46 PM Government is not the solution to our problems, Government IS our problem Says:

Reply to #28  
Anonymous Says:

I just cannot understand why The president allows him to get any where near a camera or a microphone.

Well at least he could get a sentence out without all those um um um eh eh eh eh eh er er er er ya know ya know ya know.

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 May 03, 2009 at 04:26 AM Anonymous Says:

It's about time someone told off this political version of Ted Baxter (i.e. the character on the old Mary Tyler Moore TV show, like Biden a silver-haired bozo forever putting his foot in his mouth by saying one stupid thing after another).

During the campaign, the mainstream news media, clearly enamored of Obama's "historic" candidacy and wanting to be a part of O's New Camelot, gave Biden a free pass on all of his many gaffes (like when he told us that President Franklin Roosevelt went on TV to reassure the public when the stock market crashed in 1929 -- FDR was not yet president then and TV was still an experimental technology the public would not see for at least another 20 years), as well as Obama's own blunders (he told us he had campaigned in "all 57 states," except Alaska and Hawaii!). Meanwhile, they mercilessly ridiculed Biden's opponent, Governor Sarah Palin (a survey among likely Obama voters showed most believed she said she could "see Russia from my house" -- Palin NEVER said that, it was the actress impersonating her in a skit on the Saturday Night Live TV show who said it. Unfortunately, the public bought into the media spin, of Palin = Stupid vs Biden = wise and experienced -- when this buffoon has been on the WRONG side of virtually evey important issue since he got to Washington in the1970s. The office of Vice President normally would deserve respect -- but not if the man occupying it is an idiot.

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 May 03, 2009 at 01:06 AM cool masmid Says:

You all got to agree that Obama has deep regrets about taking Biden as his v.p. - this guy is such a liability for Obama - its no secret that their closeness has somewhat deminished.

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 May 03, 2009 at 12:58 PM Anonymous Says:

WTG NY Post
I love the last 2 lines
"Flu you, Joe. And the pig you rode in on"
shows the real new york & Proud of it.

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 May 03, 2009 at 01:04 PM shelpshitz Says:

Reply to #14  
Dovid Says:

Usually I agree with the NY Post and I dislike Biden, but this time I think Biden is right. Obviously he knows something that we are not being told if he went and told his family to stay out of planes and trains. Biden is a guy who commuted to Washington from his house in Delaware on Amtrak, so he knows from trains.

You might be right. But biedn is still wrung for saying that. Imagine what happens if the trains stop running and flights are canceled this country will be in chaos our economy will go down the drain like if its not bed enough. Biden is a smart guy with a loss mouth I won't be surprised that in 2012 obama will look for an other running mate. He is a loss canon who you can't control and we all know how much obama likes to have control on avery think that goes on I think that biedn should get a job at cnn so he can talk nonsense all day long

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 May 03, 2009 at 11:05 PM me Says:

It's not often that laugh out loud reading VIN. What a letter. Biden was actual a brainstorm for Obama. Think how many people are now praying for his weill being. If anything happens to Obama, you know who we get for president.

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