In the above link, Ben Smith reports that Katie Couric and Joe Biden were talking about the leadership the White House must show when markets are in turmoil. Hey Ben, actually watch the interview – I wouldn’t trust you to order a pizza.
1) Unlike what Smith “reported.” White House leadership was never mentioned during the aired interview with Couric.
2) FDR was the governor of New York during the 1929 crash. This said, like New York Governor Paterson this time around, FDR got on the airwaves and showed great leadership.
3) Ben Smith is an idiot…
You can skip forward to the 1:45 minute mark to see the “gaffe” in question…
P.S. Biden did misspeak – the television didn’t exist in 1929. One should assume he meant radio since FDR was a presence on the radio airwaves during the Wall Street crash.
can you please back up your claim that FDR was a presence on the radio?
FDR’s leadership to the American public via the airwaves is well known. I will find something when I get in front of a computer (vs. iPhone) again…
I think he meant can you back up your claim FDR was a presence on the radio in 1929? Or can we just admit it was a mistake? That is what is wrong with the current administration and, now, both campaigns – stubborness and inability to admit mistakes and take corrective action.
“Agreed” – I agree.
Wow, this horrible gaffe by Biden is like so totally worse than McCain’s statement five days ago that the “fundamentals of the economy are strong.”
In case no one can tell, I’m being sarcastic.
According to my 83 year old father in law, FDR was the president during the ‘Great Depression’. Many people believe that the GD started and ended with the stock market crash of 1929. I learned over dinner last night that the actual depression continued well into FDR’s presidency. So, Biden gets it half right. Yes, FDR was president during that time but it was radio that he used (known as his fireside chats) to communicate with the american people not TV.