It is generally not good when the press corps laugh at your answers — unless you were trying to be funny.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today drew some laughs when he tried to explain away comments Vice President Biden made this morning about swine flu. Gibbs tried to give a rational statement about what people should do when they have flu like symptoms and then said that that was also what Biden said and meant to say.
When challenged about the matter, Gibbs retreated to the position…well, that is what he MEANT to say.
What did Joe say?
“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, it’s you’re in a confined aircraft when one person sneezes it goes all the way through the aircraft. That’s me. I would not be, at this point, if they had another way of transportation suggesting they ride the subway. “
A spokesperson for the VEEP also had to issue a written statement “clarifying” Bidens remarks.
Getting corrected by your boss’s spokesman and your own in a single day is nothing to sneeze at.