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September 27, 2008 at 10:30 AM

Biden trip-up: Joe isn’t perfect either

After reading yet another “news” story concerning Gov. Sarah Palin’s lack of experience in the world of politics [“Palin meets leaders, avoids public view,” News, Sept. 24], I was amused to look down at the bottom of the page to see a five-paragraph blurb about Sen. Joseph Biden’s recent appearance on “CBS Evening News.”

In a bid to demonstrate Democrats are better able to lead the country in a financial crisis, Biden told the story of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s reaction to the horrific stock-market crash of 1929: “When the stock market crashed, FDR got on the television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.’ ”

Biden, the man of great experience who will help guide Sen. Barack Obama during his presidency, not only doesn’t know who was president in 1929, but thinks he went on television, a medium not yet invented, to address the American people.

Somehow, Palin doesn’t sound like such a bad choice after all.

— Gene Davis, Lake Forest Park

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