Tuesday, September 23, 2008

You Learn Something New Every Day

By Mitchell

With all due modesty, I probably know more than the avearge bear about television history, not to mention knowing a little bit about politics on the side, but even I hadn't heard about this:

Joe Biden's denunciation of his own campaign's ad to Katie Couric got so much attention last night that another odd note in the interview slipped by.

He was speaking about the role of the White House in a financial crisis."When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed," Biden told Couric. "He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'"

As Reason's Jesse Walker footnotes it: "And if you owned an experimental TV set in 1929, you would have seen him. And you would have said to yourself, 'Who is that guy? What happened to President Hoover?'"

I tell you, it's getting harder and harder to be a satirist nowadays. It all sounds too real. . .

(H/T to Ben Smith, via NRO)

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