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Author:  Tony Phyrillas
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Date:  September 24, 2008
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Joe Biden: Don't Know Much About History

The Democratic Party and their media allies have the nerve to make fun of John McCain's age or Sarah Palin's inexperience after Joe Biden makes more unbelievable gaffes.

"When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'"

-- Sen. Joe Biden, Democratic Party nominee for vice president

There's so much wrong with those two sentences, I'm not sure where to begin.

OK, let's start with the stock market crash. It happened in October 1929, four years before FDR took office as president.The president in 1929 was Herbert Hoover.

Regardless of who occupied the White House at the time, it would have been impossible for the president to get "on the television" because television wasn't introduced in the United States until 1939, a full 10 years after Sen. Biden recalled seeing FDR on TV. And besides, television wasn't readily available in U.S. homes until the 1950s.

The medium of mass communication in 1929 was radio, but even that wasn't used to its fullest by politicians until FDR began his series of "fireside chats" during the Great Depression.

It's remarkable that such a learned man as Sen. Joe Biden knows so little about U.S. history. The liberal media touts Biden as the most intelligent member of the U.S. Senate. That doesn't say much for the rest of the members of the Senate, does it?

Let's review. Sen. Biden didn't know who was president during the stock market crash of 1929 and had no idea when television was introduced in the U.S. What else doesn't he know?

And this is the party that makes fun of John McCain's age and Sarah Palin's inexperience.

With Election Day just around the corner, you have to wonder how much Sen. Barack Obama regrets picking Biden as his running mate.

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Tony Phyrillas is a leading conservative political columnist and blogger based in Pennsylvania. He is a veteran journalist with 25 years experience as a reporter, editor and columnist for several newspapers. Phyrillas received recognition for column writing in 2010 from the Associated Press Managing Editors, in 2007 from Suburban Newspapers of America and in 2006 from the Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter. A graduate of Penn State University, Phyrillas is the city editor and political columnist for The Mercury, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning daily newspaper in Pottstown, Pa. In addition to The Mercury website (, his columns are featured on more than a dozen political websites and blogs. Phyrillas is a frequent guest (and occasional host) on talk radio and has been a panelist on the "Journalists Roundtable" public affairs TV program on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). Phyrillas was named one of the '10 Leading Greek-American Bloggers in the World' in 2007 by Odyssey: The World of Greece magazine. ranked Phyrillas the Most Influential Political Blogger in Pennsylvania for three consecutive years (2007-2010). You can follow Phyrillas on Twitter @TonyPhyrillas

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