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Biden's gaffes haven't hurt; what about Obama's?

If President Obama's trust in Joe Biden has been eroded by the vice president's gaffes on swine flu, Russia and more, Obama isn't showing it. "Having lined up support in the Senate to assure passage of the $787 billion economic stimulus plan, Biden was recently tapped by President Obama to play a bigger role in the health care debate that is now dominating the congressional agenda," reported the Los Angeles Times. "He is at the table on major foreign policy issues and has been asked to oversee the stimulus spending effort." Biden also interviewed candidates for the opening on the U.S. Supreme Court. Some of his aides even suggested a 2016 presidential run isn't out of the question, though Biden would be 74 by Inauguration Day.Speaking of gaffes, Bloomberg News' Caroline Baum is disturbed by those from Obama, including his disparaging words about the U.S. Postal Service and other examples of what she calls "impromptu Obamanomics." She wrote: "The proliferation of Obama's gaffes and non sequiturs on health care has exceeded the allowable limit. He has failed repeatedly to explain how the government will provide more (health care) for less (money). He has failed to explain why increased demand for medical services without a concomitant increase in supply won't lead to rationing by government bureaucrats as opposed to the market. And he has failed to explain why a Medicare-like model is desirable when Medicare itself is going broke. The public is left with one of two unsettling conclusions: Either the president doesn't understand the health-insurance reform plans working their way through Congress, or he understands both the plans and the implications and is being untruthful about the impact."

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