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Joe Biden openly defies swine flu, enters Amtrak station today!

May 4, 2009 | 12:12 am

Wilmington Delaware Amtrak station

Vice President Joe Biden, who infamously advised Americans against entering confined transportation spaces during the current swine flu outbreak, will enter the Wilmington Amtrak train station in Delaware this morning.

For all 36 years of his long Senate career, Biden used the Wilmington station daily on his commute to and from the Capitol. Which means that Biden was riding the rails as a U.S. senator way back when the current president was on an elementary school playground.

Biden will appear in the Amtrak station, despite his own warning (see video below), later corrected by the White House, to call attention to the accelerated start of structural repairs there using funds from the Obama administration's economic stimulus package.

But Biden will not be alone in his act of bravery. He'll be joined in that transportation facility by a whole crowd of local, state and federal officials.

Hopefully, no one sneezes.

In the afternoon, Biden will join Interior secretary Ken Salazar at the University of Delaware. There, the men will discuss the potential in wind power, which seems appropriate for two ex-senators.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Associated Press (Wilmington Amtrak station).

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