Viral Biden Flub Returns: Franklin D. Roosevelt Went on TV When the Stock Market Crashed in 1929

Viral Biden Flub Returns: Franklin D. Roosevelt Went on TV When the Stock Market Crashed in 1929

Then-vice presidential candidate Joe Biden made super gaffe in 2008 interview

Joe Biden’s confused gaffes have become an embarrassing trademark for the longtime Democrat, but it’s easy to forget many of his old flubs, until they return online to haunt him, that is.

One of Biden’s all-time greatest flubs recently went viral across social media.

During an interview in 2008, then-vice presidential candidate Biden made a series of blunders in a single statement that combined into one big super gaffe.

A quote supposedly spoken by Biden about how President Franklin D. Roosevelt “got on television” to talk about the stock market crash in 1929 went viral on social media.

The quote reads: “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.’”

The viral quote was captioned with a note that read:

“FDR wasn’t president in 1929 and home TV sets did not yet exist.”

The quote attributed to Biden appeared so outrageous that it prompted left-wing “fact-checker” Snopes to investigate the claim.

However, Snopes’ “fact-check” actually revealed that the quote was correctly attributed to Biden.

“This remark was truly made by Biden and, as stated in the above-displayed meme, there are several inaccuracies with this statement,” Snopes confirmed.

The quote was made by Biden during an interview with Katie Couric and “CBS Evening News” in September 2008 while he was running as President Obama’s VP.


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Ironically, Biden was talking about the importance of leaders being clear, direct, and honest with their constituents when he reeled off a few bizarre “historical facts.”

For example, Roosevelt was not president during the stock market crash in 1929.

Herbert Hoover was POTUS then and Roosevelt didn’t take office until 1933.

Roosevelt was the first president to deliver a televised speech, but that didn’t happen until 1939.

Additionally, televisions were not a household item when the stock market crashed in 1929.

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