When asked why Obama didn’t restock N95 masks, Biden distances himself from administration

When asked why Obama didn’t restock N95 masks, Biden distances himself from administration

Last week, Joe Biden claimed in a tweet that the U.S. is “paying the price” of the coronavirus because of Donald Trump’s ill-advised decision to eliminate an office Barack Obama set up as president to deal with pandemics. The claim was ultimately proven false, but the tweet is still relevant because it makes reference to the “Obama-Biden Administration.”

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Throughout American history, presidential administrations have been named for the president only. But Biden has no record of accomplishments to run on, so he has been helping himself to credit for his former boss’s achievements by referring to the previous administration as a tag team of sorts. He has also been taking credit for legislation he had no part in as a U.S. senator, but that’s another column.

But what happens when the presumptive Democratic nominee is confronted with one of the many failures of the “Obama-Biden Administration”? One glaring example that has been in the headlines for several days was Obama’s failure to restock N95 masks after depleting the government reserve. The demand for those masks by hospital personnel treating coronavirus cases currently exceeds the supply.

Biden was asked about that failing by CNN’s Anderson Cooper. The video that follows contains his answer.

As GOP spokesperson Elizabeth Harrington notes, he also doubles down on the lie about Trump’s having closed the pandemic office.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.