Look at it this way: which sounds worse, Biden made an innocuous gaffe while trying to make a point, or he's being entirely disingenuous and twisting words to make things seem worse than they are?
.I'd rather be "ridiculous," than continue to oversimplify, misrepresent, candy-coat, and assume that most people would think the way I do
I'm sorry that I assume that when a politician says "XXX people are losing their jobs," people assume that the politician is trying to say that employment is decreasing by XXX. I mean, that's idiotic of me to assume, right? Politicians don't really mean that.
The White House - Blog Post - Advice from "beyond the echo chamber"
Now, do you think Obama is trying to say that 600,000 particular individuals lost their jobs, or that total employment dropped by 600,000?THE PRESIDENT: I have just had the opportunity to welcome the members of my Economic Recovery Advisory Board. And I'm grateful that I will have the counsel of these extraordinarily talented and experienced men and women in the challenging months to come.
If there's anyone, anywhere, who doubts the need for wise counsel and bold and immediate action, just consider the very troubling news we received just this morning. Last month, another 600,000 Americans lost their jobs. That is the single worst month of job loss in 35 years.