Ed Driscoll

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As Kathryn Jean Lopez writes, this election wouldn’t be the same without Joe Biden. In addition to the aforementioned Barack-Olian Cluster-Gaffe — which actually snowballed to true classic proportions after Joe’s appearance on CBS last night, this was Joe’s other moment of greatness from his interview with Katie Couric, transcribed by the Politico’s Ben Smith:

Joe Biden’s denunciation of his own campaign’s ad to Katie Couric got so much attention last night that another odd note in the interview slipped by.

He was speaking about the role of the White House in a financial crisis.

“When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the princes of greed,” Biden told Couric. “He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.'”

As Reason’s Jesse Walker footnotes it: “And if you owned an experimental TV set in 1929, you would have seen him. And you would have said to yourself, ‘Who is that guy? What happened to President Hoover?'”

Actually, you’d probably be wondering what happened to Felix, but still: If Sarah Palin had said this, CBSNBCABCCNNMSNBC would be running it on a never-ending loop today.

Update: “At any rate, it looks like Biden learned his history from Faber College.” Hey — knowledge is good.

More: “What’s funnier is that Katie Couric didn’t catch it.”