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Joe Biden thinks our leaders need to regain our trust by explaining what's going on:

"Part of what being a leader does is to instill confidence is to demonstrate what he or she knows what they are talking about and to communicating to people ... this is how we can fix this," Biden said. "When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'look, here's what happened.'"

I certainly feel better knowing that come next November, I might have a savvy politician like Joe Biden explaining complex financial matters to me.  And also, how the governor of New York managed to get his own financial show ten years before the first regularly scheduled television broadcast.

Hat tip Jesse Walker -- and Stuart Buck, who wonders why Senator Biden didn't mention Abraham Lincoln's inspiring dispatches from the front lines at Valley Forge.


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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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