Vice President Joe Biden, trying to make the valid case for more infrastructure investment, decided that he would use as his example of decrepit American infrastructure LaGuardia Airport in New York City, which he compared to a third world country. To which we say: People who live in Delaware houses should not throw stones.

Here are Biden's comments, delivered today in Philadelphia and, apparently, without notes.

If I blindfolded someone and took them to into the airport in Hong Kong and said, where do you think you are? They'd say, This must be America; it's a modern airport. If I took them blindfolded and took them to Laguardia Airport in New York, they'd think, I must be in some third world country. No, I'm not joking!

Woah. Woah. First of all, Mr. Vice President, since when do you 1) fly rather than train, and 2) fly commercial? If you were to say that a blindfolded person's arrival on Amtrak into Penn Station seemed third-world-y, well, OK. You've got us there. But I cannot accept that LaGuardia — which still has its charms! — merits that description.

In fact, if we're going to be in the business of throwing stones, let's throw some stones. We've put together the quiz below, contrasting a developing country with one of America's actual embarrassments, a little state known as Delaware. What's that, Mr. Biden? You've heard of Delaware? Well maybe you've heard that it is in the bottom half of states in nearly every metric, including ranking 39th in infrastructure itself. A state ranked as the sixth worst in the country by none other than the travel and tourism experts at Gawker.com. It is a state that writer Jonathan Chait once dubbed a parasite on its neighbors.

So here is your test. If LaGuardia is so bad, let's see if you can tell the difference between your home state and Tanzania, one of those developing countries you disparage.

All images via Google Street View.

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