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April 27, 2009
Obama declares Swine Flu emergency; plays golf
The Obama administration has declared a public health emergency as a result of the increasing number of Swine Flu cases being reported around the country and the danger that the virus could become a pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Democrats are blaming Republicans. And the president went golfing.
For those of us who are somewhat rational and take reality seriously, we might ask how in the name of all that is good and holy can the Democrats blame Republicans?
Because no Republicans voted for the president's stimulus bill which, as Don Surber of the Daily Mail blog explains, contained $900 million for flu preparedness:
Actually, Republicans voted against the entire spending bill, which was 874.44 times as large as that single appropriation.
Indeed. This tactic is being used to cover up the gross negligence of the White House in naming people to posts who are desperately needed to deal with this crisis.
No Secretary of HHS, no head of the CDC, no Surgeon General - whoops.
But as Fox News.com reports, our president left the crisis in the capable hands of his Homeland Security Secretary while he went golfing. Janet Napolatino may not know anything about her job, but unlike the president, at least she was on the job Sunday:
President Obama went golfing and the Department of Health and Human Services is short a secretary, so other U.S. officials took the controls Sunday as the Obama administration ramps up efforts to find and isolate U.S. cases of swine flu.During a White House briefing, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that HHS will issue a public health emergency warning that will free up resources to address the outbreak that has hit 20 Americans in five states.
Bad enough he's playing golf but does he have to look this dorky while doing it?
Our "hip" president looks decidedly "suburban" in this picture. I guess they couldn't find a hat big enough to cover the ears.
Glad he's having a good time. Meanwhile, he's running half a government with the two biggest crisis - the economic crisis and now a health crisis - taking place as the departments he needs to deal with them - Treasury and HHS - understaffed and directionless.
Meanwhile, none of this is getting in the way of preparations to celebrate the president's 100 days in office. As Ben Pershing notes in the Washington Post blog Rundown, the flu news will put something in a crimp in Obama's self-congratulatory orgy:
Too bad. I was so looking forward to The One ticking off his list of "accomplishments" on Wednesday. Now those mean old reporters are going to ask questions like, "Mr. President. Are we ready for this crisis considering the fact that most of the people you should be depending on in this situation haven't even been nominated yet?"
I don't think even TOTUS could get him off the hook on that one.