Obama proven wrong, wrong, wrong about Ebola in just 2 weeks
While Jack Cashill today focuses on why President Obama cannot be trusted on Ebola, Byron York of the Washington Examiner does a quick accounting of the president’s track record fully supports Cashill’s conclusion.
On September 16, the president flew to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta to speak to the public on the disease with the reassuring and authoritative logo of the CDC behind his head. (That was also where the Secret Service allowed him to board an elevator and stand inches away from an un-vetted security contractor with loaded gun, who happened to have an arrest record, but that’s another story.)
As York shows, just about everything the president told us about the disease was wrong:
The chances of an Ebola outbreak in the United States are "extremely low," Obama said. U.S. are working with officials in Africa "to increase screening at airports so that someone with the virus doesn't get on a plane for the United States." And then this:
In the unlikely event that someone with Ebola does reach our shores, we've taken new measures so that we're prepared here at home. We're working to help flight crews identify people who are sick, and more labs across our country now have the capacity to quickly test for the virus. We're working with hospitals to make sure that they are prepared, and to ensure that our doctors, our nurses and our medical staff are trained, are ready, and are able to deal with a possible case safely.
Obama added that in the unlikely event an Ebola case appeared in the United States, "we have world-class facilities and professionals ready to respond. And we have effective surveillance mechanisms in place."
Now two weeks later, the president's reassurances have turned out to be false. A Liberian infected with the virus, Thomas Eric Duncan, flew from Monrovia to Brussels to Virginia to Dallas. No screening at any airport stopped him, nor did any flight crews. The possibility that someone with Ebola reached American shores turned out not to be "unlikely" at all. And then, when Duncan arrived in Dallas, the doctors, nurses and medical staff at the hospital he entered were not prepared and in fact released him back into the Dallas population where, fully symptomatic, he had contact with lots of people. The system, in other words was not "able to deal with a possible case safely."
I can't remember a time when trust in government was as low as it is today. Obama now has a reputation as a liar, with the great lies of Obamacare ("If you like your doctor...) forever his legacy. The Secret Service, once a revered agency, looks like Keystone Kops. And now with epidemics imported from abroad threatening our health (not just Ebola but Enterovirus), the public has every reason to be distrustful of those offering advice and reassurances.