In words that have come back to haunt him, Barack Obama as a U.S. senator in 2005 complained that President George W. Bush was not doing enough to fight a potential epidemic of Avian Flu.
“This nation must NOT be caught off guard when faced with a pandemic,” he said at the time. “The question is will we be ready…”
He called on his fellow senators to “push this administration to take action needed to prevent a catastrophe the likes of which we have not seen during our lifetimes.”
Yet, in a major address regarding the Ebola outbreak Obama gave at the CDC in Atlanta on Sept. 16, he downplayed the risk of Ebola coming to U.S. shores.
First and foremost, I want the American people to know that our experts, here at the CDC and across our government, agree that the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low. We’ve been taking the necessary precautions, including working with countries in West Africa to increase screening at airports so that someone with the virus doesn’t get on a plane for the United States.
Within virtually hours of that statement, a man now being treated in Texas for Ebola, in fact, got on an airplane and flew to the United States with Ebola.
At the time, Obama had said:
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.
In fact, reports document that the man in Texas felt sick and went to a hospital, but was turned away and sent back home, even though he had signs of the virus and recently had been in West Africa.
Written by Jerome R Corsi
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