Saturday, April 25, 2009

Where's Gerald Ford when we need him? 

The swine flu outbreak in Mexico is beginning to get ugly, dominating headlines from the Drudge Report to the World Health Organization (bipartisan blog roundup here). Once upon a time we had a president who incurred great political risk (notwithstanding claims, improbable as they may seem, that his motivations were cynical) to protect us against this sort of thing.

MORE links here, plus helpful flu pandemic survival resources.

STILL MORE (Sunday morning): Apparently the Ford Administration was, on this issue at least, substantially more clued in than the Obama administration. Blog round-up here.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Apr 25, 08:08:00 PM:

Obama may have been exposed to the swine flu.
Seems a Mexican who talked with Obama, died 3 days later from the flu.
I just read this a few minutes ago, but do not remember the site.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Apr 25, 08:15:00 PM:

it was http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aEsNownABJ6Q&refer=worldwide

Obama’s Visit

The first case was seen in Mexico on April 13. The outbreak coincided with the President Barack Obama’s trip to Mexico City on April 16. Obama was received at Mexico’s anthropology museum in Mexico City by Felipe Solis, a distinguished archeologist who died the following day from symptoms similar to flu, Reforma newspaper reported. The newspaper didn’t confirm if Solis had swine flu or not.

Thiscould be a real case of karma.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Apr 25, 08:55:00 PM:

The possible exposure of President Obama to this flu when he visited Mexico recently is fascinating. Drudge says that a guy Obama met (Solis?) dies shortly after.
Remember, Obama refused to release his medical records. That means they contained something he wanted to hide. It strikes me that only two conditions were so serious that he'd rather hide them and risk being accused of hiding something. They are, (1) impotence, bringing into question the paternity of Michelle's two daughters or (2) HIV, from his time on the down low (what ever happened to Larry Sinclair?).
We shall see over the next week whether President Obama, who might have a weak immune system, actually has been exposed to a virus that might do him some real damage. Rational people will curse Obama for possibly leaving us to the leadership of Shiftless Joe Biden.  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Sat Apr 25, 09:19:00 PM:

Anon 8:55 - I suppose there are many reasons beyond those you name why Barack Obama might not want to release his medical records. Maybe he has herpes -- embarrassing, but not an issue for the country. Maybe he once had to visit the emergency room to deal with a youthful indiscretion. Maybe he flunked a drug test more recently than adolescence. There could be millions of relatively harmless reasons that might still have worked against him in Peoria.  

By Blogger JPMcT, at Sun Apr 26, 01:19:00 AM:

Tigerhawk, I hate to say this, but amongst Obama supporters, information that he may have had a positive drug test or a STD would likely be considered a badge of honor.

His close associations with known anti-American elements did him no harm whatsoever, even though the same information released about a Republican would have been a career-killing factoid.

No....whatever is in there is far more elemental and potentially actionable...like where he was born.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Apr 26, 01:29:00 PM:

Coincidence? Instead of an anthrax attack, a swine flu variant attack would go a long way before being considered a deliberate act.

Or, am I simply being paranoid and terrorists could not posses the ability to develop such a thing?  

By Blogger JPMcT, at Sun Apr 26, 07:07:00 PM:

Well, I'm certain that if the CIA catches anybody getting ready to release "Capt. Jack" (reference to The Stand for you Democrats), then I'm sure they will be courteous in their questions and pursue all the due process issues guaranteed under the Army Field Manual...while we all die.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Apr 26, 11:28:00 PM:

JP, that's Captain Trips; captain jack is, among other things, a Dr. Who character, but not The Stand's superflu.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Apr 27, 01:03:00 AM:

Maybe it was Obama who took the virus to Mehico, no?  

By Blogger JPMcT, at Mon Apr 27, 07:16:00 AM:

Thanks Anon...I just downloaded the LOOONG version of the Stand to my Kindle and am eagerly awaiting the time to re-read it.

I don't know who Dr. Who is...Capt. Jack was a line from some cheesy 60-70's ballad.

Anyway, you get my drift.  

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