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Obama Indicates he May Appoint an “Ebola Czar”

President Obama this evening suggested for the first time he is open to appointing a single person to oversee the federal response to Ebola, bowing to numerous demands from Capitol Hill and elsewhere.

While saying the individuals in his administration are doing “an outstanding job” dealing with their responsibilities for the crisis, Obama said that the time had come to possibly have a single “czar” to establish “a more regular process” now that some ill-defined “initial surge of activity” had passed:

It may make sense for us to have one person, in part just so that after this initial surge of activity we can have a more regular process just to make sure that we’re crossing all the T’s and dotting all the I’s going forward.

He gave no timetable for a possible appointment.

Obama also offered the slightest opening to a travel ban directed at Western Africa, saying that while the evidence suggests it would be counterproductive, he would continue to reevaluate his position:

I don’t have a philosophical objection necessarily to a travel ban if that is the thing that is going to keep the American people safe.  The problem is, is that in all the discussions I’ve had thus far with experts in the field, experts in infectious disease, is that a travel ban is less effective than the measures that we are currently instituting that involve screening passengers who are coming from West Africa . . .

If we institute a travel ban instead of the protocols that we’ve put in place now, history shows that there is a likelihood of increased avoidance . . . And as a result, we may end up getting less information about who has the disease.  They’re less likely to get treated properly, screened properly, quarantined properly.  And as a consequence, we could end up having more cases rather than less.

Now, I continue to push and ask our experts whether, in fact, we are doing what’s adequate in order to protect the American people.  If they come back to me and they say that there are some additional things that we need to do, I assure you we will do it.  But it is important in these circumstances for us to look at the history of how these infectious diseases are best dealt with, and it is currently the judgment of all those who have been involved that a flat-out travel ban is not the best way to go.

The president spoke following a meeting with top advisors on the Ebola response.

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33 Responses to Obama Indicates he May Appoint an “Ebola Czar”

  1. Flip flopping- eeny meanie minie moe…
    How can “I look good” pretending to keep the American people safe, whilst establishing a strong socialist state…

  2. lemme see if i have this right. BANNING travel might not be as effective as screening INFECTED, LYING, IBUPROFEN INGESTING passengers coming into these United States.

    OK, Here’s a short quiz

    Obama is:

    A) A Liar
    B) In Denial
    C) Stupid
    D) Taking advice from Biden

    Note C and D are the same answer.

    • Studies (no doubt paid for by you and me) have shown that liberals don’t worry. Not about the small stuff like paying their rent nor about the big stuff like Ebola. Conversely, conservatives worry about everything. Get a job; pay off debts; take care of their parents; take care of OTHER people’s parents; EBOLA; ISIS; RESPONSIBILITY IN GENERAL!! That’ why Obama and his Golden Horde aren’t too concerned yet.

    • I really cannot read any more articles like this one. It turns my stomach (not the article, but the blatant shenanigans of these jerks documented in the article).

      Now I understand why so many people tune out completely (the American Idol cliche). they may have cared and paid attention, but realized the situation was hopeless.

  3. A plane from Nigeria landed at JFK. A man in his 60s died after a bout of vomiting. The CDC “experts” came aboard, examined the corpse and pronounced him Ebola-free. My, what a fast diagnosis. Isn’t an autopsy required? Tomorrow, we’ll hear the airline is looking for his fellow passengers.

  4. He also needs to appoint an ‘Ebola Tourism’ Czar. Just heard the term for the first time tonight. It’s the official name for Africans and other third worlders with ebola who will be showing up on our shores to receive the best possible medical treatment on the planet. Just like Patient Zero.

    I nominate Michelle Obama!

  5. An ebola czar? That’s just nuts, looney tune time. This is a medical crisis, not some poitical mess that needs cover from a friendly appointee.
    The implications of one person, one entity overseeing a medical crisis would involve constitutional questions if this person tried to impose quarantines, procedures for care, or even where the infected victims must be treated.
    We already have someone in place to protect us – and that is the POTUS who can stop incoming foreign nationals from certain states in Africa. It’s his job, it’s on him, and he can’t throw this onto some one else.
    Do your job, MrPresident. Stop the influx of foreigners from West African nations. Do your dang job.

    • C’mon anyone he appoints, works with, an Ebola Czar will be the same as everyone else, someone with a script from him every day! Its only what he tells people to repeat, Everyone has to obey and say what he tells them to say, or else he gets the other mafia guys after them.It wouldn’t matter if he had 10 czars (which he does) they all have a script written for them by Obama’s backers.

  6. Yesterday it was front page news here on Kauai, Hawaii that the plane that had the first Ebola guy that died was here, right behind the UPS office at our tiny airport. It was supposedly to be used for our Military exercises at our PMRF facility here, been here apparently since Saturday.
    Oh and we have a GMO mini revolution going on and a hurricane coming.

  7. EBOLA CZAR ( or is it CSAR?)

    Czar: Def: When you really want to shit can a high ranking member of your team, but know it will reflect poorly on yourself, you appoint a “csar” to handle the emerging crisis, thusly saving your arse and the bozo member of your team as well.

    Brilliant, friggin’ brilliant.
    H

  8. This was a most un-Presidential performance – slumped over in a chair like a high school coach, Obama failed to formally address the people of this country regarding the steps being taken to eliminate the threat of this plague. And he REFUSED to take questions which is offensive because it is his job, and the responsibility of the President, to address the concerns of the public. So much for transparency.

    Obama failed to introduce those in the room until the end and then closed by showering the Director of the CDC (you can’t catch Ebola riding public transportation but if you think you have Ebola, you should not ride public transportation so as not to spread the disease) and Susan Rice (Benghazi story teller) with praise even though we all know how incompetent they both are in their duties. Obama said he was considering appointing a Czar because ” they both have other stuff they are responsible for” which hardly sounded intelligent much less convincing (these were the words of a Harvard graduate).

    The President should ask Dr. Ben Carson to take over and give him 100% control of the process….health and safety protocols, control over transportation bans and the testing of those entering the country.

    • Georgia, The slump over the chair like a high school coach was spot on. He is canning the doctor for not performing in front of the camera the right way. Well he was off que