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Obama Tries to Take Credit for Beating Ebola

President Obama was in full self-congratulatory mode last week, patting himself aggressively on the back for wiping out ebola and doing what had to be done even as the doubting Toms doubted.

From remarks at the White House:

Last summer, as Ebola spread in West Africa, overwhelming public health systems and threatening to cross more borders, I said that fighting this disease had to be more than a national security priority, but an example of American leadership. After all, whenever and wherever a disaster or a disease strikes, the world looks to us to lead. And because of extraordinary people like the ones standing behind me, and many who are in the audience, we have risen to the challenge.

Now, remember, there was no small amount of skepticism about our chances. People were understandably afraid, and, if we’re honest, some stoked those fears. But we believed that if we made policy based not on fear, but on sound science and good judgment, America could lead an effective global response while keeping the American people safe, and we could turn the tide of the epidemic.

Actually, Obama, distracted from important tasks as usual, was late when it counted, as I pointed out in September. As the Washington Post confirmed in an ebola effort post-mortem last month, our leader and his white horse rode up to save the day after the day had already been saved.

The U.S. military sent about 3,000 troops to West Africa to build centers like this one in recent months. They were intended as a crucial safeguard against an epidemic that flared in unpredictable, deadly waves. But as the outbreak fades in Liberia, it has become clear that the disease had already drastically subsided before the first American centers were completed. Several of the U.S.-built units haven’t seen a single patient infected with Ebola.

It now appears that the alarming epidemiological predictions that in large part prompted the U.S. aid effort here were far too bleak. Although future flare-ups of the disease are possible, the near-empty Ebola centers tell the story of an aggressive American military and civilian response that occurred too late to help the bulk of the more than 8,300 Liberians who became infected. Last week, even as international aid organizations built yet more Ebola centers, there was an average of less than one new case reported in Liberia per day.

“If they had been built when we needed them, it wouldn’t have been too much,” said Moses Massaquoi, the Liberian government’s chairman for Ebola case management. “But they were too late.”

Perhaps he can offer the relatives of those who died two years of free community college.

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21 Responses to Obama Tries to Take Credit for Beating Ebola

  1. He had the nerve to state the world looks to us to lead with the maniacs on a move, while Countries are hoping we will help, or should I say wish we would have helped.

  2. “After all, whenever and wherever a disaster or a disease strikes, the world looks to us to lead. ”

    I suppose Obama believes heading to the golf course or fundraiser after a disaster is leading. If Ebola would have become widespread here he would blame everyone but himself. Yet he tries to take credit for something he didn’t do. What a pathetic little man.

  3. “I said’…..Me, Me. Me. I, I, I.
    Forget about the summit on ‘extreme violence’; there needs to be an emergency Congressional session on ‘Extreme Megalomania’. This is one sick puppy.

  4. “Several of the U.S.-built units haven’t seen a single patient infected with Ebola.”

    But all the MILITARY personnel still had to go through quarantine.

    THAT pisses me off.

  5. Keith, I’m so glad that you highlighted that WaPo article. I read it last month and didn’t see much mention of it anywhere. It looks like we sent thousands of our troops there for nothing, wasted a whole lot of money, and built these clinics unnecessarily.

    Obummer was a bit of an alarmist on the Ebola crisis as it was on the wane, yet he and his administration have the nerve to tell us not to be alarmists regarding the very real and growing ISIS threat.