Barack Obama: The do as I say, not as I do President.
President Barack Obama has declared that swine flu is a national emergency in the United States. However, Obama has not vaccinated his own two daughters. So how exactly does a President declare a national emergency and not vaccinate his own children?
The declaration, signed Friday night and announced Saturday, comes with the disease more prevalent than ever in the country and production delays undercutting the government’s initial, optimistic estimates that as many as 120 million doses of the vaccine could be available by mid-October.
Health authorities say more than 1,000 people in the United States, including almost 100 children, have died from the strain of flu known as H1N1, and 46 states have widespread flu activity.
With so many parents fearful of giving their children the new swine flu vaccine and the possible side effects, one would think that “The One” would provide leadership and comfort to American families by having his own children be vaccinated. As Weasel Zippers states, “if GWB were in the WH, reporters would be screaming for the Bush family to get vaccinated on live TV to prove that the vaccines are safe” even though the Bush twins are hardly children. Wouldn’t this be a teachable moment for Obama and a chance to actually lead and put the American parents minds at ease? One would think. However, once again Obama has blown it.
WHATCHA TALKIN’ BOUT GIBBS?
The BS from Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was that the vaccine is not available to them based on their risk. Whatcha talkin bout Willis? Interestingly enough, the Centers for Disease Control recommend that children ages 6 months through 18 years of age receive a vaccination against the H1N1 flu virus.
All people from 6 months through 24 years of age
Children from 6 months through 18 years of age because cases of 2009 H1N1 influenza have been seen in children who are in close contact with each other in school and day care settings, which increases the likelihood of disease spread, and
Young adults 19 through 24 years of age because many cases of 2009 H1N1 influenza have been seen in these healthy young adults and they often live, work, and study in close proximity, and they are a frequently mobile population; and,
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Friday that the flu was spreading widely in at least 46 states and had already caused the hospitalization of at least 20,000 Americans.