Obama is trying to look like he's doing something about the Ebola outbreak in the U.S., other than welcoming more people with the virus into the country. "I think my best qualification for the job is I'm a people person." - guy being interviewed for Ebola czar.
He appointed Ron Klain to be the new Ebola czar.
Terrific. Joe Biden's former chief of staff. Sounds like a real winner.
From the Washington Post:
"I think my best qualification for the job is I'm a people person." - guy being interviewed for Ebola czar.— David Goodman (@DavidAGoodman) October 17, 2014
President Obama has asked Ron Klain, who served as chief of staff to both Vice President Biden and former vice president Al Gore, as his Ebola response coordinator, according to a White House official.Oh, good grief.
"He will report directly to the president’s homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco, and the president's national security adviser, Susan Rice, as he ensures that efforts to protect the American people by detecting, isolating and treating Ebola patients in this country are properly integrated but don’t distract from the aggressive commitment to stopping Ebola at the source in West Africa," a White House official wrote in an e-mail.
Klain, a longtime Democratic operative, served as Biden's chief of staff from 2009 to 2011 and as Gore's from 1995 to 1999. He helped oversee the Democratic side in the 2000 presidential election recount as its lead lawyer, a role that Kevin Spacey portrayed in the HBO film "Recount."
I'm REALLY confident that Klain will put politics aside in managing Ebola.
Check this out: Category Five Hackery: These 14 tweets from Ebola Czar Ronald Klain are unbelievable.
Klain is useless. Worse than useless. He'll probably do more damage than good.
If Obama wanted to calm Americans, he should have appointed someone like Rudy Giuliani, someone people trust to take appropriate steps to manage a crisis. Appointing political hack Klain only exaccerbates the frustration.
I have no confidence in Obama to handle this, absolutely zero.
I have not been this concerned about an outside threat, in terms of not feeling safe and worrying that my loved ones may be in danger, since the terror of 9/11.
What's scary about the spread of this lethal virus, this terrible threat to Americans, is that our government is actually working against us.
After 9/11, I was confident the government would do what needed to be done to protect me and my family.
In this case, the government I fund with my tax dollars is not protecting me. There is complete incompetence, misinformation, and perhaps intentional deception.
My government is my enemy when it comes to Ebola.
That's a problem.
We need to do what African nations have done to contain the virus - enact travel bans.
Ron Klain not starting right away in the Ebola job. Probably next week.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 17, 2014
I suppose in the meantime Obama will deploy a SWAT team.