In an update that should make us feel safer, we find that Janet Napolitano is in charge of the swine flu crisis.
Normally a situation like this would be managed by the Health and Human Services Secretary but getting a HHS Secretary seated has been a bigger struggle for Obama then finding a Democrat that has paid their taxes.
First we had Tom Daschle who withdrew because he did not pay taxes, which brings up the question, just how bad of a tax cheat do you have to be to not be able to work in the Obama administration? With the standards of the administration so low, one has to assume he has never paid taxes and is counting his 10 cats as children.
Now we have Kathleen Sebelius, Governor of Kansas, attempting to be confirmed. At first she was delayed because of taxes. Luckily for her she only cheated the government out of several thousand dollars. This isn't even enough to get yourself attention in the Obama administration. You can even imagine the other secretaries laughing at her behind her back for her amateurish accounting, only a few thousand dollars, charming.
Now she is being held up because she "misrepresented" how much she is connected to a late term abortion doctor performing illegal abortions in Kansas. The doctor Sebelius supports is performing some of the latest late term abortions in the country. Bottom line is the man is a murderer and our soon to be HHS Secretary seems to think he is peachy.
The whole point of this is that we do not have a HHS Secretary currently. Obama is out golfing and can't take care of it. Therefore since things are quiet on the Canadian border, Napolitano isn't doing anything over at Homeland Security so she thought she would help out.
White House: Obama Updated Regularly, Despite Golf Outing
WASHINGTON -- President Obama went golfing and the Department of Health and Human Services is short a secretary, so other U.S. officials took the controls Sunday as the Obama administration ramps up efforts to find and isolate U.S. cases of swine flu.
During a White House briefing, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that HHS will issue a public health emergency warning that will free up resources to address the outbreak that has hit 20 Americans in five states.
Meanwhile, as Napolitano, Besser, presidential homeland security adviser John Brennan and White House spokesman Robert Gibbs addressed reporters, Obama golfed with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Trade Representative Ron Kirk and White House aide Marvin Nicholson.
The White House permitted journalists no opportunity to video Obama golfing. Gibbs denied that the rare weekend White House briefing was designed to minimize attention that otherwise might have been paid to a presidential golf outing during a public health scare.
"I'm not sure I would draw a direct conclusion between the news today and the president's golf," Gibbs said. "The president has been updated regularly on this and will continue to do so as we will continue to regularly update you."
Interpretation: "This is nothing like when Obama dined on $100/pound steaks while people were freezing to death this winter."
To show she was on the job, Napolitano promptly held a news conference to announce that she wasn't going to do anything about the crisis.
US says not testing travelers from Mexico for flu
WASHINGTON, April 26 (Reuters) - The United States is not testing airplane travelers from Mexico for the swine flu virus that has heightened fears of a possible pandemic, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on Sunday.
"Right now we don't think the facts warrant more active testing or screening of passengers coming in from Mexico," she said at a White House briefing
I personally would prefer the Health Secretary from Britain (they actually have one)
Swine flu: Every passenger arriving in Britain from Mexico screened
Every passenger arriving in Britain from Mexico is to be tested for signs of swine flu amid fears that the disease has spread across the world.
Two travellers were admitted to a hospital in Scotland when they complained of flu-like symptoms after returning from holiday in the country.
Alan Johnson, the Health Secretary, said Britain was on "constant alert" after the previously unknown influenza spread from Mexico to America and cases were reported as far afield as New Zealand, France, Spain, Israel and Canada.
He said he had no doubt that there would be more cases of travellers coming into Britain with flu-like symptoms and promised that they will be examined "very, very quickly" by the NHS.
But, isn't he afraid of offending Mexicans?
This just in: While I am writing this Obama is giving a press conference. He's in a suit, must be done golfing, no wait, is that a golf cart off to the side?
Anyways, he is assuring us of two things.
-The government will respond to this accordingly depending on how the story goes. Interpretation: "We don't know what the Hell to do. I have a Homeland Security Secretary that's an idiot, the Mexican border is a sieve, and my golf cart went into the pond."
-He will promptly increase the federal funding of health care because the real problem here is that we are not spending enough money.
I'm feeling sick.