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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 12:44 AM
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White House: Obama Updated Regularly, Despite Golf Outing (Fox News)
Source: Fox News

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says President Obama is being updated regularly on swine flu tracking, and the administration is not suffering from the lack of a secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services.


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.

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.

Gibbs appeared to contradict White House domestic policy adviser Valerie Jarrett, who earlier in the day said the president is fine after being asked whether he had been tested.

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ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 12:52 AM
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1. The important thing is, "What did he shoot?" (n/t)
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 01:00 AM
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2. Why is this posted here?
Fox cares about this President's golfing habits, all of the sudden?

Was he supposed to stay indoors today as to not catch the flu?
He was after in DC, and on an Army Base in fact.

Do they think that the President's Homeland Secretary needed him to micromanage the presser while chained at his desk? Or can no one talk to the public but the President? Guess?

Perhaps they haven't gotten wind of this yet;

GOP Know-Nothings Fought Pandemic Preparedness
posted by John Nichols on 04/26/2009 @ 12:50pm

arguments former White House political czar Karl Rove advanced in February to frame opposition to the stimulus package Obey crafted in the House.

Rove dismissed Obey's proposals as "disturbing" and "laden with new spending programs." He said the congressman was peddling a plan based on "deeply flawed assumptions."

Like what?

Rove specifically complained that Obey's proposal included "$462 million for the Centers for Disease Control, and $900 million for pandemic flu preparations."

This was wrong, the political operative charged, because the health care sector added jobs in 2008.

As bizarre as that criticism may sound -- especially now -- Rove's argument was picked up by House and Senate Republicans, who made it an essential message in their attacks on the legislation. Even as Rove and his compatriots argued that a stimulus bill should include initiatives designed to shore-up and maintain any recovery, they consistently, and loudly, objected to spending money to address the potentially devastating economic impact of a major public health emergency.

House-passed stimulus bill includes pandemic funding
Lisa Schnirring and Robert Roos * Staff Writers

Jan 29, 2009 (CIDRAP News) Yesterday the US House of Representatives passed an $819 billion economic stimulus bill that included funding for pandemic influenza and bioterrorism countermeasures, and now the Senate will debate its version of the measure, which also includes spending on some of the same items.

President Barack Obama and several Democratic legislators have hailed the public health spending provisions as a way to create jobs and boost the productivity of the American workforce. However, some lawmakers oppose spending provisions, particularly those aimed at government departments.

The House bill includes $900 million for biomedical advanced research and development, pandemic flu, and cyber security to help the nation better prevent or respond to a natural or man-made biological threat, according to a Jan 15 statement from Trust for America's Health (TFAH), a nonprofit health advocacy group in Washington, DC.

The House plan also includes $3 billion for disease prevention, including funding for state and local health departments and immunization programs, and $20 billion for health information technology.

Jeff Levi, PhD, executive director of TFAH, said in the statement, "This is an unprecedented one-time investment in public health." In 2008, a TFAH expert panel reported that the country faces annual $20 billion shortfalls in critical public health program funding across state, local, and federal levels.

Stimulus bill headed for passage minus pandemic funds
Robert Roos News Editor

Feb 13, 2009 (CIDRAP News) With money for pandemic influenza preparedness stripped from a huge economic stimulus bill that appears headed for final congressional approval, public health advocates say they have to look to the regular budgeting process for the next chance to get some pandemic funding.

The House of Representatives had included $900 million in pandemic preparedness funds in its version of the massive stimulus package, but it appeared that all but $50 million was removed by the conference committee that ironed out differences between the House and Senate versions, said Richard Hamburg, government relations director for the nonpartisan, nonprofit group Trust for America's Health (TFAH).

The House passed the $787 billion compromise bill this afternoon by a vote of 246-183, with no Republican support, the New York Times reported. The story said the Senate was expected to approve the measure this evening.

The $50 million left in the bill, listed as a Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, is for improving information technology security at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Hamburg said. The sums removed included $420 million for pandemic flu and $430 million for biomedical advanced research and development, he reported.

Now it's back to the regular budget process for those seeking pandemic and other public health preparedness funds, leaders of public health groups say.

"Hopefully in the president's budget for 2010 there will again be funding and decisions about funding for preparedness," said Robert (Bobby) Pestronk, executive director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials. The Obama administration is expected to propose its 2010 budget soon.

Nothing left in pipeline
Hamburg said there is no more pandemic preparedness money in the pipeline for state and local public health. "The $600 million that was made available in December 2005, in the fiscal year 2006 emergency supplemental bill, the last of those dollars went out the door this past August," he said.

In addition to the cutoff of pandemic flu funding, public health agencies have seen their "all hazards" preparedness funding drop about 25% since 2005, Hamburg said.

from January 28, 2009
What One GOP Congressman Thinks of Senate Stimulus Package
3. The vast majority of spending in this bill has nothing to do with stimulating the economy but rather increasing government social programs.

q) $900 million in additional funds to prepare for the pandemic flu.

From February 5th Wall Street Journal article

After meeting with Mr. Obama, Sen. Collins expressed concern about a number of spending provisions, including $780 million for pandemic-flu preparedness.

Meanwhile, Secessionist Rick Perry, Governor of Texas is asking the Feds for Flu money!

Gov. Rick Perry today in a precautionary measure requested the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide 37,430 courses of antiviral medications from the Strategic National Stockpile to Texas to prevent the spread of swine flu. Currently, three cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Texas. /

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FVZA_Colonel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 01:27 AM
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3. Why should this raise questions about his health?
Wouldn't it have made sense, if he were potentially infected, to keep him in the White House?

And why the hell does a single golf trip matter? It seems that the administration is actually taking steps to fight this, unlike what the last guy would have done.
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lamp_shade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 02:37 AM
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4. You know... I think sometimes the President does certain things just to get
MSM panties in a wad. Keeps things interesting. I love him.
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InfiniteThoughts Donating Member (322 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 06:19 AM
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5. fox news - clutching at straws ...
do we need to say more?
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 07:01 AM
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6. "Gibbs denied" means Faux asked a moronic question and Gibbs said no. Where was Faux when Dummya
Edited on Mon Apr-27-09 07:02 AM by No Elephants
went golfing right after 911, not knowing if there would be another attack or not?

Arrrghhhhh. I hate partisan news coverage. I hate it. I hate it. I hate it.

On edit: Especially when it's as moronic as this.
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RedCloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 08:25 AM
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7. Obama must be perfect at all times...
Remember unless the repunks "win" we are entitled to perfect elections and perfect presidencies.

Maybe Obams should just cut a birthday cake with McCain like Bush did during Katrina.
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TankLV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 09:46 AM
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It's the REPUKES fault that all positions in Obama's government are STILL not filled!!!

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