Well Played, George Bush(!?)

April 28, 2009 at 10:21 am | Posted in Barack Obama | Leave a comment
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Obama is getting an A+ for his political handling of the swine flu outbreak, instilling a sense of calm in his public remarks, while behind the scenes, according to aides, “the President is directing his administration to be ready in case an alarm needed to be sounded.”  Others are giving much of the credit for the government’s early preparation for a flu pandemic to…former President George W. Bush (huh?!).  From the NYT:

“We’re seeing a payoff of the original investment made in pandemic preparedness by the Bush administration,” said Jeffrey W. Levi, executive director of Trust for America’s Health. The term pandemic refers to a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease. …On his summer vacation in 2005, Mr. Bush read “The Great Influenza,” a history of the 1918 pandemic by John M. Barry.”

Imagine what Bush’s political legacy would be if he had been dealt disease instead of floods…

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