Sunday, October 25, 2009

H1N1 and Our Children

Interesting. President Obama has declared the Swine Flu or H1N1 a national emergency.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius now has authority to bypass federal rules when opening alternative care sites, such as offsite hospital centers at schools or community centers if hospitals seek permission.
But if this is such an "emergency" worthy of bypassing federal rules, why are Obama and his children still not vaccinated? Obama seemed to stumble a bit in his answer when asked "as a parent" about the H1N1 vaccine and when the First Family will get it. Watch...

Obama is attempting to appear selfless and humble. But considering that he just recently accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for doing absolutely nothing, he fails miserably. Everybody understands that the President's physical health is important; that's why he has a personal 24/7 physican follow him around everywhere he goes and Michelle Obama has an organic garden in the White House. There may be a shortage of vaccines, but certainly they can spare four doses for the President of the United States and his family, no?

After all, just a month ago in an exclusive interview with Bob Schieffer on the news show Face the Nation Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan said,
"We're prepared for the worst. Yes, you have to be prepared. Again the more the school is a part of the solution, the more the schools become vaccination centers, the more we help solve this thing. That's the right thing for us to be doing."
Apparently, the Obama administration wasn't as prepared as he thought. Recent reports indicate that school children are particularly at risk for this virus. In Missouri, one health official stated, "“So school age children are really bearing the brunt of this pandemic right now.” (If this is such an emergency maybe we ought to bypass turning schools into vaccinations centers and just shut them down. That should at least help stop spreading the virus!)

Seriously though, if Obama wants to convince the American people that this is truly a state of emergency worthy of turning schools into vaccinations centers, he ought to start by demonstrating that his own family, including his school age girls, is willing to get the vaccine. This "put the country above his own family" routine is a not very convincing when you realize that his daughters attend the toney private school, Sidwell Friends, while most of the neighboring school children languish in the wretched DC schools.

Once again, we see a do as we say but not as we do mentality coming from this administration. Very strange and troubling indeed.

(Note: The family of SpunkyHomeschool has not had the vaccine. Nor do we intend to get it at this time.)

Update: TheBlogProf who resides about 45 minutes north of me has video of the scene at a local school where people waited 5 or more hours to get the shot. "The high school looked like a scene from a new ride at a premier amusement park that just opened." The day was rainy and 48 degrees. Not good PR for Team Obama and his ability to take care of our health.

Update II: Parents are upset because their son had been given the H1N1 without their consent. Their son has medical issues that make the vaccine potentially dangerous. The school claimed it was a "mix up" and it was supposed to go to another child with a similar name. The vaccine was given by the health department and not a school official.

Another reason to be very glad if you homeschool. (HT @everydaymommy Via Twitter)

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