Ebola has finally achieved status as a national security problem. How do we know this?
President Barack Obama has canceled a trip to New Jersey and Connecticut and will instead hold a meeting about Ebola at the White House.
“The president’s travel today to New Jersey and Connecticut has been postponed,” the president’s Press Secretary said in a statement. “Late this afternoon, the president will convene a meeting at the White House of cabinet agencies coordinating the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak.”
That’s right. Obama has cancelled a fundraiser. When the US Consulate in Benghazi was sacked and our ambassador killed, what did Obama do?
According to the public schedule of the president, the last time the Obama attended his daily intelligence meeting was Sept. 5 — a week before Islamist radicals stormed our embassy in Cairo and terrorists killed our ambassador to Tripoli. The president was scheduled to hold the intelligence meeting at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, the day after the attacks, but it was canceled so that he could comfort grieving employees at the State Department — as well he should. But instead of rescheduling the intelligence briefing for later in the day, Obama apparently chose to skip it altogether and attend a Las Vegas fundraiser for his re-election campaign. One day after a terrorist attack.
In all likelihood, the White House has internal polling numbers that shows Americans are
panicked unsettled by the administration’s handling of the Ebola crisis. In what is shaping up to be a wave year, Obama is undoubtedly more concerned about the midterm election than dead people. The meeting will be used to show activity and to try to convince a skeptical electorate that Obama cares about much more than his next tee time.
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