Originally posted at American Thinker
In the beginning of the 2009 flu season, Barack Obama declared the H1N1 swine flu a national emergency.Â Â By October of that year 1,000 people had already died, and according to the president there was the threat of a pandemic. In order to hasten treatment and convince Americans to line up like lemmings for a flu shot, Obama gave former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius a one-time authorization to bypass standard federal regulations to quickly respond to the outbreak.
The president repeatedly warned the public that a pandemic was approaching, and that the numbers of people getting sick were escalating quickly. In his plague-panic declaration, the president wrote: â€œAs a nation, we have prepared at all levels of government, and as individuals and communities, taking unprecedented steps to counter the emerging pandemic.â€
Vaccine production delays compounded the problem and enhanced the drama. Finally, when the injections did become available to Washington DC school children, Sasha and Malia Obama, who were 8 and 11 at the time, were the first of the Obamas to be inoculated.
As tension mounted, the White House announced that Michelle and the president, like a captain willing to go down with the ship, decided to wait in line.
Publicly, Obama said, â€œI suspect that I may come fairly far down the lineâ€¦ We will stand in line like everybody else. And when folks say it’s our turn, that’s when we’ll get it.â€
Supposedly, a selfless Obama wanted priority target groups — people under 24, pregnant women, and those with underlying conditions — to go first.Â Probably closer to the truth was that, rather than risk his own health on a possible tainted vaccine, the president wanted â€œuseless eaters,â€ fertile women, and the chronically ill to be the guinea pigs.
With the H1N1 scare and the look-at-me vaccine photo op far behind him, waiting in line wasnâ€™t something Obama wanted to do when he stopped for lunch at Franklin Barbeque in Texas. President Obama was so eager to get â€œnine pounds of brisket, four pounds of turkey, ribs and a pecan pie for a total of $422â€ â€“ he cut the line.No
Unlike the swine flu emergency of 2009, in 2014 the president seems to have more interest in barbeque than he does concern for the Border Patrol agent from Laredo, Texas who may have lifelong complications as a result of the bacterial pneumonia he contracted while processing the swarms of sick illegal aliens that Obama, who had plenty of time to eat spare ribs and pecan pie, had no time to visit.
According to Agent Jarrad Seely, vice president of National Border Patrol Council 2455, being so gravely ill is a â€œvery traumatic experience for [the agent] and [the agentâ€™s] family.â€Â According to Seely itâ€™s still too early to tell if the father of small children, who was very healthy prior to processing illegal immigrants, will fully recover or ever be able to work again.
Hector Garza, the secretary and treasurer of NBPC 2455, issued a dire warning when he said, â€œOur agents have been getting sick more often than before with flus and congestion and a whole bunch of respiratory illnesses.â€
As this young fatherâ€™s life and the life of his family have been forever impacted by an unnecessary set of circumstances created by a president refusing to address a lawless situation, the question is this: What happened to that guy who was so concerned about pandemics and preventing the healthcare industry from being unnecessarily overwhelmed with deathly ill people?
If the H1N1 virus caused the president such urgent trepidation, why then, with his implicit approval, are a whole host of much more treacherous viruses streaming in unchecked at our southern border?
Why would Obama consider H1N1 a national emergency and then just five years later wave through the yellow quarantine tape scores of untreated illegals into the midst of a population with almost no exposure to diseases like scabies, MDR-TB, whooping cough, Changas disease, MRSA staph infections, and Ebola fever?
To lend context to a possible answer, in 2010, while looking for drug traffickers to rob of marijuana, Mexican citizen Manuel Osorio-Arellanes murdered Border Agent Brian Terry with a gun obtained from Obamaâ€™s failed â€œFast and Furiousâ€ gun-tracking operation.
Terryâ€™s needless death, as well as the subsequent death of ICE agent Jaime Zapata and hundreds of Mexicans also killed with â€œFast and Furiousâ€ guns, have all confirmed that if fatalities further Obamaâ€™s agenda, the body count is of no concern.
Since taking office this presidentâ€™s actions and inactions have confirmed over and over that the mission of progressivism far outweighs a few thousand â€“ or a few million â€“ American lives.Â Thatâ€™s because, in the liberal mind, illegal immigrants with bad intentions and deadly communicable diseases are not a threat, theyâ€™re just facilitators of an agenda belonging to the man who insisted every American had to have a flu shot.
For some reason, Barack Obamaâ€™s need in 2009 to enforce federal oversight by attempting to inject Americans with a vaccine to save lives has given way in 2014 to a total disregard for the health, safety and wellbeing of all of us.