Barack Obama once pushed to contain the spread of bird flu because he lived in Indonesia but has done comparatively nothing to halt the spread of Ebola. His administration worked to eliminate quarantine rules that would have saved lives.
Then Senator Barack Obama proposed $25 million to help stop bird flu from spreading because he had once lived in Indonesia. According to the Chicago Tribune at the time:
Obama said he was concerned in part because as a child he lived for five years in Indonesia, which recorded its first human cases this year.
“I knew that part of the world and was familiar with how the livestock operations are–they’re in people’s back yards,” Obama said. He said the problem in Southeast Asia is urgent because wherever a pandemic starts, it’s likely to arrive in the U.S. within four to six weeks.
The Obama Administration also gutted the very regulations that could have helped contain the Ebola outbreak in 2010.
“The Obama administration has quietly dumped quarantine rules that would have required air passengers to submit more information to airlines and strengthened the government’s authority to detain travelers suspected of carrying disease,” reported Politico’s Josh Gerstein at the time.