Updated: April 12, 2020
In a November 2005 speech at the National Institutes of Health, former President George W. Bush laid out proposals in granular detail — describing with stunning prescience how a pandemic in the United States would unfold. “A pandemic is a lot like a forest fire,” Bush said at the time. “If caught early it might be extinguished with limited damage. If allowed to smolder, undetected, it can grow to an inferno that can spread quickly beyond our ability to control it.”
Former President Barack Obama also recognized that an outbreak was a different kind of disaster than the ones the federal government had been designed to address. Watch the video below.
Yesterday, President Obama addressed a group of mayors and other local leaders warning that, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the “biggest mistake” leaders can make is “to misinform.”
“Speak the truth. Speak it clearly. Speak it with compassion. Speak it with empathy for what folks are going through. The biggest mistake any [of] us can make in these situations is to misinform, particularly when we’re requiring people to make sacrifices and take actions that might not be their natural inclination,” Obama said during a virtual meeting organized by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Newly resurfaced footage of then-President George W. Bush urgently warning of the risks posed by pandemics in 2005 — “If we wait for a pandemic to appear, it will be too late to prepare,” Bush said at the National Institutes of Health — has drawn belated praise from his detractors, and raised new questions as to the state of the federal government’s disaster preparedness since his administration.
Former top Bush adviser Karl Rove told Fox News on Sunday that, while Bush implemented a pandemic plan, it wasn’t properly maintained.
No one in their right mind is blaming Donald Trump for the Coronavirus. As the President of the United States, he said that he takes no responsibility for the US pandemic response. There in lies the problem. If not the President, then who bears responsibility?
To be fair, former Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama, all saw it coming. Each of their administrations had trouble marshaling and maintaining an infrastructure to stay in place when doomsday arrived. President Trump dismantled the staff on the National Security Council responsible for tracking and managing such a crisis. Trump also cut funding to other government agencies responsible for assisting Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control.
Now that doomsday is here, we have what we have. We have a President who is profoundly deficient and incompetent as a leader. He is a serial liar (and not a good one). He is morally bankrupt, has no empathy for others, and at the end of the day he is a HORRIBLE HUMAN BEING!
Multiple media sources (CNN, The Hill, Wall St. Journal and ABC) were used for this post.