Conservatives Blame Obama For Ebola Already In The Least Shocking Move Ever
Rain, tax, and conservatives condemning President Obama for things that no one man could possibly control are the three pillars of inevitability. Less than two hours after news first broke that Ebola is in the US, Fox started blaming Obama. It's good to have something you can count on in this unpredictable world though, don't you think?
As if on cue, three minutes after Andrew Kirell of Mediaite tweeted, "Any bets on which cable news pundit is first to make a connection between the Dallas Ebola case and Obama?" Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich was only too happy to oblige. "Well, Obama sending troops to combat Ebola worked out really well," she tweeted. But because that wasn't enough, she immediately followed that up with, "Beheadings. White House intruder. Illegal immigration crisis. Economic stagnation. What else could possibly go wrong? Oh...EBOLA."
BECAUSE ALL THOSE THINGS ARE OBAMA'S FAULT.
What is perhaps most disappointing is the fact that even in the face of a potentially deadly outbreak of a disease that has already claimed nearly 3,300 lives, the first response from the peanut gallery of both on-air commentators and just good ol' homegrown personalities was to bring partisan bickering into the mix. Seriously, can we not just give it a rest for one second?
Apparently not, because in the time that America has known about the emergence of Ebola in Texas, social media has gone mad with responses blaming their president for this latest public health issue. Panic is an understandable — though luckily unfounded — reaction. Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at Tuesday's press conference, "We're stopping it in its tracks in this country," and considering the United States' resources and track record for treating Ebola (three for three), this seems like a fair statement.
But blaming the president really, really isn't a logical response. But who am I to say what people can and can't say on Twitter? After all, it makes for some pretty exciting reading.
the one that started them all
And to justify this tweet, Pavlich threw out yet another gem.
No really, I can't believe you made the connection. Especially because I'm pretty sure that had Obama neglected to send American forces to Africa, the tweet would've been something along the lines of "Well, if Obama had sent troops to combat Ebola, this wouldn't be happening."
One tweeter, however, left a pretty awesome pro-tip for Pavlich to consider.
Pavlich, of course, later said she was joking.
a tribute to rush limbaugh
Back in August, Rush Limbaugh asked this very, very existential question: "Why Bring Ebola Patients To America?" This was in protest to the decision to bring Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, the first two Americans diagnosed with Ebola, back to the United States for treatment. At the time, Limbaugh said,
I think just the very act of bringing those two Americans here, that is where the credit and the advancement of the Democrat agenda will be attached, with just the act of bringing them here.
Listen, Rush. If basic human compassion and caring for our compatriots makes me a Democrat, then I don't want to be anything else. But of course, Limbaugh's loyal followers picked up the baton, and took to Twitter to express their frustrations.
Because Obama literally carried Ebola over from Africa. Because he's half black, get it?
the truly bizarre
my absolute favorite
Ok, so maybe, fine, probably, this is sarcastic. But it is hilarious and worth sharing.
Ah yes, the president's biggest fan obviously couldn't wait to get in on the action. At a news conference on Tuesday, the Speaker of the House said,
I think this Ebola outbreak in Africa is a serious problem and I'm a bit surprised the administration hasn't acted more quickly to address what is a serious threat, not only to Africans but to others around the world.
So let's get this straight. Obama was expected to act more quickly to deal with Ebola.
Never mind the fact that Congress has been out of session since September 18, deciding to truncate an already shortened fall session by a whole week. Never mind the fact that Boehner is literally Obama for "overstepping his legal authority" by not consulting with Congress before pushing forth the Afffordable Care Act.
Never mind the fact that Boehner has yet to call Congress back into session to discuss ISIS, which he calls a group of "barbarians" who "intend to kill us. And if we don’t destroy them first, we’re gonna pay the price." But regardless of ISIS' intentions, Boehner doesn't want Congress (the body with the constitutional power to declare war) to debate it until after the midterm elections. Because nothing says commitment to protecting your country than playing politics.
So yes, even though Boehner doesn't think that Obama has the authority to act without Congress, it is still Obama's fault that not enough has been done about Ebola.
Good one, Boehner.