President Barack Obama claimed Oct. 20 that the left-leaning established media invented the Ebola crisis that has deeply damaged his chances of keeping the Democratic majority in the Senate.
“The Ebola crisis … [which] has been the only story here in the United States for the last couple of weeks, is not an outbreak and epidemic here,” Obama complained to his donors at a Chicago fundraiser.
“To give you some sense of perspective, around 20,000 to 30,000 [American] people die of flu every year. So far we’ve got one person dying of Ebola.”
Even though the economy is growing, Obama claimed, “people are still anxious” about the Middle East, Russia’s slow-motion invasion of Ukraine, the Islamic jihadis in Iraq and the media-magnified fear of Ebola.
But “we’ve had one case of a person dying from Ebola that brought it in from outside,” he said.
Admittedly, that one person was allowed into the country by Obama’s lax border policies, and he did pass it to two American nurses — only a week after Obama told reporters “the chances of an outbreak, of an epidemic here are extraordinarily low.”
The two nurses “thankfully, seem to be doing better,” Obama said.
“But people are understandably concerned, in part because they’ve seen what’s happened in Africa,” Obama admitted.
Obama did not mention the repeated management flubs in his agencies that spurred him to appoint a new coordinator, and that forced officials to change their procedures for treating people with the deadly disease.
He did find a silver lining for his donors that flattered them as saviors of the world. “This is a virulent disease and it is up to us, once again, to mobilize the world’s community to do something about it, to make sure that not only we’re helping on a humanitarian basis those countries but we’re not seeing a continued epidemic and outbreak that can ultimately have a serious impact here,” he said.
Obama also talked about how Americans are concerned in the election because their wages have stalled and Washington is gridlocked.
But that gridlock is entirely the fault of Republicans, he said. “You don’t see the Democratic Party captive to some wild ideological faction. … There’s a certain faction of Republicans in the Senate as well, have just decided that we are going to not do anything and obstruct any possible progress.”
Obama lost his House majority in 2010 after his pushed through Obamacare without offering compromises to the GOP. He’s expected to lose his majority in the Senate, unless the GOP’s leadership manages to make a major mistake in the next two weeks.