By John W. Lillpop
American history is replete with examples of bold, courageous actions taken by US Presidents which have led the nation through dark and dangerous times: George Washington crossing the Delaware; Abraham Lincoln fighting to preserve the republic by ending slavery; FDR leading US into World War 11 after Pearl Harbor; and John Kennedy and the Cuban Missile crisis, are but a few of the more dramatic instances of exceptional leadership by great men when it mattered most.
Now, add to the list of historic figures the name of Barack Hussein Obama who, on October 15, 2014, showed the world that American Exceptionalism is still alive and well, notwithstanding leftist critics who argue otherwise.
President Obama, faced with the horrible potential of the Ebola crisis, stepped up to the plate and smacked a grand-slam-homer for America, and all of humanity, by exhibiting a “testosterone moment” that will be remember forever.
To begin with, the president set aside petty partisan politics, at least temporarily, and answered the more urgent call of the health and safety of the American people.
Specifically, as reported, Obama cancelled a scheduled fundraiser just weeks away from an election which threatens to end Democrat party control of the US Senate, and which could make life even more difficult for the president and his Marxist agenda:
“President Obama won't be traveling to New Jersey and Connecticut later today, as he had been planning to do. There he was going to raise money for Democrats up for reelection in November. Instead, Obama is going to be hosting Cabinet members for a meeting on Ebola.
White House aide Dan Pfeiffer tweets: "Later this afternoon, POTUS will convene a meeting at the White House of cabinet agencies coordinating the government’s Ebola response."
Now THAT takes guts and dedication to the values that really matter most in America!
As if that were not enough, Barack Obama went even further by making note of his own personal courage and sacrifice.
President Obama declared Wednesday that the dangers of a widespread Ebola outbreak in the United States are "extraordinarily low," pointing to his own contact with medical personnel treating a patient infected with the virus.
Speaking to reporters after a meeting with cabinet secretaries and other top federal officials, Obama said Ebola is being "taken very seriously at the highest levels of government," but stressed that the risk of infection for the average American remains very low.
Obama said he had been in close contact with nurses at Emory University hospital who cared for two American Ebola patients.
"I shook hands with, hugged and kissed not the doctors, but a couple of the nurses at Emory, because of the valiant work that they did in treating one of the patients. They followed the protocols, they knew what they were doing, and I felt perfectly safe doing so," he said.”
Imagine that: A sitting US president actually shaking hands, and hugging and kissing nurses who treated an Ebola victim!
Where in the annals of US history is there a more splendid example of courage and leadership on the part of the “most powerful man in the world”?
Of course, Obama’s hugs and kisses make excellent sound bites, but in no way do they do excuse the fact that Obama has still not imposed a travel ban or taken other more forceful actions to protect we the people from Ebola.
Sorry, Barry, but handshakes, and hugs and kisses are NOT the sort of leadership that America needs when it comes to Ebola!