When President Obama cancelled two fundraiser trips last week to focus on growing concerns about the deadly Ebola virus, there was little doubt he was taking a beating in polls.
With his approval rating and weekend golf game at risk, the president had to act quickly and did just that on Friday when he tagged Democratic operative Ron Klain to be his “Ebola czar.”
To stay on top of the narrative, Obama scheduled a Saturday meeting for “his national security and public health teams to update him on the response to the domestic Ebola cases,” the White House said in a statement.
But the meeting was held AFTER his golf game.
Just as he blew the optics in favor of his beloved golf when American journalist James Foley was beheaded by Islamic State terrorists, Obama spent four hours and 40 minutes on the links Saturday and then convened the meeting.
Without his new Ebola czar, according to Breitbart News.
Klain also skipped a Friday White House strategy session on the issue, Politico reporter Zeke Miller noted in a tweet:
Ron Klain was not in Obama’s meeting on Ebola response today
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) October 18, 2014
.@PressSec on Klain: “He will start very soon, he did not start today”
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) October 17, 2014
According to CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller, the Ebola czar isn’t slated to start in his role until “next week” — highly contagious deadly virus notwithstanding!
Knoller also noted that Saturday was a bright, sunny day. Perfect for golf.
Pres Obama golfing at Ft. Belvoir. Bright sunny Fall day.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 18, 2014
Newly-named Ebola Response Coordinator Ron Klain did not attend the WH meeting. He starts his new job next week, says WH.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 19, 2014
As you might guess, none of this was going over very well on Twitter, with social media users quick to express their frustration. A small sampling from Twitter:
— Sandy (@RightGlockMom) October 18, 2014
— Kristinn Taylor (@KristinnFR) October 18, 2014
@ZekeJMiller Prezzy Stompy Foot doesn’t attend most of HIS meetings, so why should the new disease czar attend any?
— AnnaBanana (@bulliegirl2513) October 18, 2014
Our “phone it in” President, doing the hard work for America. RT@markknoller: Pres Obama golfing at Ft. Belvoir. Bright sunny Fall day.
— Carl Gustav (@CaptYonah) October 18, 2014
— Nancy Thompsen (@Ferry_Queen) October 18, 2014
@markknoller no hurry. It’s only an organ melting disease. Piece of cake.
— Vitamin C (@ChelsTXNorton) October 19, 2014
@markknoller this country is in the best of hands
— PJ (@museisluse) October 19, 2014
— Jim Branch (@jamesbranch3) October 19, 2014
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