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Wednesday, March 04, 2020

President Trump accused former President Barack Obama of making a "detrimental" decision during his time in office that led to the country's short supply of test kits for the novel coronavirus

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fu@k you fat boy!

You've been in office for years and did as bad a jobs as you could when the first cases were reported in America.

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2020-03-04 05:49 PM | Reply

Ten dead and the bloated------------'s response is to muzzle the CDC.

#2 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2020-03-04 05:52 PM | Reply

Trump Blames Obama for Virus Testing Woes

Right on cue ...

#3 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-03-04 05:55 PM | Reply

I thought it was a hoax?

#4 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-03-04 05:57 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Shame on you, President Obama!

#5 | Posted by contrecoup at 2020-03-04 05:57 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Strange, Trump had claimed the number of cases would be "close to zero" by now.

#6 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2020-03-04 05:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Of course Trump HAD to move on to the "It's Obama's fault" excuse. After all, his first two tried-and-true reactions, "Nothing to see here" and "It's all a hoax", failed miserably.

OCU

#7 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-03-04 06:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

@#3 ... Right on cue ... ...

It took him a couple days more than I thought it would.

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-03-04 06:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

He was still working his first two stories...

OCU

#9 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-03-04 07:08 PM | Reply

Any one that buys that excuse from him is a pathetic moron. Trump has had 3 years to undo anything he disagreed with Obama about, he's just a liar and a scum bag who can't take responsibility for his on actions.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2020-03-04 07:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

The Party of Personal Responsibility strikes again.

#11 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-03-04 07:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

#11 | Posted by ClownShack

You have that right. Nothing says personal responsibility like blaming it on someone else 3 years after you took office replacing them and then dismantled your predecessor's pandemic response group...

#12 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-03-04 08:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

I'm surprised we don't have Jeff in here telling us it's a joke, and ROC in here comparing it to something Obama did in 2009.

#13 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-03-04 09:42 PM | Reply

Of course Trump HAD to move on to the "It's Obama's fault" excuse. After all, his first two tried-and-true reactions, "Nothing to see here" and "It's all a hoax", failed miserably.
OCU

#7 | POSTED BY OCUSER

Soon we'll have "yeah so what if he f---ed up the response, it's not illegal anyway".

Followed by "if Trump thinks people dying from COVID-19 is in the best interests of the country then by definition it's in the best interests of the country".

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2020-03-04 10:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I'm surprised we don't have Jeff in here telling us it's a joke, and ROC in here comparing it to something Obama did in 2009.

#13 | POSTED BY CLOWNSHACK

Righties in general have been pretty silent regarding the botched response.

I think even they know Trump is NOT the "leader" we need for something like this.

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2020-03-04 10:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Righties in general have been pretty silent regarding the botched response.

I think even they know Trump is NOT the "leader" we need for something like this.

#15 | POSTED BY JPW

There is so much conflicting information out there. There is so much de ja vous regarding overhyped epidemics that never amounted to much. There is WAY too much insertion of partisan politics on all sides any time something like this pops up.

Personally I've refrained from offering an opinion on how to deal with Dos Equis virus because I am unsure of the severity and potential implications of it.

#16 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-04 10:24 PM | Reply

Yup. Trump was spreading misinformation in the press conference and via twitter.

Listen to the experts.

Observe what China did and the impact.

If it is contained it wont be that bad in the Americas. But it looks like asymptomatic people are spreading a novel and contagious virus with a 2% death rate. That is very bad. The US is way behind Canada in testing. Testing and isolation is essential for containment. The US public health system isn't up to the task.

#17 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-04 10:57 PM | Reply

And it mostly kills Olde Peoples, his voters, but apparently he does not worry about that and must believe voters are just constantly flocking to him because of his personal magnetism and profound religious significance. The guy is insane.

#18 | Posted by grumpy_too at 2020-03-05 12:14 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The US public health system isn't up to the task.

#17 | Posted by bored

The "US public health system" has never been very comprehensive when you come down to it, except for perhaps Medicare and Medicaid. Granted, we have the CDC, but that's more of a reactive agency (for example, Congress has banned all research into ways of preventing or even mitigating one of the nation's biggest killers of young people, gun violence) and Trump has been targeting it ever since he discovered that it was full of 'scientists', and you know how dangerous they can be if left to work on the things that they think are important. And as for Medicare and Medicaid, if Trump and his Republican minions had their way, we wouldn't even have mush of that anymore either.

OCU

#19 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-03-05 02:06 AM | Reply

OCU

"And as for Medicare and Medicaid, if Trump and his Republican minions had their way, we wouldn't even have mush of that anymore either."

That appears to be the case.

The Trump administration is on a mission to cut, gut and incrementally dismantle entitlements as fast as Congress can sneak the legislation past their constituents in an off-election year.

That's probably the #1 reason, at least on the domestic front, that voters need to put this would-be dictator out to pasture in November, no matter how hard he kicks and screams.

I'd like to see him in prison but America does not have a history of imprisoning their former bad presidents. Unlike some eastern block countries, (for the moment at least) we just destroy them politically so they can't hurt anybody ever again.

#20 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-03-05 02:38 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I meant public health as in:
Public health has been defined as "the science and art of preventing disease", prolonging life and improving quality of life through organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals". Analyzing the determinants of health of a population and the threats it faces is the basis for public health. The public can be as small as a handful of people or as large as a village or an entire city; in the case of a pandemic it may encompass several continents. The concept of health takes into account physical, psychological, and social well-being. As such, according to the World Health Organization, it is not merely the absence of disease or infirmity and more recently, a resource for everyday living.

Not the opposite of private health care. The US has excellent individual health care for the rich or well insured. Public health care is focused on the population as a whole and includes vaccination practices, food and water safety etc. The US is great on many aspects of public health, but not great on communicable diseases.

It will be interesting to see how different countries in the Americas fair with Corona. China ignored it, then cracked down hard. Iran is just finding out how bad their situation is. Italy and Japan have closed schools. I expect all countries will limit large gatherings in the coming months. No one knows if that will work.

#21 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-05 02:38 AM | Reply

BORED

"It will be interesting to see how different countries in the Americas fair with Corona. "

We already know how Trump is handling it. He dropped the ball.

We're all supposed to comforted by Trump/Pence platitudes and false praise of the Trump administration when they claim Trump's "extraordinary" response to Corona-19, but action speaks louder than word. Even after knowing about this highly communicable disease since January, Trump gutted the CDC and made us the least prepared country on the planet.

I truly believe that Trump & Company just crossed their fingers and hoped that the virus wouldn't interfere with his re-election in November.

I also believe that position hasn't changed one iota to this date.

#22 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-03-05 03:06 AM | Reply

Even Lamar Alexander, ever a sad, wet noodle of a figure, is begging : "My advice to the president and the vice president is let the professionals do the talking."

Problem is, Pence is clearly in way above his fighting weight while Trump just can't shut his mouth. And neither of them seems to know anything worth knowing.

#23 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2020-03-05 05:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

There is so much conflicting information out there. There is so much de ja vous regarding overhyped epidemics that never amounted to much.

I always forget I don't have the perspective of a layperson.

I've never found previous epidemics "overhyped", found the public health responses warranted and recognize that those responses are likely why it doesn't get as bad as people think it should.

I also think people have a grossly misinformed idea of what a pandemic means.

Personally I've refrained from offering an opinion on how to deal with Dos Equis virus because I am unsure of the severity and potential implications of it.

#16 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

That information is out there. Even if you were skeptical of the numbers being released by the Chinese, we now have good info from Italy and Iran, which are pretty close to each other, and isn't that far off from the stats from China.

3-3.5% aggregate case fatality rate.

Less than 1% if your younger than your 50's and healthy (ie without underlying health conditions). Percentages then rise steadily through 60's, 70's and 80's, probably because of the prevalence of preexisting conditions in those age brackets.

Preexisting conditions that seem to be a problem are what you'd expect-cancer, hypertension, chronic lung diseases, diabetes or cardiovascular diseases.

#24 | Posted by jpw at 2020-03-05 09:41 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The US is great on many aspects of public health, but not great on communicable diseases.

How exactly would you improve it?

#25 | Posted by jpw at 2020-03-05 09:44 AM | Reply

Trump is now suggesting that even if you only have some mild symptoms of the virus, that you should still go to work. After all, he's saying that most people will get better. He also thinks that it would be unfair to count these people, who are able to go to work, as being infected if they're just going to get better in a few days anyway.

OCU

#26 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-03-05 12:35 PM | Reply

Trump is now suggesting that even if you only have some mild symptoms of the virus, that you should still go to work. After all, he's saying that most people will get better. He also thinks that it would be unfair to count these people, who are able to go to work, as being infected if they're just going to get better in a few days anyway.

OCU

#26 | POSTED BY OCUSER AT 2020-03-05 12:35 PM | REPLY

The most important part of a government response to a national crisis is communication. When you have a pathologically dishonest narcissist at the top of that government, the response is doomed to fail. Public confidence in the story you're tell is critical to a successful conclusion.

Our only hope is that someone in his administration can somehow break through the curtain of self-centeredness to let epidemiologists and other experts drive the bus. Transparency and a commitment to the truth must combine with proven containment efforts. Not everything the administration has done to limit the spread of this disease has been terrible. But you can't downplay the threat and you can't go with a hunch in discounting information coming from the WHO and CDC. They know far more than Trump does.

#27 | Posted by cbob at 2020-03-05 01:17 PM | Reply

Let's assume Der Dotard is 100% right about this. The question then becomes "So what? What are you and your minions doing about the problem?"

Blame doesn't get you far when folks are dying...

#28 | Posted by catdog at 2020-03-05 03:54 PM | Reply

My understanding is the Restriction was never put in place.

Trump is blaming a rule that never happened.

#29 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-03-05 04:56 PM | Reply

but please, tell me again how lying 16000 times in 3.5 years, obvious nepotism, worst/most unqualified Cabinet in history, daily mental instability in public, weekly visits to resorts where he bills taxpayers and pockets the profits, pissing off all of our allies, sucking up to Putin/Kim, daily accusations of the media being the enemy of the people, laying in bed every morning and night-MAYBE working five hours a day M-F, and basically every day insulting every voter who did not vote for him is "making America great again." Go right ahead.

#30 | Posted by e1g1 at 2020-03-05 05:07 PM | Reply

And now Trump is making the argument that he has more to offer African-American voters than anyone else who might be running this November and he particularly focused on Joe Biden, siting the 1994 Crime Bill, which he's calling the "Biden-Obama law". Now I'll admit that Joe Biden was a Senator in 1994 and was involved in this bill, but in 1994 Barack Obama was a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, hardly a platform from which he could have been involved in co-authoring legislation which was before the House and Senate in Washington, DC.

And if this is an example of the type of campaign Trump is going to be running for the next eight months, we're all in for a wild ride.

OCU

#31 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-03-05 07:03 PM | Reply

The White House missed its 1,000,0000 test kits goal this week by 925,000.

So much winning.

#32 | Posted by anton at 2020-03-06 06:53 AM | Reply

"Trump Abruptly Cancels Trip to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention"

Instead of the Corona Virus "crisis" Trump will go to Tennessee to view Tornado damage (as he should).
Then it is off to Mar a Lago where he will golf, eat, and charge the Federal Government for his SS protection rooms.

A minor health crisis like a pandemic is less important than Trump's mini Vacations.

#33 | Posted by randomcanyon at 2020-03-06 09:34 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Has this orange piece of crap ever admitted to ever making a mistake? No.

Classic narcissist.

#34 | Posted by kudzu at 2020-03-06 09:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"And now Trump is making the argument that he has more to offer African-American voters than anyone else who might be running this November and he particularly focused on Joe Biden, siting the 1994 Crime Bill, which he's calling the "Biden-Obama law"."

Full page ads, billboards and Facebook ads, etc. should flood the minds of voters showing Trump demanding the Central Park 5 be executed....even after they were exhonerated. He has never apologized for it to this day. If he consents to a debate he should be asked if he is ready to finally apologize for his vendetta against those young men.
There is virtually nothing that Biden can be accused of the you can't prove Trump did worse, more of, and hasn't, in any way, reformed his thinking about minorities.
BTW, that black guy that called Trump the first black President is an ass kissing sychophant of the worst kind. I wanted to puke after reading that.

#35 | Posted by danni at 2020-03-06 10:33 AM | Reply

I thought Bill Clinton was the first 'Black' president...

That being said, and there has been research on this, the real first Black president was perhaps Warren G. Harding. It was said that he was a 'quadroon', 1/8 black, in this case, on his father's side. And back in 1920, when he was elected president, all it took to be legally considered Black in this country was to have at least one great-grandparent who was a negro, thus making one a quadroon. I must note however that there have been claims made by members of the Harding family, that DNA testing has shown that this was not true. Now he had only one child, and that was a daughter, fathered out-of-wedlock, while he was president. She died in 2005 but she did have three children of her own, so I guess this could be true.

OCU

#36 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-03-06 12:02 PM | Reply

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