NBC’s late night weekend comedy series “Saturday Night Live” took Obama supporters by surprise this past weekend when the show’s opening sequence delivered harsh criticism of his administration’s Ebola bumbling.
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Saturday’s cold open [see below] depicted Obama attempting to deflect criticism by listing off various items from his second year term he thought were actually worse than unleashing the fast-killing Ebola virus on the American populace, which he considered “probably one of my greatest accomplishments” in comparison.
Some people want to criticize the way our administration has handled this crisis, and it’s true we made a few mistakes early on. But I assure you, that was nowhere near as bad as how we handled the ISIS situation, our varied Secret Service mishaps, or the scandals of the IRS and the NSA. And I don’t know if you guys remember, but the Obamacare website had some pretty serious problems too.
In fact if you look at all the stuff that’s happened my second term, this whole Ebola thing is probably one of my greatest accomplishments.
Obama’s new Ebola czar Ron Klain next fields questions regarding his lack of medical authority, in addition to the fact that the U.S. refuses to halt flights from Ebola-stricken regions in West Africa. The Klain character then jokes about red state voters staying home to avoid Ebola, while Latino voters have immunity to the virus and should head to the polls.
It’s certainly refreshing to see the left-leaning, Comcast Corporation-owned network issuing jabs at the president, especially considering they’re one of Obama’s largest donors, contributin
g over $300,000 to his 2012 presidential campaign.
The show’s jabs are also surprising in light of former Tonight Show host Jay Leno’s recent termination, whom it was speculated was canned for his consistent criticism of the president’s policies.
As Hotair.com points out, though the critique is light, its timing is pretty “startling” ahead of the November elections.
“This episode is their second to last before the midterms and they’re currently enjoying something of a resurgence in their ratings. That’s why it’s startling to see such an unabashed take-down of nearly all of Obama’s second term scandals now,” writes Jazz Shaw.
Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Dr. Nicole Lurie contradicted President Barack Obama’s claim that the Ebola virus couldn’t be contracted by sitting next to an Ebola victim on a bus during testimony in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
During questioning by Republican Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie, Lurie acknowledged that the Ebola virus “can survive” on inert surfaces and that methods of transmission “include perspiration.”
International Medical Corps. official Rabih Torbay also said that transmission via close proximity on a bus “could be possible” through perspiration, while Marine Corps Major General James Lariviere remarked that the virus, “can be transmitted through sweat.”
Lurie’s remarks contradict advice given by President Barack Obama earlier this month when he told residents of West African countries, “You cannot get it through casual contact like sitting next to someone on a bus.”
Obama repeated the claim during an October 18 video message to Americans when he stated, “You cannot get it [Ebola] from just riding on a plane or a bus.” The President made the remarks one day after a bus that had departed from the Pentagon was quarantined after a passenger became sick.
The Centers for Disease Control’s official guidelines for anyone who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus include, “avoiding public transportation” and all other travel.
Meanwhile, Congressman Peter King caused controversy when he questioned the notion, repeatedly asserted by the likes of the CDC, that the Ebola virus had not gone airborne.
“You know my attitude was, it’s important not to create a panic and it’s important not to overreact and the doctors were absolutely certain that this cannot be transmitted and it was not airborne, and yet we find out the people who have contracted it were wearing all protective gear,” said King, adding that he would be concerned about being in close proximity to a potential victim in a supermarket or a dentist’s office.