Obama declares swine flu a national emergency

President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency and empowered his health secretary to suspend federal requirements and speed treatment for thousands of infected people. Read more
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Tom Shakopee

Shakopee, MN

#1 Oct 24, 2009
Another attempt to look like he knows what he's doing. Obama then thinks people will believe his lies about Healthcare. Obama and his Presidency will go down in history as an abject failure. Herbert Hoover meet Barry Obama.
Molly

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Oct 24, 2009
I am hoping someone at the Pioneer Press does an article questioning why Minnesota has received so few H1N1 vacinnation doses to date. The District of Columbia is reported on the government web site as having "localized" outbreaks only and only ONE hospitalization and ZERO deaths... yet they are having FREE vaccine clinics right now for Pregnant Woman AND youth. You can see on their web site that many of the clinics have already taken place. What about the pregnant woman and youth in Minnesota- a state where due to the climate we are more often in close quarters and where we have an Epidemic NOW. The government is playing games with our health and I'm outraged.
Jim Bob

Denver, CO

#3 Oct 24, 2009
Poor Tom. All of this pent up frustration and the only place to release it is this lame message board.
Ma Kettle

Fergus Falls, MN

#4 Oct 24, 2009
Make Obama and his wife and kids take the N1H1 vacine first. When we have proof they have all taken it, I will consider our family not before. Obama has had the regular flu shot, but not N1H1. Does that mean he knows it is dangerous and just lies? Makes me wonder.
Nothing new

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Oct 24, 2009
The virus would have a long way to go to match the roughly 36,000 deaths that seasonal influenza causes in the United States each year.

"That happens on an annual basis," Dr. Brian Currie said Tuesday. Currie is vice president and medical director at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York.
Clueless

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Oct 24, 2009
Jim Bob wrote:
Poor Tom. All of this pent up frustration and the only place to release it is this lame message board.
Yet you are here reading it, hmmmm..........
and commenting on it, too, hmmmmm..........

I get a little clueless sometimes, but that sounds to me like a lot of pent up
frustration and only one place to release it..........

But then, I could be wrong, hmmmm..........

“Let's put a smile on that face”

Since: Jan 09

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Oct 24, 2009
Never let a good crisis go to waste. How is this flu season different than any other flu season we've had?
Beaver Cleaver

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Oct 24, 2009
"The man who would be prezident". What an idiot. Where was the panic when 36,000 people died from the flu last year? Oh, yeah, I forgot he needed to becaome CEO of GM that year. Moron.
A Proud American

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Oct 24, 2009
Beaver Cleaver wrote:
"The man who would be prezident". What an idiot. Where was the panic when 36,000 people died from the flu last year? Oh, yeah, I forgot he needed to becaome CEO of GM that year. Moron.
Who are YOU to call anyone an idiot or moron? Keep your family names in the family.
Get Real

AOL

#11 Oct 24, 2009
I blame Obama for the shortage of vaccinations.
Beaver Cleaver

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Oct 24, 2009
A Proud American wrote:
<quoted text>
Who are YOU to call anyone an idiot or moron? Keep your family names in the family.
You are an idiot as well, same as anyone supports this brainless moron...you should ne neither proud or call yourself an American.
Clueless

Mayer, MN

#13 Oct 24, 2009
I don't support this President; I do, however,
support someone's right to. I guess that means
I'm not an American to you.

As for you family, June would have sent you to your
room and Ward would have "clobbered" you, as Wally
would have put it.
Clueless

Mayer, MN

#14 Oct 24, 2009
Sorry, that last post was for the Beav.
:)
Steve

Hønefoss, Norway

#15 Oct 24, 2009
nitrain wrote:
Never let a good crisis go to waste. How is this flu season different than any other flu season we've had?
1) New influensa strain that hardly anyone is immune to from before, neither young nor old.

2) Influensa strain that spreads pretty quickly - it made it from being a local outbreak in Mexico to being established over the whole world in 3 months. Outside the normal influenza season ...

3) Median age of people who die from "normal" seasonal influenza is 83, from 2009 H1A1 median age is 50-some (ie quite a few younger people also die, not just old people).

Is it the black plague? Nope. But it certainly has a potensial for maybe doubling the deaths from influenza in the US this year - say 20 - 30 000 _extra_ deaths (beyond the 35 000 or so elderly people who kick the bucket in a normal year due to the strain of influenza on a worn out body).

That is fairly bad for the families who lose fairly young husbands, wives or kids instead of grandparents or great grandparents who are old and has lived a full life.

That is how this flu is different. Up to you if you instead want to believe in crackpot theories about how it is all a big conspiracy/sham to make money for pharmaceutical companies.

A Proud American

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Oct 24, 2009
Beaver Cleaver wrote:
<quoted text>
You are an idiot as well, same as anyone supports this brainless moron...you should ne neither proud or call yourself an American.
There you go again, idiot moron. Just can't keep those names in your family, can you? And I am both proud and glad to call myself an American.
Clueless

Mayer, MN

#17 Oct 24, 2009
Steve wrote:
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1) New influensa strain that hardly anyone is immune to from before, neither young nor old.
2) Influensa strain that spreads pretty quickly - it made it from being a local outbreak in Mexico to being established over the whole world in 3 months. Outside the normal influenza season ...
3) Median age of people who die from "normal" seasonal influenza is 83, from 2009 H1A1 median age is 50-some (ie quite a few younger people also die, not just old people).
Is it the black plague? Nope. But it certainly has a potensial for maybe doubling the deaths from influenza in the US this year - say 20 - 30 000 _extra_ deaths (beyond the 35 000 or so elderly people who kick the bucket in a normal year due to the strain of influenza on a worn out body).
That is fairly bad for the families who lose fairly young husbands, wives or kids instead of grandparents or great grandparents who are old and has lived a full life.
That is how this flu is different. Up to you if you instead want to believe in crackpot theories about how it is all a big conspiracy/sham to make money for pharmaceutical companies.
You know, you had me right up until the end. I agreed with virtually everything you said up until the Pharmaceutical company
remark. If there is a conspiracy theory out there, it is about
trying to force health insurance on everybody, not about profit for
drug companies. And I guess it is up to you if you want to think
that THAT theory is a crackpot one; an awful lot of people don't.

And just an aside; my radar goes up anytime the gov't of any administration releases information later on a Friday night, knowing it will get buried somewhere in Saturday's papers and news
shows (the least read and/or watched of the week). Pick a subject
and I a at least a little suspicious of the timing.

In the end, you may very well be right about the flu, and the people who think this administration might use it for the health
care bills they want to push may be just as right. We should all
tread lightly on this one.
White Flour

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Oct 24, 2009
Jim Bob wrote:
Poor Tom. All of this pent up frustration and the only place to release it is this lame message board.
Tom is right Billy Joe Jim Bob.
Emergency

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Oct 24, 2009
The real emergency is working to defeat the socialist policies being perpetrated upon the American People.
Molly

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Oct 24, 2009
DC has received 33,900 doses of the vaccine. Minnesota has received 117,100 doses. Minnesota has a population of 4.9 million and DC a population of 555,000. We've received roughly enough for 2.5% of our population while they have received enough for roughly 6% of theirs. What gives?
Chev Chelios

Chanhassen, MN

#21 Oct 24, 2009
Tom Shakopee wrote:
Another attempt to look like he knows what he's doing. Obama then thinks people will believe his lies about Healthcare. Obama and his Presidency will go down in history as an abject failure. Herbert Hoover meet Barry Obama.
I will say to those dumping on you Tom, that oddly, since Obama took office, it seems that we go from one "crisis" to another. Everything must be done now or we will be in ruin. I see little action, lots of partys, flying AF 1 and 2 all over the world, this entire admin. has little credibility left, except for the hard left.

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