What does President Obama, Elmo, and ever worry wart yenta and soccer mom in this great land of ours have in common???
Yup... they are freaking out with SWINE FLU MANIA!!!!
That's right folks... in case you did not get enough earlier in the year, Swine Flu, Part II has come back (as though a bunch of politicians and "respected" scientists had predicted it would...).
"I don't want anybody to be alarmed, but I do want everybody to be prepared." was the warning from President Obama to the American people on the day when the Federal Government decided to join forces with Sesame Street character Elmo to warm the American people on Swine Flu safety. The effort, a joint effort between the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Education with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit group behind Sesame Street, is essentially a huge photo op and a bunch of ads telling kids all about Swine Flu safety. The ads consist of the red Muppet dancing around spastically singing "Wash with Elmo. Wash, Wash, Wash..."
But with all these precautions being put in play it would be nice if we had some sort of concrete threat.
President Obama, is there an imminent threat to the American people from Swine Flu???
"The way it's moving is still somewhat unpredictable. But what I'm absolutely confident about is that our team that's assembled here has done an extraordinary job in preparing for whatever may happen."
Sounds vaguely like "the evil doers hate us for our freedoms", don't it?
According to the Federal Government worst case scenarios, 90,000 people are expect to die from exposure to the A(H1N1) virus [SWINE FLU!!!!!]. Since first rearing its ugly snouted head in America in April, Swine Flu has been linked to 2 million reported cases and 522 deaths.
There is still no vaccine for the Swine Flu virus, but the White House promises that the vaccine will be here "soon". But before we all start taping our windows and spending our meager saving on surgical masks, the President has some calming words of logic and reason...
"Stay home if you're sick. Wash your hands frequently. Cover your sneezes with your sleeve, not your hands. And take all the necessary precautions to stay healthy."
Problem solved, hey Barry...