April 27th, 2009
10:24 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama: Swine flu outbreak cause for 'concern,' not 'alarm'


WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Monday that the swine flu outbreak is a "cause for concern and requires a heightened state of alert," but is not a "cause for alarm."

He added that the federal government is "closely monitoring" emerging cases and had declared a public health emergency as a "precautionary tool to ensure that we have the resources we need at our disposal to respond quickly and effectively."

The president said he is receiving regular briefings on the outbreak, and that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will provide regular updates
to the public.

Obama made his remarks during a speech to the National Academy of Sciences.

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  1. Accountability

    Now just wait for the party of Katrina (Republicans) to pounce on Obama for not resorting to panic...just wait...you know it's coming....

    April 27, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. phoenix86

    He is right. In reality, the Obama administration is much more dangerous to your health and swine flu.

    April 27, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. Samuel

    The last thing we need to do is be alarmed. We need to be warned, cautioned, told the symptoms, told how to prevent spread and what to do if we catch it. It's when we panic that things go to hell in a handbasket.

    I've seen how Obama looks at all sides of a discussion and finds an intelligent solution. He's calm and clear headed. He doesn't want to create a panic but he definitely wants the American people to know the truth. THIS is the type of leadership America needs after 8 years of a fear-mongering deceitful dictator who never put his brain cells to use.

    When I think of all the bad things that have happened over the last 8 years, I can't help but wonder how much better off we'd be if we'd had good, calm, thinking leadership like Obama uses instead of Bush/Cheney and their cronies.

    April 27, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. Chris (SC)

    Again Obama does the right thing and is watching carefully what is going on without going overboard and scaring people for no reason.

    By declaring it a public health emergency he gets to spend federal money to combat the problem. Just think if Bush was in charge for this? Swine flu? what is swine? Forget about that, lets go attack Iran.

    April 27, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. mark

    Obama's socialism is a cause for alarm not the flu!

    April 27, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. issac

    from what I see on tv. I agree with the president it's not something to be afaird of just something for everyone to be careful of

    April 27, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Ron

    So there are 20 people that have the flu. In the US there are 20 gun related death a day. Sorry I'm not wearing a mask because cnn says so.

    April 27, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. Succeeding For All

    Mr. Obama has 26% of Americans that don't view him favorably. This means that 3 out of 4 people DO view him favorably.

    In managing this influenza situation, the Team Obama is far out performing the way Team Bush handled public health & safety emergencies like hurrican Katrina. The proactive tenor, the competence and professionalism are noticably different this time around.

    What would it take to get that 26% to give THE PRESIDENT his props??? Probably nothing less than Jesus himself giving Mr. Obama a "high five" on national television.

    April 27, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Making lemonade outta lemons.
    Box up all the sneezes of flu victims and send them to Kim Jong Il.
    When it absolutely positively has to be there over night!

    April 27, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. DX in TX

    My Cancun vacation is in 3 weeks...can I travel?

    April 27, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. obama/mama

    This is insane. One of my co-workers just came back from Mexico.. What the heck is she doing here.

    April 27, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. alarmed

    we have been given a WARNING, that means there's no longer a watch, it' time to take cover, we do need to be alarmed, this storm is killing people, a possible PANDEMIC.

    April 27, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. obama/mama

    If I sniffle I am off the ER.

    April 27, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. Mike in Fairfax

    @ Chris... Just could't pass that up could you? Any chance to go after Bush... He's Gone!! Live for today Chris. By the way, thanks to his administration's preparations for the bird flu, we're all a bit safer with this new strain. I'm sure you'll find that hard to admit though.

    April 27, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. white female

    Thank you Sir, The Repub's and the Cnn news sat, Sunday, and this morning are such fearmongers, and blow – hard losers to keep blowing things out of the normal.

    Please everyone just settle down, and breath count to ten and move on with living life while it is possible. You make it seem so hard to live now days with this new President in office, listen there is Jobs out here to be filled, educate youseleves, re-educate yourselves, stop trying to bring this Admin. and this President down we have work to do to bring this country back to life. I have two job and love each one of them, go help someone get a job or start them on the right path to getting a job if they don't have one. That gones for YOU"LL IN THE MEDIA, CNN, MSNBC, FOXS CABLE NEWS, WE DON'T LIVE IN THAT BUBBLE THAT YOU'LL DO. It's crunch time out here we hired this New President and he is doing his job each and every day, so let's stop the maddness of critizing and get to work people, starting reporting some good news for a change, or you will soon not have any veiwers, or listerners.

    Good Luck Mr. President, We the people out in the real world with you and your staff like that your doing an awsome JOB.

    April 27, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. Obama speaking incorrectly

    It is nice to be comforting Mr President but you should know a little something about what you are talking about before you open your mouth.

    While Obama is telling his "voters" and "suppporter" there is no cause for confirm, US health officials declared a public health emergency on Sunday, and top global flu experts struggled to predict how dangerous the new A (H1N1) swine flu strain would be as it became clear that they had too little information about Mexico's outbreak which is the leading edge of a global pandemic, this according to top CDC spokespeople yesterday.

    I hope Obmam is not as cavalier in this assessment and remarks when it comes to terrorist threats and attacks

    April 27, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. 29% of Americans are TRAITORS for wanting America to FAIL and 71% of Americans to SUFFER!

    A President that gives thoughtful, measured responses.

    What a change from the last 8 years of "gut reaction".

    You do know what substance is in the "gut" which is usually exactly the result of such actions.

    April 27, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  18. munchmom

    Do you think he will be "alarmed" if his fashionista wife and precious girls were to contract the disease???? I certainly don't wish ANY harm to his family, but he needs to wake up and "smell the coffee", because it won't go away by pretending it is not a threat. Get with the program, prez!

    April 27, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. FreeNLovIt

    Relax. The reason we havent died from the swine flu is because I believe we are used to the flu viruses. Open Flu Season for America starts from December to March. During that time, most of us have been exposed or been infected with the flu viruses. For the most part, we usually get our flu shot too so it's not a fatal event. For Mexico, I think that country is a tropical warm country right? (I have never been there) So they never had to respond yearly to flu threat like we do. Therefore, the disease becomes fatal to them.

    I remember one year, I had bronchitis for an ENTIRE year and then after that, I never had it ever again. My boss and my co-workers would have it and would cough it out all around me, but I was never infected with it. My stupid boss, after he had had it for X months, he finally checked in and got treated for it.

    April 27, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. Brett

    not to be alarm? I bet Obama will call the ALARM if there is swine flu in DC.

    there is case in Ohio, I SHOULD have to prepare for alarm.

    Geez, Obama all talker...

    April 27, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. stag

    Control of the swine flu should be subcontracted to China. BHO has no idea what to do, so he does nothing.

    IMO, we should close the border with mexico and screen all incoming passangers. No, wait, we cann't do that because it would be profiling and offend Mexico. But that's okay, a few dead Americans is just not important here.

    April 27, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. John in Ohio

    Imagine how Bush would have screwed this up, and McCain would have bombed Mexico. We're very lucky to have Obama as president for this.

    We already saw how Bush responded to national emergencies... his motto was "better late then never".

    April 27, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. Too True For You

    The conservatives got it half right – it isn't some mindless virus to be feared, it is mindless right wing extremists.

    April 27, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. Tina, NC

    I bet them same people that are on here being critical of Obama for this are the same people who criticized him back in the campaign for the Avian Flu Act he introduced. Back then it was a waste of money and down right socialist. Republicans are so predictable.

    April 27, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. decent american

    interesting, always a political angle... lets see if politics can solve a sickness. will we all be hollering bush/obama if this ting does turn deadly now ir a little later and sickens or kills someone in our falily or us? how shallow and petty we have become. we deserve to be wiped off the planet actually...

    April 27, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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