April 29th, 2009
10:35 PM ET
5 years ago

How has Obama dealt with the swine flu crisis?

Has Obama adequately responded to the swine flu outbreak?
Has Obama adequately responded to the swine flu outbreak?

As public concern rises over the swine flu outbreak, is Obama's response adequate?

Grade his performance here, and tell us why in the comments.

Voting ended. You gave the president's handling of the swine flu crisis a B+.

soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Rick danuser

    A

    April 29, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  2. maripil

    The Obama administration has handle the crisis excellently. I give them an A+!!

    April 29, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  3. L. Holmes

    I give obama an "A". He has been aggressive in addressing this issue.

    April 29, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  4. chanell b jax fl

    i give him an A

    April 29, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  5. Katherine Bolman, EdD

    I give Obama an A

    April 29, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  6. Jeanette McFellin

    I was excited that he acted so quickly and what about our Seals? I liked that he didn't waver or have to call meetings , he just acted and did what had to be done.

    April 29, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  7. TXDave

    Too early to tell! He gets an A as of now!

    April 29, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  8. gary

    A+

    April 29, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  9. John

    C
    this can't be considered a crisis unless the regular flu, which kills 36k Americans, is considered a crisis as well.

    April 29, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  10. Lori-Ann

    The President needs to be commended for such great decision making in a time of international crisis. Expressing the need for schools to close if a case arises is the way a country needs to be lead.

    April 29, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  11. Kitty

    Obama is a very smart man. He is not a scientist–but I am. He understands that this flu is a new and therefore potentially more pathogenic than a common strain. However, he was also able to see that the symptoms are no worse than usual for most Americans. But most importantly, Obama teaches what he learns to the American people. He explains what he learned and that his conclusion is to be prepared but not panicked.

    April 29, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  12. trombley.cyndee

    A Leading with a calm and making intelligent decisions–His team is doing a great job I trust he will do whats best for the country

    April 29, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  13. Dana H

    A- good response but balancing on the edge of being a little too alarmist

    April 29, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  14. Ripon

    A

    April 29, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  15. Trudy Van Dyke

    He has used the scientific information from epidemiologists at CDC to make assessments and make comments. No hysteria, no xenophobia. It's a nice change.

    April 29, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  16. kate Knudsen

    A

    April 29, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  17. trombley.cyndee

    I give him a A"

    April 29, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  18. Lori-Ann

    I would give him an A+

    April 29, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  19. hanko

    Other then stand on the boarder what can a president do. The Bully pulpit

    April 29, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  20. Carmen

    In Arizona, it was reported from the border crossings here that the U.S. government isn't doing anything to inform people crossing of the epidemic or giving any type of warnings (yesterday 4/28/09). The same is happening in El Paso. Tonight, reports of people leaving Mexico in droves on airplanes. What is the Mexican government doing to prevent the spread of this epidemic and what is the U.S. doing to stop their entry at airports?

    April 29, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  21. Robin (FL)

    I think it has been made a huge hype. It is the strain of the FLU – that's al! All the President needs to say is that the CDC and necessary departments are doing what is necessary for this particular outbreak. THAT'S ALL! Over 36,000 people are killed annually from the regular flu compared to 12 from swine flu annually....so I do not understand the panic that has erupted...NO THANKS TO THE MEDIA!!!!

    Let the CDC and others do their job, make a report ONLY WHEN NECESSARY, and people should just make it a point to wash their hands, stay away from sick people, etc.

    No more to see here....come people...move along....move along....

    April 29, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  22. george w rogers jr

    A-

    April 29, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  23. Joe

    Swine Flu??? I heard him call it M1 or M2 or something on that line tonight. Did not hear him talk or say SWINE FLU. Unless he re-named another term.

    April 29, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  24. Haneefah

    I think that President Obama has gone above what I thought he would. Great Job for 100 days and for My former party the Republicans get a F- for their constant NO to everything that our President has gotten passed and the Great job that OUR President has done.

    President Obama 300

    Republicans 0-

    Hip Hip Horray for our President!

    April 29, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  25. demwit

    Don't worry.., people die every year from the flu.

    April 29, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
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