May 15th, 2009
08:26 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama will name NYC health commissioner to head CDC

President Obama has chosen Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, New York City health commissioner, to head the CDC.
President Obama has chosen Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, New York City health commissioner, to head the CDC.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama has chosen Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, New York City health commissioner, to head the CDC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a senior administration official told CNN Friday.

Obama will make the announcement Friday, the official said, who spoke on background because he was not authorized to comment publicly before the official announcement is made.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Jack Burleson

    What's his tax problem?

    May 15, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  2. Mississippi Mike

    Great, will we find out that he didn't pay taxes?

    May 15, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. Kurt C.

    It only took you 3 months and a swine flu outbreak to name a CDC chief. We know Sanjay Gupta was unavailable, did he ask Dr. Doolittle?

    May 15, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. CC for better country direction!

    Yay!

    May 15, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. Keith in Austin

    Any guess whether this guy supports socialized medicine?

    May 15, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Some republican guy

    He's from New York City. He must be a commie liberal. Everyone from New York is. I bet he used to work for ACORN or even worse, the evil obamabots!!!!! Have a nice day!

    May 15, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. Imarriedmy sister in Mississippi

    Im sure he will do a great Job.

    May 15, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. joe smith

    you talk about showing some diversity, seems like the majority of appointments are going to those with strong ties to Israel, and AIPAC..

    May 15, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. Biased

    It's about time. Seems this should have been his top priority ages and ages ago. How many positions in important areas are still left unstaffed or understaffed?

    May 15, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    I wonder how much he will owe in back taxes. He looks like a typical Obama thug.

    May 15, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. nda

    As long as he is not a gray old white republican or down with the GOP, then I'm happy with the choice.

    May 15, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. Mark Cross Junction VA

    How many raffle tickets did he purchase or sell for the Obama campaign? Keep it the family.

    May 15, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. Lynn

    The most childish comments I have read anywhere!

    May 15, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. S Callahan

    My quesiton is ..when venting...did they look at his stance on those that suffered the medical after effects of 911...what was the HC stance in caring for them? Just curious

    May 15, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. Carmellamelanga

    Geezmaneez, the racist anti-Obama vitriolic viewpoints are frightening. I am a US-born Hispanic, a Mexican-American, proud of my country. But Holy Frijoles, I am certainly scared by these so-called "patriots". I'll bet you are all members of the NRA, Daughers of the American Revolution, etc. Get a life, people, turn off Rush Limburger Cheese and get better informed.

    May 15, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. AJK

    Wow. I wasn't aware Frieden is so corrupt.
    The CDC 's website states that ebola is spread by contact, but they have it in the airborne(bio 4) level, as does USAMRIID. They say HCV has a 3.5% transmission rate by needlestick, but rtheir own research says 10 percent. They say we don't have prion diseases – and we don't because they don't document them, don't look, don't wanna know, when the rest of the world is researching and preventing them. I could write VOLUMES about the CDC's lies. So, I guess Frieden fits the mold and will continue this CDC legacy.

    May 15, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |