September 20th, 2009
12:14 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama: Family 'will stand in line like everybody else' for vaccine


WASHINGTON (CNN) - The nation's first family will not get any special dispensation when it comes to the much awaited vaccine for the H1N1 virus, President Obama tells CNN.

Asked about plans for his family's health in an interview that airs Sunday on CNN's State of the Union, the president said he intends to consult with his Health and Human Services Secretary and the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"And whatever they tell me to do, I will do," Obama told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.

"[H]ere's what I guarantee you," Obama also told King, "We want to get vaccinated. We think it's the right thing to do. We will stand in line like everybody else. And when folks say it's our turn, that's when we'll get it."

The president said high-risk populations for the H1N1 virus - like health care workers, pregnant women - and children will be first in line for vaccinations against the disease, also known as the "swine flu." So he speculated that his two daughters, who are both under the age of 12, would likely get vaccinated before him.

"I suspect that I may come fairly far down the line," Obama said.

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soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. sensible Cape Coral FL

    I can't wait to see what the lunatic fringe will make out of this common sense comment. Should be memorable like all the crap they post.

    September 20, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  2. Terry from West Texas

    So I don't hear so much from all of you who said last that the H1N1 virus was nothing, the government was behaving stupidly as usual, and that H1N1 was no threat to public health. Apparently it is turning out to be more of a threat than you thought.

    It is alarming how many of our citizens think that their completely uneducated opinion on global warming, children's vaccines, public health policy, etc. outweighs the opinions of a few thousand scientists who have been researching the area for decades. I am particularly discouraged by those parents who don't allow their children to be vaccinated, keeping alive the childhood diseases which should now be a thing of the past.

    I feel the same way about parents who think that their opinion of the earth's ancient history outweighs the opinions of thousands of scientists when it comes to the school curriculum, like whether to teach evolution.

    September 20, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. GM

    vaccine, smaccine

    September 20, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  4. John G

    Frankly, as with most things he says, I'll believe it when I see it

    September 20, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. Pat Buchanan

    No way arer we going to get vaccinated! I think the dangers of the Swine Flu are being way over-hyped by the media and drug company and do not believe it is more dangerous then any other strain of flu out there.

    A HUGE concern is that the Swin Flu vaccine maker supposedly CANNOT BE SUED if there are any deaths or severe reactions to its vaccine. What does that tell you?

    From what I've been reading a person has over a 99% chance of being TOTALLY FINE if they catch the swine flu.

    As with the Cervical cancer 'vaccine' this Swine Flu vaccine is being pushed by drug companies for their own personal profit. Many more people die every year from prescription medicines than from FLU AND CERVICAL cancer combined! Consumer beware!

    September 20, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Willy Brown

    Yeah right.

    September 20, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. Sure they'll stand in line........

    truth be told, they already have their shots......YOU will wait in line.

    September 20, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. Lame duck before year two

    No special treatment coward?

    Just like when Shelly ran out of some spices the other day and for a photo-op (they have ben hiding her) and went out shopping, not a big deal with the exception being they had to cordone off streets, pay extra police details, stop traffic, pretty much shut down an area at the cost of THOUSANDS of dollars, so Shelly could get some spices.

    So save the "no special treatment" BS, maybe the sheep buy that garbage, but the rest that didn't guzzle the orange kool-aid "aint".

    Get the shots, good thing FOR ALL of US, but save the latest lie about "no special treatment".

    Maybe I will just add it to the ever growing list of lies and "misspeaks".

    September 20, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. Linda

    Obama says he'll "stand in line" for the vaccination. Does anyone actually believe that statement? First of all, if there were any possible serious risk related to this phony swine flu scare , he would be first in line, and rightly so. Something smells fishy in Denmark.
    Either: 1. the swine flu scare is phony or 2. Obama is totally naive or 3. he is lying... take your pick.

    September 20, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  10. Debra R

    Obama ar you kidding me?????? You know full well that as POTUS you are always first in line. And that is as it should be. You and your family are more at risk of contracting the disease. Quit with the disingenious remarks.

    Terry: Even scientists cannot agree on global warming and it's causes just like they could not agree on global cooling when Carter was president. I am always amazed that Darwin's THEORY of evolution has never been conclusively proven but is indoctrinated in schoold as FACT. Science is a good thing but until the Theory has enough imperical evidence, then we are not dealing with FACT.

    September 20, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  11. victim of republican greed

    Every elected republican who denounces health reform should give up their own cushy plan, that we, the tax payers pay for. When that happens, then they have the right to say there should be no public plan.

    September 20, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  12. victim of republican greed

    I remember a few years ago, when the vaccine became available, and children were to be the first to be vaccinated, and Dick Cheney made sure he was the first to get it. If he was on the Titanic, he would have put himself in the lifeboats before any child.

    September 20, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  13. Kathleen

    Remember the outrage over the budget, with John Boehner OMGing all over the airwaves? The allocation for swine research provoked the mirth of the mindless more than any other line item. Any questions now?

    September 20, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. bob

    Obama is right we should all get vaccinated. H1N1 is a killer.

    September 20, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. Puddin'

    Hey, this guy's time is more valuable and useful for everyone if he is not standing in a long line for hours for a flu shot. How about we all vote to give his Dr. (who follows him around all day) the go-ahead and take the vaccine into the oval office. His family can show the good example of standing in a long line as everyone else will.

    September 20, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. Death Panel Sarah

    To Debra R....
    REAL scientists DO AGREE on global warming. It's just the hacks that work for industry that cast doubt. They are PAID to cast doubt.
    Next time, do some research outside talk radio before posting and save us all from having to deal with your stupidity!

    September 20, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. Death Panel Sarah

    Actually, Debra R, evolution is considered a fact among mast all scientists now. The only holdouts in the world are the religious cons here!

    September 20, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  18. Amy

    What I'd like to know is when the regular flu vaccine will be available! I got my shot at Walgreen's, but they won't vaccinate children there. I called my local hospital, town health dept, walk-in, clinic, area pharmacies, and of course, my own doctor and kids' pediatrician. NO ONE seems to have it, no one seems to know when they'll get it, and no one can direct me to anyplace that can give it to my kids. I live in the CT suburbs, not some remote place in the middle of nowhere. My daughter suffers from severe asthma and each passing day that she does not have the immunization is making me worry. Why the delay in this one? Is it going to be just as difficult, or more so, once the H1N1 vaccine or mist is ready?

    September 20, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  19. phoenix86

    Obama is going to stand in a line all right. It will be a line consisting of the Obama family only. Welcome to Obamacare.

    September 20, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. SRK

    Another CNN lovefest with the current POTUS. When will the mainstream media ask him any intelligent thoughtful questions? Or are they only for FOX to ask...oh yeah, he won't speak to them for precisely that reason.

    September 20, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. Dan

    Wonderful. Outrage because Obama is doing the right thing. This is different than everyday because?

    September 20, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. victim of republican greed

    The entire GOP needs to be the first in line to be vaccinated against stupidity.

    September 20, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  23. Kana

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! AS POTUS and "First" family, your line will be a whole lot shorter than the general public, and your healthcare provider will most likely deliver any medical treatment to you and your family.

    As far as the"swine" flu is concerned, wasn't it just a few years ago when there was a vaccine shortage for the seasonal flu and the big "public service" campaign was to wash your hands often, cover your face when coughing\sneezing, and stay home if you were sick. If at that time the vaccine producers were unable to meet demend, how is it now government funded vaccine producers can make a d rush to market a vaccine in such a short period of time.

    Hmmmm...
    Could it be that there is no real concern of a flu "epidemic" and just a way to suck more of our hard earned wages away from us in unrepresented taxes and fees?
    Could it be a way of creating a false illness with an untested vaccine in order to scare people into supporting an inferior government controlled health plan.

    Sounds like what we have here is a real case of "wag the dog"

    September 20, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. victim of republican greed

    I did not think wingnuts believed in science.

    September 20, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  25. the girl

    LIES! where's the birth certificate?

    September 20, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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