April 30th, 2009
04:12 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama staffer sick after presidential Mexico trip

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A government official who traveled to Mexico City to support the delegation accompanying President Barack Obama later came down with flu-like symptoms, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday.

Testing is underway to determine if the individual - an Energy Department staffer - contracted the swine flu virus.

The H1N1 virus outbreak originated in Mexico.

The unnamed individual has since recovered.

Filed under: President Obama
soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. J.P.

    Uh oh. We have a crisis. Better throw some money at it.

    April 30, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Bev - NYC

    Biden was right after all, about airplanes and confined places.

    April 30, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. AnnMM

    ..... and so? It's just another flu. Can we please stop the over-hyped madness? There must be some blond in peril somewhere you can waste all this media coverage on.

    April 30, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. Simmy

    Mr. President, with all due respect.......No hand shakes until this crisis has passed......Your supporters will understand........

    April 30, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. teri

    i know that the president is a very important person, but why all the questipns about how close that new sick guy was to him, what about everyone else he was close to including in mexico, i think that everyones life is just as important . And realy i think it doesn't matter what it's called a realy bad flu that you can get and be ok or die. ( does the name reall matter?) I think almost everyone is some degree is worried about themselfs and there familys and have no idea what to do ,or what not to do, or waht's doing to much.

    April 30, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. dennis

    My bet is they are jumping all over this one.

    April 30, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. bildaberg

    I think he is telling the truth , we have to be careful and I think that CNN should run with this story

    April 30, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. FreeNLovIt

    That's CRAZY!!! Mexico is so 3rd World... it's to the point where their whole entire government is afflicted with the virus. That's a good way to bring down entire civilizations. You'll be in my prayer and I hope I dont catch it. I'll be flying around in America this summer!!!!

    Seriously, my friend was spared from the flu or cold last year because she had and bought herself an AIR Purifier in her cube. I swear we need those installed in every train, plane and bus.

    April 30, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. Christopher J. Baffer

    This might be cause for concern if The President were, say, William Howard Taft. But for someone as vigorous and well-conditioned as Barack Obama, Swine Flu is the very, very least of his worries.

    April 30, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. FreeNLovIt

    Air Force One will need to be DE-VIRUSED. Perhaps, Obama is not sick because he works out a lot or perhaps he has an invisible astronaut helmet on.

    April 30, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. arithmetic is liberal

    H1N1A turns out to be the same strength as regular influenza.
    All the Rapturists out there who thought this was a sign of the end times are so disappointed....

    April 30, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. Robin

    He didn't follow Joe's advice.

    April 30, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. Ruth Marie

    I think Joe Biden's precautionarey remarks regarding safeguards against the Swine Flu are RIGHT ON and True. We told the same thing to our family and friends. Criticizing him is ridiculous.

    April 30, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. Pegasus

    Okay, why even make this news if the staffer in the white house has already recovered? CNN, your headline makes it seems as if the staffer is still sick and suffering from symptons that could possible be from the "swine flu". Duhhhhhh! Gee, report on something more substantial, please.

    April 30, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. Fitz in Texas

    Just great........I knew ALL these guys should have stayed in Mexico! The way this administration is killing this country, we could run the country just fine without them.

    April 30, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. Audrey in Georgia

    Please keep President Obama safe and healthy. The country needs him! I hope the Energy Department staffer and his family are doing

    April 30, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. CSB

    I'll take Biden's advice to avoid confined places...I wont climb into any footlockers.

    April 30, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. phoenix86

    Now that its in the government, you should start to see Obama take action.

    April 30, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. Harold Longanecker

    If this swine flu is as serious as the administration says it is, then why hasn't President Obama appointed a permanent director to the Centers for Disease Control (cdc) yet?

    April 30, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. Stanley in DC

    Thanks Obama for dragging some disease up here on top of us!

    April 30, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. marty-Licoln, NE

    It is non-sense to over analyze a comment that was made by Vice President Biden. He was telling the truth and answered that was asked. Therefore, we should all use some common sense to prevent the spread of the H1N1 influenza virus.

    The American public does not need be left in the dark or lied to at this point regarding this particular influenza virus that is killing people. We do not need the let just wait and see scenario like what went wrong with Katrina-in New Orleans. I am very happy that President Obama, Vice President Biden and the CDC are taking proactive measures and recommendations to keep people from contracting this deadly influenza virus.

    This little message is for the news media and all the other individuals who feel that the American public can not handle the truth, or would rather be lied to about a possible world wide health crisis stop your “overblown and over analysis the truth.

    April 30, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. The Broker.

    Because you don't know, who is who. Can you really trust, the guy your standing next to. Where does the next threat come from?

    April 30, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. Ob

    Should we panic...

    April 30, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. Grant

    When's the last time any party of that size has traveled to Mexico without somebody coming back with flu-like symptoms?

    April 30, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. Hey BIG Spender

    Close the border!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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