June 23rd, 2009
05:14 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama, Chilean president discuss cooperation on H1N1 virus

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Chile's experiences with the H1N1 virus can help the United States deal with the next wave of the flu in the North American autumn, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.

At a joint media appearance after meeting with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, a medical doctor, Obama said such a "world problem" requires cooperation between nations to help each other out.

News reports say a Chilean decree last week expanded the power of Bachelet's government to confront the spreading flu, which has infected more than 4,000 people there.

"The flu situation is a good example of what the 21st century is going to look like," Obama said. "There are no borders on the flu."

Bachelet, the first woman president of Chile, pledged to share what her country learns about the flu with U.S. authorities to help combat the expected fall wave in the Northern Hemisphere.

Obama also praised Chile for what he called sound economic policies that have helped the South American country weather the global economic recession.

The two leaders earlier signed an agreement to cooperate on clean energy projects.

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  1. Anonymous

    Barry: "The flu situation is a good example of what the 21st century is going to look like."

    I really have never heard a more idiotic statement in my life. If GWB had said this, the media would be howling at the stupidity and the syntax.

    But CNN does not live by bread alone, but by every pearl of wisdom that drops from the mouth of the Obamessiah.

    June 23, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Oh No!!!!! He's cooperating with a country full of brown people...quick...everybody hide in the closest closet!!!!

    June 23, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. Obama Victim

    how much money is Barry giving this guy??

    June 23, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. Tim, Seattle

    CNN RAtings lower than GOP.....

    "The GOP approval rating hovers around 27 percent, meaning roughly 61 million adult Americans support them. CNN’s primetime programming attracts roughly 875,000 viewers, or about four tenths of one percent of U.S. adults"

    The GOP has more support than CNN. HA!

    June 23, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |