The Swine flu, Mexico, and President Obama

I didn’t realize this:

A spokesman for the White House said yesterday that President Obama’s health had not been endangered by his trip to Mexico City last week, in spite of reports in the Mexican press that Felipe Solis, an archaeologist who met the US leader, died soon after from “flu-like symptoms”.

I know a ton (about a dozen) people from Brookfield that vacationed in Mexico for spring break. Talk about bad timing! No doubt, that’s exactly how this stuff is spreading so quickly.

Pandemic? As defined by the World Health Organization:

Emergence of a disease new to a population.
Agents infect humans, causing serious illness.
Agents spread easily and sustainably among humans.

I’m betting we’ll have that confirmed in the next few weeks.

It feels rather, well, biblical, don’t you think? I suppose that’s how the last outbreaks felt, too. Something tells me the politics of those times weren’t adding to the screenplay, though.

(Play your favorite eerie music here.)

UPDATE: The US has declared a public health emergency.


  1. I’m clearly unhinged in that Janet Napolitano declaring a “Public Health Emergency” is another chance for this administration to not “let a good crisis go to waste”.

  2. Ooh. I didn’t think of that. A new crisis means more airtime for Obama!

  3. I just read the news story about the archeologist that met Obama…..I had forgotten that the President was in Mexico last week. The article I read said that the man died from pneumonia and had no connection to the swine flu….
    I try my best not to think ‘conspiracy’ or ‘terroism’ every time I read or hear something like this but, it’s difficult not to.

  4. I just read the pneumonia info, too. I doubt we’ll ever know for sure.

  5. Not even a crisis opportunity moment by our benevolent government to close border crossings or stop international flights from Mexico.

  6. KeachyPeen says:

    I still think the possibility is that Obama is patient zero, and he gave the swine flu to the scientist.