President Obama will not talk about the Ebola case in Dallas, although administration officials are working hard to signal that he remains fully aware of the situation and is demonstrating leadership.
Hours after the Center for Disease control revealed on September 30 that Thomas Eric Duncan had been diagnosed with the disease in Dallas, the White House Press office revealed that Obama had also been briefed on the case.
The White House released a photo of Obama speaking on the phone with the Director of the Center for Disease Control about the situation.
While Obama remains silent on the issue, government officials are working overtime to reassure Americans that the federal government is taking the proper steps to address the situation.
Obama’s silence is markedly different than two weeks earlier, when he reassured the nation that the chance of an outbreak in the United States was “extremely low.”