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Michael Reagan: Obama Not to Blame on Ebola

By    |   Friday, 03 October 2014 12:33 PM

The Ebola virus entering the United States is not President Barack Obama’s fault and the country needs to stop pointing the finger and get to work figuring out how to stop it from spreading, conservative political commentator Michael Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan, said Friday on "America’s Forum" on Newsmax TV.

"You can't blame Barack Obama," Reagan said. "You can blame him for a lot of things, but not for the hospital allowing a man with Ebola to leave the hospital. You can't blame Obama for a family that was supposed to stay in their homes, leaving their homes and sending their kids to school. You can't blame everything on the planet on Obama.

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"Sometimes it just happens and you have to deal with it. Do I worry about the government being able to handle it? Yes, I do, but you can't always blame Obama for every ill and everything that happens on the planet that we live in. The Republicans and Democrats need to get over always trying to affix blame somewhere for what's going on and fix the damn stuff."

While Reagan supports testing people on planes to and from West Africa, where Ebola has spiraled to a national health crisis, he says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention needs to be more forthright in sharing information with the American people. And airlines and airports need not wait for the government to tell them what to do, he added.

"Tell us what we need to be worried about and what we don't need to be worried about in the way you contract that virus," he said. "If the information is there, then in fact this is going to be the problem that it very well could be. The president of the U.S. could offer an executive order to be able to do that. What are the airlines doing? Why is everybody always waiting for an executive direction from the president of the U.S.? What are the airlines doing that are flying people from West Africa to the U.S.? What are the airports doing that are accepting planes from that area of the world? Do we always have to have an executive order from the president of the U.S. to do the right thing? Maybe we need to do the right thing instead of trying to affix blame somewhere else."

Reagan, whose father served two terms in office, offered his take on the Secret Service scandal. The agency needs a non-political appointee in charge, something he said has contributed to the current problems. He characterized Julia Pierson, the director who resigned after a man armed with a knife entered the White House last month, the most recent in a string of embarrassing incidents for the Secret Service, as a "politically correct" choice for the job. Obama wanted a woman at the helm following the 2012 Secret Service prostitute scandal in Colombia, according to Reagan.

"She used to work security at Disneyland," he said. "She wanted to make sure everybody was friendly. It's not about the Secret Service being friendly, it's about respectful of people you protect. They have a job to do and their job isn't to be your friend."

Obama is responsible for setting the tone with the Secret Service and he created a "loose" atmosphere, according to Reagan, who said former agents and others tell him they are "absolutely appalled at what’s going on in D.C. with the White House."

"It does in some ways come from the top down that the president wants a little bit more loose," according to Reagan. "I never ate dinner with Secret Service agents for eight years.

"We never went to the beach together or did playful things together. They're the guys who sworn to give their lives to protect you. They need to be able to do their jobs and do it with adult supervision from the top, not a political correct person in charge like there has been for the last couple of years."

Calling Obama "tone deaf," Reagan agreed with former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that Obama is "tone deaf" about the situation in Iraq. Panetta writes in his upcoming book that Obama ignored his Cabinet members’ advice to leave troops in Iraq.

"He ran a campaign for the president saying he was going to end the war in Iraq and he's been on a mission to do that, come hell or high water," Reagan said. "When you're president of the U.S., you have to make changes when you get more information. He never made the changes, even though Hillary Clinton went to him, Panetta went to him and generals went to him as well. The president of the U.S believes he's the smartest man in the room and he treats everybody else like they're underlings. He knows what to do best and we and the world are paying the price for that stubbornness."

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