October 21, 2014, - 5:25 pm

Guess Who Won’t Go Back to Ebola Liberia – Obama Should Take the Hint

By Debbie Schlussel

You know who refuses to go back to Ebola-riven Liberia? Most of its doctors–who are in the U.S.–AND the country’s First Son, also a doc. Yup, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s son, Dr. James Adama Sirleaf, is staying put in Georgia. They won’t leave America to go back to their infected country. So why are we letting in flights from their country? And yet President Obola still won’t take the hint.

Who Knows Better: Him . . .

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Hell No, He Won’t Go: Liberian First Son, Dr. James Sirleaf Refuses to Go to Liberia, Stays in US

. . . Or Him?

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Sunday said “the whole world has a stake” in preventing an unfolding catastrophe in Liberia, calling on nations to provide more medical experts and supplies to confront the exploding Ebola epidemic. But illustrating the difficulties of heeding that call, her own son, a physician, has stayed in the U.S., saying he can do more for his country there than at home.







“It is the duty of all of us as global citizens to send a message that we will not leave millions of West Africans to fend for themselves,” Mrs. Sirleaf said. In line with that message, the president in late August fired state officials who refused to come home from abroad to help Liberia battle Ebola. At that time, however, her son, Dr. James Adama Sirleaf, was returning to his family in Georgia, after deciding to pull his medical training group out of his homeland because of mounting risks to doctors there.

He is hardly alone. Officials and physicians here say far more Liberian doctors are in the U.S. and other countries than in the country of their birth, and that their absence is complicating efforts to curb what has become a global health crisis. Even before Ebola, there were only about 170 Liberian doctors in the country, and colleagues say many of them weren’t actively practicing. At least four of them have since died of the virus. That shortage has prompted repeated pleas from the Liberian government for more foreign doctors to join the fight.

Foreign governments, including the U.S., have begun to respond, in part to prevent a tide of new Ebola infections from entering their own countries. The U.S. has sent 400 of the up to 4,000 military personnel it will deploy to build 17 Ebola treatment units, the first of which is scheduled to open this month. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has 40 staff members on the ground.

So, let me get this straight: their doctors are smart enough to stay here, while we sent 3,000 troops over there to catch the disease Liberian docs are staying here to avoid? Yup.

Dr. Sirleaf runs the emergency room at a hospital in Albany, Ga. He heads an effort to ship protective gear to medical workers in Liberia, but hasn’t returned himself since a 10-day trip in August as the virus was spreading out of control. “The symbolism of me going there and potentially getting Ebola when I have a nine- and a seven-year-old at home isn’t worth it just to appease people,” said Dr. Sirleaf. “I’ve made a commitment not to live in Liberia for many reasons, and I think my contribution means more.”

Uh-huh, you keep tellin’ yourself that. I’m not buyin’. I would respect this guy more if he just said, “Hey, I don’t want to get it. Hell no, I’m not going back.”

In 2007, Dr. Sirleaf founded Heartt Foundation—an acronym for Health Education and Relief Through Training—to recruit medical specialists and residents to spend a month practicing in Liberia and teach at its only medical school. Heartt sent 70 doctors in 2009 alone to Liberia to train students. . . . But Heartt’s last team of four doctors left Liberia in March, just as cases of Ebola were surging. JFK hospital, where Heartt physicians worked, appeared ill-prepared for the coming epidemic, Dr. Sirleaf said. The risk to doctors and trainees, who hadn’t confronted Ebola before, seemed unacceptably high, he said. . . . The head of JFK’s emergency room and the chief of its internal medicine department were among the first Liberian medical workers to die from Ebola. Liberians dubbed JFK hospital “Just For Killing” for the carnage Ebola was wreaking within.

Again, this is the son of the President of Liberia, the medical doctor son of the President of Liberia. And he refuses to go home. Why on earth are we letting his countrymen–who might be deathly ill–in?

Remember, Ebola Air is a one-way trip. And it causes those who weren’t even on the flight to quickly reach their final destination.

Do we really know better than Dr. Sirleaf does? Nope.

Exit question: why didn’t the reporter who interviewed him and his spokespeople ask him about banning flights from his very sick homeland?

Answer: because you and I both know he’d either 1) refuse to answer or 2) give the same answer you and I would give:

Keep those flights from landing on American soil!

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By the way, why did we make it so easy for Liberian docs to leave their country and remain in our own? Read this about stupid U.S. immigration policy for those with medical credentials (which, by the way, also brought many Islamic terrorism-supporting docs within our borders to infest and procreate).

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18 Responses

And just as disturbing, virtually everyone in the Democratic Party agrees with him, except for those politicians in close elections.

It has taken some getting used to to see grown and accomplished men and women act like starry-eyed adolescents when the welfare of all but themselves is considered. The infantilizing and narcissistic qualities of left-wing politics should never be underestimated.

Little Al on October 21, 2014 at 7:03 pm

“Sirleaf” Johnson? Sounds like something out of Idiocracy

DS_ROCKS! on October 21, 2014 at 7:09 pm

There are no direct flights from Africa to the US. If the US wants to ban flights from Ebola-infected countries, then they need to be banned from Germany, Spain, the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands also. Basically all of Europe, and that just won’t work.

Lee on October 21, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Duh, you can look at the passports individually and, uh, see where people have been.

The comments of those such as Lee, implying intellectual pretensions, but who are actually nothing but sycophants for foolish and opportunistic ideas, is especially irritating. Either Lee is a representative of the last few dumbed-down generations or is deliberately trying to mislead, just like all the hacks whose foolish and self-serving comments we are exposed to again and again.

But Lee’s foolish comments are consistent with the lack of controls screening terrorists and likely terrorists from the US. The cascading of open borders policies.

Little Al on October 21, 2014 at 7:54 pm

That’s Libard Lee’s standard MO, Little Al. Some things never change. Like his liberal and crusty underwears.

No one ever misses him when he goes bush. Jimmy Hoffa vanished, oh why can’t that annoying Moonbat Lee do the same?

I nominate Libtard Lee to help assist all good peeps who arrive here from Liberia (by hook or crook). I hope Ebola treats him just like a Nurse!

It’s not that difficult to see the Moonbat and destructive writing on the wall. Ebola-Putin does not want to dissuade any Jihadi or dirty and mooching 3rd-worlder from coming here and setting up shop. It’s indeed the change fools voted for in 2008 and 2012.

EVERYTHING has changed. Thank you 1960s. It will never be as it once was. Back in 1980, the citizens were still from a breed of “the best generation”. Now we have the worst runts of the best generation ruining everything. When the old folks (once young and USA’s backbone) die, they take the old America with it.

Can you imagine what USA will look like in years? Like a 3rd world hell-hole and all the men will be wimpy and disgusting and all the women will be naggy, emasculating hags (or brainless sluts who put up with bad men) who keep popping out dysfunctional and entitled brat after brat. What a world to look forward to! NOT.

JJSkunky on October 21, 2014 at 8:57 pm

You’re the ones with intelligence issues. You guys (and I use the term loosely), come up with a better plan. Or are you typical Repukes that insult, use references to Hitler/Holocaust all in an attempt to cover up the face you have NOTHING!!!

Lee on October 21, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    “Or are you typical DEMONICRATS that insult, use references to Hitler/Holocaust all in an attempt to cover up the face you have NOTHING!!!”
    …there, fixed it for you, kinda…well best I could with your idiotic ramblings

    theShadow on October 21, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    So, Lee, I’ll be waiting for you to attend some diversity celebrations or folk dance festivals with your friends from Liberia. Maybe they can stay with you.

    Little Al on October 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Oh, Libtard Lee, did your medication wear off? Last in line at the methadone clinic? Que lastima!

    STFU Lee. You’re a classic hit & run Libtard. You don’t write much because you know people can tear your dumb argument apart like a stupid person walking into a lion’s cage.

    And the answer is totally common sense (but not to mentally deranged Libtards). Close. The. Borders. Because you do not want to acknowledge it does not make it any less pertinent.

    If this were the 1980’s, the common sense solution would have already been in effect. Because the Moonbattery hadn’t infected the country like Ebola out of control. All the good peeps from that era are gone or have been muted by PCness or are like myself and fighting you nutter freaks. Common sense is not so common anymore.

    And you drooling Libtard hypocrite (I’d love to catch you in real life with your many hypocritical infractions…I’d be the one pointing and laughing at you and making sure I call your moonbat ass out!), I am NOT a Republican. Never was, and prolly never will be. I’m worse (in your eyes)…I’m Conserative. I don’t have my scrotum up under my chin like most shivering Republicans. I’m not scared of Libtards. I know your kooky game so well.

    But you need a hate-target and so the Libtard talking points will do. At least most Republicans know Libtards like you are teeming with mental illness. That’s just the cold, hard truth.

    And most Republicans don’t troll websites they love to hate. They know to not waste their time on mental illness when they can use that time to actually edify themselves and learn a thing or two. Unlike Libtards like YOU.

    KKSkunky on October 22, 2014 at 2:41 pm

I’ve done my investigative research on this Ebola virus, it was originally a gnat-fly (I assume) that had this virus with adaptions on it by making its natural-selection evolution, etc., with that insect allegedly making physical contact with a human in either Liberia or Sierra Leone in a remote area that’s deforested, and that human made physical contact with other folks in urban areas and the rest is history from there.

http://evolution.berkely.edu/evolibrary/news/141003_ebola

I also read and learned that this virus, if you’re affect with it, you won’t immediately feel it, that it takes time for you to feel the virus on you, where it takes about two weeks, where you’ll have a runny-nose, stomach will hurt, diarrhea, coughing, and so forth, the virus is VERY methodical.

And DS also mentioned that this president has sent 3,000 troops to Ebola infected societies for I don’t know what, which to me is very irresponsible and stupid of Obama to do something like that, by godforbid, putting their health at risk by being contracted with this disease!

Sean R. on October 21, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Sean R., that’s easy. So he can bring back 3000 infected troops back to our country to spread the disease!
    Seriously, what are they there for? To find and kill the infected? They’re the Military, not Doctors!

    theShadow on October 21, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      “They’re the Military, not Doctors!”

      Agreed theShadow, and I don’t know WTF initially told Obama to send about 3,000 of our brave troops to Liberia, if the president had at least sent doctors over there to vaccinate those who’re affected with this risky virus, then we can all understand and agree with the president.

      Let us all hope that when those troops comeback here to the States, that they’re not infected with that virus and contract other folks with it godforbid (and if they’re infected with it, the soldiers can get vaccinated, and if they’re seriously ill via the virus, they can get quarantined)!

      Sean R. on October 22, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Need I remind you that this is the same President O’Bama who banned flights to Israel last summer?

Anyone see a pattern here?

There is NO Santa Claus on October 21, 2014 at 10:42 pm

Elites will take care of themselves, whether here or in Liberia. Also, Barack Obama does not wish to offend his Black base, even if it puts others at risk.

Worry on October 22, 2014 at 1:51 am

First Point:

The Ebola-2014 virus mutates rapidly, on a par with influenza A. Reinfection is likely, such as we see with the seasonal flu. Humans are a new host for this virus, and the virus is undergoing a rapid exploration of the fitness landscape within the new host. Should control measures in West Africa be less than ideal, there is a good chance the virus will become even more transmissible over time. There are already at least four sub-clades, a number likely to expand as a function of the number of infections. The virus will seek to maximize reproductive fitness in ways that are unpredictable at the current time. The key is to intervene before that time.

If the international response is tardy, and the infected population continues to increase logarithmically, then developing tests and vaccines will become more difficult.

Second point:

There is no question but that travelers from affected countries should not be allowed to enter the US. A temperature is not necessarily indicative of infection. As I’ve stated, the virus is evolving rapidly, and we have no idea how infected individuals may present in the future. They may show no signs or symptoms for periods longer than 21 days. Transmissibility may increase over time, such that airplane co-passengers may become more easily infected.

Donny Boy on October 22, 2014 at 11:41 am

Now there’s shooting at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Islamic terrorists? Too soon to tell.

But three shooters are suspected of being involved.

NormanF on October 22, 2014 at 11:51 am

We may not know yet the identity of the suspects in Canada but we know an Islamic terrorist killed a Jewish baby girl in Jerusalem in a savage hit and run attack – highway jihad – before he was shot and killed by police.

That IS Islam.

NormanF on October 22, 2014 at 2:01 pm

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