As the far left media have attempted to blame the Trump administration for the lack of medical supplies, the Obama administration’s failures have come back to haunt them.
For example, a shortage of N95 masks can be directly attributed to the Obama administration’s depletion of the national stockpile.
The previous administration, however, did not replace the face masks in the stockpile.
The same is true with ventilators.
Well, CNN questioned Joe Biden on the Obama administration’s shortcomings in the H1N1 crisis.
Instead of disputing the Obama administration’s failure, Biden implied it was an issue and simply replied: “I was not part of it.”
Throughout the entire Democratic primary, Biden has tried to hijack Obama's name to boost his candidacy.
Whereas other candidates proposed new ideas (albeit crazy ideas), Biden promised a return to the days of the Obama administration.
In fact, Biden would often take credit for many of Obama's successes.
But when pressed on H1N1, Biden claims he was nowhere to be found... even though his own campaign website says he was part of the "effective response" to H1N1.
The Western Journal has more details on Biden's CNN townhall appearance:
Former Vice President Joe Biden claims he was not part of the Obama administration’s response to the H1N1 flu outbreak in 2009 despite having previously taken credit for it on his presidential campaign page.
In a CNN town hall Friday night, the Democratic presidential candidate was asked whether the Obama administration should have done more to prepare for another outbreak.
“I wasn’t part of it,” Biden claimed.
“Our administration spent a lot of time working with the incoming Trump administration laying out exactly what could happen with a future pandemic and that they were likely, not unlikely, to occur,” the former vice president added.
Biden’s involvement in the Obama administration’s response to the H1N1 outbreak has been scrutinized recently.
On his campaign website, the former vice president took credit for the “effective response” to the outbreak in 2009.
“He helped lead the Obama-Biden Administration’s effective response to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and the 2014 Ebola epidemic,” the website reads.
So which was it?
Was Biden part of the "effective response," which included depleting the national stockpile of medical supplies and failing to replace them?
Or was he truly not a part of it like he claimed on CNN?
President Trump's response to the COVID-19 pandemic has record high approval from voters.
Meanwhile, Biden is struggling to maint relevance during the crisis.
His online "shadow briefings" are being watched by nearly no one.
Some recent estimates say that only 2,800 have watched his recent online happy hour aimed towards young adults.
According to Politico, Biden is studying the 1918 elections to craft his response to Trump...
The Biden campaign has been studying the ’18 midterms.
No, not the ones two years ago when Democrats took over the House by aggressively recruiting moderates and sweeping swing districts across the country, a precursor to Biden’s own centrist strategy in the Democratic presidential primaries this year.
They’ve been studying the midterms of 1918, the year of the Spanish flu pandemic when large gatherings were banned in many places and candidates were forced to invent new ways to communicate with voters and run their campaigns. Turnout plummeted that year to 40%, from 50% in the 1914 midterms.
“We went back and looked at voting in 1918,” said Anita Dunn, one of Biden’s top advisers, “where of course turnout was down, but the election was still held, and Congress was still seated.”
Dunn was already a bit of a Spanish Flu dilettante. When she worked in the Obama White House, she had studied the 1918 pandemic to help prepare the response to the outbreak of H1N1 in 2009. “In 1918, you had the initial wave in the spring that was very severe and receded,” she said. “And then, it came back powerfully when the weather got cold again in September, October, November with actually a bigger wave. There was a false sense of, ‘OK, it’s over.’” One big lesson she took away from that history: “Nobody knows how this one is going to behave.”
The search for historical precedents by Biden’s top strategists to help understand the bizarre new reality of running a presidential campaign in a country gripped by a pandemic underscores how totally the politics of 2020 changed in March.
Instead of trying to learn from 1918, perhaps Biden should learn from the Obama adminsitration's apparent failures as recently as 2009.
Had the national stockpile been replaced, the media narrative around medical shortages would be different from what we see today.
Will Biden acknowledge his role in the Obama administration's response?
Or will he continue to use this crisis to politically attack President Trump?