This article is the sixteenth in a continuing series chronicling the unfolding history of the Obama Administration. The writer's opinions are not offered, leaving the readers to arrive at their own conclusions.
"So I want everybody here to hear my words: We will not go back to the days of reckless behavior and unchecked excess that was at the heart of this crisis, where too many were motivated only by the appetite for quick kills and bloated bonuses. Those on Wall Street cannot resume taking risks without regard for consequences, and expect that next time, American taxpayers will be there to break their fall." __Brack Obama, President of the United states of America, September 14, 2009
Day222/Sep1st/Tuesday: The President was briefed by senior government officials in the Oval Office of the White House on preparedness and response efforts surrounding the 2009 H1N1 flu virus in the Oval Office. Participants included United States Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, White House Homeland Security Advisor and CDC director John Brennan, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden.
The President addressed national preparedness for the H1N1 flu virus from the Rose Garden of the White House. "I don't want anybody to be alarmed, but I do want everybody to be prepared," the President said. He added, "We're also making steady progress on developing a safe and effective H1N1 flu vaccine, and we expect a flu shot program will begin soon. This program will be completely voluntary, but it will be strongly recommended." Transcript Video