Using the standards set by his very own Democrat Party, Barack Obama’s choice of Ron Klain as the Ebola Czar, makes the president a sexist. It’s as simple as Barack giving a man job for which a woman was much better qualified.
Dr. Nicole Lurie has been the Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response for 5 years. In an interview, she explained her duties. Ms. Lurie said her major priority is to help the country prepare for emergencies and to “have the countermeasures — the medicines or vaccines that people might need to use in a public health emergency. So a large part of my office also is responsible for developing those countermeasures.” She continues, “I have responsibility for getting the nation prepared for public health emergencies — whether naturally occurring disasters or man-made, as well as for helping it respond and recover. It’s a pretty significant undertaking.”
Given she’s a primary care MD with a strong background in health policy she’d seem a pretty good fit to fill the position given to Mr. Klain.
Ron Klain’s resume is decidedly different from the aforementioned good doctor. He’s a lawyer who’s served as chief of staff to both vice presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden. Klain headed Gore’s 2000 Florida recount effort. Chronicling Ron’s journey of uninspired and unsuccessful endeavors would include his role in giving away almost a trillion dollars in stimulus money. Klain argued for and got big bucks for that fiscal disaster known as Solyndra. He has been appropriately described both as a “Washington insider” and “political hack”. Given Mr. Klain’s lawyering seems mostly tied to cronies inside the Beltway, it may be reasonable to assume the closest he’s gotten to the medical field is chasing ambulances.
But somehow, the leader of the party that continually and loudly trumpets itself as champions of “the fairer sex”, picked a politically connected white male for an important position that was much better suited for a female. So much for that Republican “war on women”.
Sadly, the historical president and leader of the “pro-choice” Democrat party, missed another opportunity to make history. Barack Obama could have stopped the never ending string of testosterone-laden czars and “chosen” Dr. Nicole Lurie, as this nation’s very first Czarina. But he didn’t. Maybe his fellow Dems are silent because they figure there’s only so much history, for better or worse, one man can make.