On September 1 there was a White House afternoon meeting focused on H1N1. It was a gorgeous day in DC. After the meeting the President offered some comments to the media in the Rose Garden.
In my judgment his most helpful comments were,
And most importantly we need everyone to get informed about individual risk factors, and we need everyone to take the common-sense steps that we know can make a difference. Stay home if you’re sick. Wash your hands frequently. Cover your sneezes with your sleeve, not your hands. And take all the necessary precautions to stay healthy. I know it sounds simple, but it’s important and it works. Finally, for people who want to learn more about this virus, please go to www.flu.gov, or talk to your doctor.
It is a good example of management discipline that the President brought together his generals: Napolitano, Brennan, the secretaries of Education, Commerce, Health and Human Services and the CDC Director as the influenza “battle season” begins. If any other more specific purpose was being advanced, no one is telling me.
(Politico has a video of the Rose Garden remarks (after an annoying ad).)
(YouTube: Lynne Anderson singing, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden)