President Obama had some harsh words for those spreading fear about the Ebola virus, calling it frustrating that so many Americans are “hiding under the covers” and vowing to continue America’s efforts in West Africa.
The president spoke about the United States’ international response to the virus during a White House address on Wednesday. “When I hear people talking about American leadership, and then promoting polices that would avoid leadership and have us running in the opposite direction and hiding under the covers? It makes me a little frustrated,” he said tersely. “We are at our best when we are standing up and taking responsibility, even when it requires us making sacrifices.”
“So I put those on notice who think that we should hide from these problems,” Obama later said. “That’s not who we are. That’s not who I am. That’s not who [the volunteer health workers] are. This is America. We do things differently.”