Thursday, October 29, 2009
An Open Memo to President Obama: Get a Flu ShotTo: POTUS
Re: Your Decision Not to Get Vaccinated for H1N1
We understand that your daughters have just received H1N1 immunizations, but that you have decided not to get one yourself. As many children and pregnant women are still waiting for shots, you have chosen not to use the power of your office to ensure that you receive special treatment.
What else are you going to do to avoid special treatment? Live in a two-bedroom apartment and protect yourself with a can of pepper spray?
As the president of the United States of America, your time is at a premium. We, the taxpayers, realize that. If we were going to get jealous of you getting a flu shot, we probably would have gotten upset about the fact that you have your own personal 747. And then there’s the helicopter that lifts off from your lawn.
Look, we elected you. We want you at your best. The last thing you need while you are trying to navigate Afghanistan and Iraq is a virus that will give you, according to the federal government, "fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, and possibly vomiting or diarrhea."
And then there's health-care reform. That’s pretty complicated. You’ll need to be able to focus. Is it a good idea to reform health care while you’re rolling around in a comforter on the bathroom floor moaning in agony? You’ll end up sacrificing everything to get America full coverage for lotion-infused facial tissue.
Now, we understand your concerns. Millions of voters can’t get access to the vaccine, and you’re a politician who’s going to be up for re-election before you know it. You want votes. Okay, that’s fine. Kiss babies for votes. Trade favors for votes. Grovel for votes. But don’t have vomiting or diarrhea for votes. That’s just gross.
Get vaccinated, stay healthy, and get a good night’s sleep.
That way you’ll be ready, tomorrow morning, when we ask you what you’re doing to get more vaccine made.
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Also, Barack, we really don't want that Biden guy making any decisions.
Posted by: Paul Gowder | Oct 29, 2009 7:04:43 PM