Obama: No Travel Ban, Not 'Cutting Off West Africa'

October 18, 2014

In his weekly radio address for October 18, the President spoke to the mounting international Ebola crisis raging at home and abroad. While saying he had it all under control here in the US, Obama insisted that no travel bans were in the offing because he didn’t want to “cut off” contact with West Africa. Saying, “This is a serious disease,” Obama urged Americans not to “give in to hysteria or fear.” He went on to say, “that only makes it harder to get people the accurate information they need.” He continued saying “we need to be guided by the science” and said that we must remember “the basic facts.” The president insisted that “what we’re seeing now is not an ‘outbreak’ or an ‘epidemic’ of Ebola in America.” With a nation of more than 300 million people, the president noted, we’ve only had three cases of the disease. “We have to keep this in perspective,” he said. Obama also contended that, “we know how to fight this disease.” “We know the protocols. And we know that when they’re followed, they work. So far, five Americans who got infected with Ebola in West Africa have been brought

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