As a general rule, Obama’s endorsement of anything is more or less the kiss of death in conservative communities. It’s pretty much the guiding principle of Obama Derangement Syndrome. If Obama endorses healthcare, Fox News hates penicillin. If he says he likes cars, everyone in Georgia walks. If Barry Soetoro speaks of his love for oxygen, Pat Robertson stops breathing. Which might not be such a bad thing. Nor (in a way) is the idea of a plague of measles sweeping through the ODS afflicted; unfortunately, though, it only takes a few plague rats to bring down a ship.
Evidence the most recent outbreak of Measles in California’s Disneyland; news reports have it that over a hundred children have been affected. To those of us following these things, the exact nature of this outbreak comes as little surprise. California is the hipster epicenter of the idiotic anti-vaxxer movement, and Disneyland is the most kid-dense place in the state. In a very real sense then, it’s almost inevitable that the Happiest Place on Earth would shortly become the Plague-iest Place in America.
Obama took a few moments to address that directly on NBC with Savannah Guthrie yesterday. The two covered several subjects, including deflated footballs, and inflated panic over ISIS and Muslim terrorists. Which, much like his Crusade-launching 22nd cousin Edward I, Obama doesn’t seem to like very much. Amid that, though, the two took a few moments to talk about the California measles outbreak, and the idiocy of the anti-vaxxer movement.
“I understand that there are families that, in some cases, are concerned about the effect of vaccinations. The science is, you know, pretty indisputable. We’ve looked at this again and again. There is every reason to get vaccinated, but there aren’t reasons to not.
You should get your kids vaccinated. It’s good for them and the challenge you have is if you have a certain group of kids who don’t get vaccinated, and if it grows large enough that a percentage of the population doesn’t get vaccinated and they’re the folks who can’t get vaccinated, small infants, for example…they suddenly become much more vulnerable.”
He also afterward offered this wry observation on Obama Derangement Syndrome:
“One thing I’ve learned over the last six years is that when I tell the American people very clearly what direction I think the country should go in, sometimes people change their minds. And even Republicans occasionally start agreeing with me, although sometimes a little bit later than I would like.”
Meaning: “I’m a Republican who vaccinated his own children because he’s not a complete moron. But to avoid agreeing with Obama, I’ll act as though there are perfectly valid reasons for encouraging the spread of plague. Which neither I nor my kids will ever catch, because we were vaccinated.”
Too bad there’s no vaccine against stupid — though if there were, it would probably be called “Fox.”