Well, thank heavens. The White House has appointed a lawyer, political consultant and investment firm general counsel as our new Ebola Czar, the person in charge of managing and coordinating America’s response to Ebola nationwide.
President Barack Obama will appoint Ron Klain his “Ebola czar,” knowledgeable sources tell CNN…
The president on Thursday signaled his openness to the idea to have one individual coordinating the entire federal response to any threat of an outbreak in the United States.
A former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and also to then-Vice President Al Gore, Klain is currently President of Case Holdings and General Counsel of Revolution, an investment group. He has clerked for the U.S. Supreme Court and headed up Gore’s effort during the 2000 Florida recount and was portrayed in the HBO movie Recount by Kevin Spacey. He could not be reached for comment on Friday.
I was terrified that they’d appoint a medical professional, or someone who specializes in the study of infectious diseases. Now how inappropriate would THAT have been? Although I can’t seem to recall anyone on my short list who was portrayed in a movie by Kevin Spacey. But Kevin Spacey DID play the CDC doctor in Outbreak who caught the virus and died, so that’s comforting. And Kevin Spacey was also in The United States of Leland with Ryan Gosling who was in Crazy, Stupid Love with Kevin Bacon, so at least we know where Klain stands on that.
The good news is, at least, he has experience overseeing a national project. Klain was the man in charge of doling out stimulus funds to various organizations across the country, and we all know how well that turned out for all of that taxpayer money that was supposed to save us from a certain economic disaster. Like the NIH and CDC’s careful stewardships of their own budget, Klain is apparently responsible for funding such necessary projects as the Evanston, Illinois-based comedy robot project. So he’ll definitely fit right in with the current crop of administrators.