[Ed. – Let’s also not overlook the reason for the N95 mask shortage.]
The hot takes from former Obama officials during the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak have predictably been laced with the “we could have managed this so much better than Trump if only we’d had a chance” arrogance that we’ve come to expect from Obama types (and Obama himself) since his departure from office over 3 years ago.
Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to President Obama, took the same approach in a tweet she sent out on Wednesday:
Someone asked me today how would @BarackObama have handled this crisis? Answer in one word – Better. Ok, two words. Much better.
— Valerie Jarrett (@ValerieJarrett) April 1, 2020
[T]o suggest the Obama administration would have been “much better” at this is quite a stretch, considering how they handled the swine flu pandemic in 2009-2010. …