You know the saying – the best people watching is at the airport. Today was a bonus level.
Two days after a man in Texas was diagnosed with Ebola, a Missouri doctor Thursday morning showed up at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport dressed in protective gear to protest what he called mismanagement of the crisis by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Gil Mobley checked in and cleared airport security wearing a mask, goggles, gloves, boots and a hooded white jumpsuit emblazoned on the back with the words, “CDC is lying!”
“If they’re not lying, they are grossly incompetent,” said Mobley, a microbiologist and emergency trauma physician from Springfield, Mo.
Mobley said the CDC is “sugar-coating” the risk of the virus spreading in the United States.
Yes, the #EbolaInTX diagnosis is scary. Yes, the local hospital dropped the ball. Yes, the media is freaking out. That is no reason for you to do the same.
The good doctor is entitled to his opinion of the CDC, even if many think he made a fool of himself expressing them. Like most government entities, the CDC operates on the facts available to them at that time. Whether this information is the right facts, wrong facts, too many or not enough, they base their decisions on the facts at hand.
Beside the Ebola angle, many ladies like myself wonder how he can clear airport security in a full-body germ suit, and I can’t get my underwired garment through without an intimate encounter with a ham-handed stranger.
Aside: Is it just me, or has the last year unfolded like Tom Clancy’s Executive Orders?