A few weeks ago, President Trump’s efforts to contrast the federal government’s response to the current pandemic with President Barack Obama’s handling of the H1N1 pandemic in 2009 seemed like a reasonable political bet. Trump decided to say that former vice president Joe Biden was in charge of the response that year (which he wasn’t) and to criticize the death toll that resulted. Two birds, one stone: bash his likely 2020 general-election opponent and show how he’d done a better job than Obama.But that was back when there were only a couple thousand confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States and only about 40 people had died of covid-19, the disease the virus causes. Since then, the comparison has gotten substantially worse.To compare the virus to H1N1 now, with more than 10,000 dead and hundreds of thousands of confirmed infections in the United States, is dubious. To further call the Obama administration’s response a “debacle,” as Trump did in a tweet Tuesday? It’s a descriptor Trump might want to avoid.Why didn’t the I.G., who spent 8 years with the Obama Administration (Did she Report on the failed H1N1 Swine Flu debacle where 17,000 people died?), want to talk


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