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Swine flu: Yes, the First Daughters deserve special treatment

I don’t doubt the White House went through the same process to get the swine-flu vaccine for the First Daughters that everyone else in the District must go through:

OBAMA GIRLS GET VACCINATED – N.Y Times’s Sheryl Gay Stolberg reports: ‘The Obama daughters, Malia and Sasha, have gotten their swine flu shots. The White House has been flooded with questions about whether the First Family has been vaccinated against H1N1, the swine flu virus. The administration posted the answer on its Web site Tuesday: President Obama and his wife Michelle will ‘wait until the needs of the priority groups’ –- including young people under 24, pregnant women and people with underlying illnesses –- have been vaccinated. But Malia, 11, and Sasha, 8, fall within the priority groups, and they received their injections last week from the White House doctor, who applied for the vaccine through the District of Columbia Department of Health ‘using the same process as every other vaccination site in the District.”

But does anyone believe those handling the process treated the White House application like every other vaccination site’s in the District? It’s like Meryl Streep saying she went through the casting process for the local Christmas play “just like everyone else,” as if anyone would believe her winning the lead role had nothing to do with her being, I don’t know, Meryl F–g Streep?

Why can’t the White House say what the White House really means? Like, Look, some people simply matter more than others. If the First Daughters caught swine flu and brought it home and the president caught it, that’s a week of feverish, nasty sickness the most important man in the country — and the country itself — probably can’t afford.

But as it turns out, the White House statement is disingenuous and patronizing, which should come as no surprise.

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