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Obama says world has responsibility to act; Ebola to “get worse before it gets better”

The Washington Post by Juliet Eilperin and Lena H. Sun, September 16th, 2014

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On Tuesday, President Obama announced that the U.S. will lead efforts in controlling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  To stop the wide spreading virus that has taken over Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, and Senegal, Obama pledged to dispatch 3,000 military personnel to the region.  After meeting at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta,  the president shared his thoughts on intensifying the country's involvement during a short press conference.  "“The reality is, this epidemic is going to get worse before it gets better. But right now the world still has an opportunity to save countless lives.”"  There was also information that The Pentagon will establish a separate regional staging base in Senegal and 17 treatment centers will be set up there too.  Those in West Africa will help do tasks ranging from bringing in aid workers and medical equipment to distributing supplies and information kits to families suffering from Ebola.  Obama is confident that "“Our armed services is better at that than any organization on Earth.”"  The president met with doctors from Emory University Hospital who treated two Americans who had been infected with the virus.  Obama understands the magnitude of the virus and on Capitol Hill, both Democrats and Republicans are in support of donation.  The board of the World Bank approved a $105 million emergency grant to the three countries most affected; Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, in hope that Ebola will stop killing innocent people.

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Democracy and equality are linked to this story

Democracy was present in the funding decision when on Capitol Hill, both Republicans and Democrats expressed support for the president’s plan.  This then lead to the Pentagon spending nearly $1 billion combating the epidemic.  Equality was linked to the story because Obama thought that although those ill are mostly in West Africa, they should still be treated with the best armed services in the world.  Obama's goal in this situation is to care for those in need, give them food, shelter, and medicine, but most of all, assist them free of charge.  Our president expresses this equality not just nationally, but worldwide.

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