Darrell Issa’s Obama Bashing Backfires When He Uses a Weather App To Defeat Ebola On CNN

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Rep. Darrell Issa humiliated himself on CNN today. While criticizing President Obama’s Ebola response, Issa held up his smartphone to show the world how easy it would be to monitor body temperatures on our phones. Unfortunately for him, the phone gave him the weather forecast, not his body temperature.


CROWLEY: Because, in Africa, I’m told a lot of it has to do with inserting I.V. fluids and less about dealing, because they have so many cases that are dying — so it’s more about dehydration than about most other things.

But, having said that, let’s say I have two non-doctors forget that conversation for a moment, because I’m not sure you answered the question. The question is, is — we understand why the governors may have done it. Is it a good idea?

ISSA: Science has told us, if we are to take them at their word, that if somebody does not have an elevated temperature or the other later symptoms, that we can rely on them not being contagious.

If that’s true, then immediate isolation of people for 21 days is not the answer. Again, trust matters. If we had begun this process by saying you have to monitor people continuously coming into this country for 10 days — now we think it’s 11 or 12 — and know whether their temperature rises to know if they were exposed, and we’re doing that, then I think the public would have confidence.

But, in this case, we didn’t do that. We had Mr. Duncan come in with elevated temperature. We weren’t checking it. And now we’re playing catchup.

The important thing is, we need to agree that we made mistakes. Government needs to have a plan. And, Candy, some of the plans are pretty straightforward. I — I — you know, when I was coming in, I looked and I said, you know how many apps are on the iPhone that you can monitor your temperature continuously?

We need to ask how are we going to have everyone coming into this country who may have had contact, how are we going to make it easy, predictable and verifiable that we’re knowing their temperatures for those next X-amount of days?

If we do that, then we have a monitoring system that can prevent this kind of individual action by the states. If we don’t do that, then the American people are asking their governors to protect them.

At one point, Issa held up his iPhone to demonstrate how easy it would be for people to take their own temperatures, but Rep. Issa may need to get to a hospital, because there was something very wrong with the image on his screen:


While explaining how easy it would be for everyone to monitor their temperatures with their phones, Issa held up a phone with a weather app on it for the world to see. Without realizing it, Issa sabotaged the very point that he was trying to make. Issa also clearly doesn’t understand that most of the body temperature apps on iTunes are clearly marked for entertainment purposes only. The accurate apps are the ones that come with thermometers that plug into your phone. Thus, the only way a phone can effectively be used to measure body temperature is if it is attached to a thermometer.

Rep. Issa was wrong. The American people can’t defeat Ebola with their smartphones. It is going to take good, old fashioned screening and monitoring of people who might be at risk. However, if you want to know if it is going to rain on Wednesday, Darrell Issa’s smartphone has got you covered.

H/T: Steve Contorno

48 Replies to “Darrell Issa’s Obama Bashing Backfires When He Uses a Weather App To Defeat Ebola On CNN”

  1. anything that embarrasses Issa is okay by me. To be brought down by a lowly smartphone. How wonderful is technology..

  2. You can’t use your smart phone to monitor your body temperature, but apparently it can be used to determine which users are not smart enough to own one.

  3. And probably an outdated smart phone at that.. Anybody see his staff member ?? Probably had to turn it on for him and start the app

  4. Come on Orange and Northern San Diego County. Enough is enough. Please vote Issa out of office and replace him with Dave Peiser!

  5. “Government needs to have a plan. And, Candy, some of the plans are pretty straightforward.”

    Mr. Issa, are you saying that now government is okay to have? I thought government was the problem?

  6. Using a smartphone to defeat “Eboli” that originated in the South America country of “Guyana”. Who writes his material?

  7. Could be worse. He could be that idiotic news anchor telling people to make sure they don’t eat “poop”. Yeah… that’s bright. Oh, and if anyone thinks that good old screening and monitoring (like Duncan) will take care of it, I’d like to allow those people to volunteer to do that task, then. The nurses who contracted the disease were doing just that! OOOoorrr… keep those who have had contact with Ebola patients, quarantined prior to traveling from the area where they were at risk. It’s not rocket science…

  8. Ah, I see in Meaghan we have lost another to the irrationality and the fear-mongering antics of politicians and news media.

    Surely if you can find your way to this website, you can navigate the Internet sufficiently to educate yourself about Ebola – including how it is and, most importantly, how it is NOT transmitted.

    It is not, as you wrote, rocket science.

  9. This is the man that held a hearing on ebola and called it ” aboli ” multiple times and said the country of origin is
    “Guyana”, instead of Guinea.

    I was surprised the panel did not laugh in his face last week.

  10. Speaks to the Fact that being “Overly Wealthy” does not Necessarily Signify Being “Overly Smart or Intelligent”, as All Too Often, “When Wealth Goes into the Head”, it Seems to Breed “Snobbery, Arrogance, Being Obnoxious, Being Presumptuous, Being Contemptuous, Being Sanctimonious, and Even Narcissistic in a Society !

    Just Saying ! :-?

  11. Luckily for them, “Eboli in Guyana” is non-existant. Let’s make Darrell Issa nonexistent in 2014! This guy holds the title of the richest person and the biggest lying crook in Congress. And the latter part is REALLY a feat, if you look at the likes of the teabagging right-wing extremists who couldn’t use their Fox-infected brain to find their way out of a paper bag — which of course they would blame Obama for bringing conspiracy bags to America from Kenya, or “Guyana.”

  12. Djchefron,

    While Congressman Issa is widely considered a grandstanding idiot, I hope you do realize that the quarantine in question was jointly imposed by both Democrat and a Republican Governors.

    You could have done your own research on this topic, but since you are too lazy to do so, please be advised that every state is considered a sovereign entity and under our nation’s laws has the primary authority to impose a quarantine.

    According to the Federal Government’s Congressional Research Service:

    While the federal government has authority to authorize quarantine and isolation under certain circumstances, the primary authority for quarantine and isolation exists at the state level as an exercise of the state’s police power.

    In general, the CDC defers to the state and local health authorities in their primary use of their own separate quarantine powers. Every state has the authority to pass and enforce quarantine laws.

  13. Issa knows how to measure body temperature with a smartphone. He’s just confused about where to insert it.

  14. “We had Mr. Duncan come in with elevated temperature.”

    That’s not what I understand happened. They were checking and he didn’t have symptoms while he was flying. More lies and misinformation.

  15. Ease up on poor Daryl you guys. Can’t you all see how much pain he is in since the cancellation of Honey Boo Boo.

  16. and the host of “Ben & Ghazi” Mr Darrell Issa and his special guest all the way from Africa Mr Ebola….

  17. CNN has lost any credibility it had left when they decided to have this moron on. He has the audacity to question the President’s credibility when he has zero of his own and CNN gives him a microphone. Doesn’t he grandstand enough on his own with his fake hearings?

  18. this guy darryl issa is a disgrace to this country and has no credibility whatsoever. I wish someone would have asked him the following question- with all these fake Obama scandals, investigations lasting for 3 years, millions of taxpayer dollars, time and resources, so why have there still been not one shred of evidence linking Obama to any of the rightwing so called scandals and why do republicans keep wasting time, energy, and money on these bogus witch hunts and political stunts???

  19. someone made a comment regarding honey boo boo. this show should have been canceled a long time ago. this family of overweight dysfunctional degenerates has done so much to embarrass and disgrace this great nation here at home and especially worldwide. people see a show like that and think americans are the most out of shape, lazy, ignorant, disgusting, disrespectful, and gross people on the planet. the mother should be ashamed of herself!! dating a convicted pedophile who sexually assaulted one of her younger relatives, is just the most backwards, incredulous, disgusting, despicable, unbelievable, horrifying, and plain unforgivable. shame on honey boo boo and all the other ‘reality’ shows about these southern hillbillies which make America look like a bunch of idiots!

  20. I disagree with your point of view. Honey Boo Boo is a documentary showcasing the GOP’s primary voting bloc. We’re being intolerant and narrow-minded in not giving consideration to their ‘out-of-shape, lazy, ignorant, disgusting, disrespectful and gross’ followers.

  21. The best quote I heard was Chris Christie saying
    “This is government’s job. If anything else, the government’s job is to protect the safety and health of our citizens.”

    Perhaps Christie should be addressing those remarks not to the president but to the twenty or so governors that have brushed aside Medicaid expansion in their respective states. Governors like, Rick Perry and Scott Walker don’t seem to think government has any responsibility to provide adequate health care. They haven’t show any sign of recognizing the safety when it came to the low-income families in their own states.

  22. 59F Wow, he would be dead of hypothermia…or if it’s 59C…ISSA HAS EBOLA!!!!! Either way, he’s dead. For you Non metric folks, that’s 138.2F Be funny if we suddenly see spontaneously combustion… [WINK]

  23. Watching Sr. Issa on his committee discussisng Ebola and watching him on national TV discussing EBOLA—I get the feeling he does not know much about it, so he comes off as if he is reading from prepared notes his staffers give him. He does not grasp it, to discuss it effectively and convincingly. Obama did.
    But Issa sure knows how to talk about: B E N G HA Z I !

  24. Wouldn’t it be great if all politicians were required to pass an IQ test before running for office?

  25. A smart phone smarter than issa? Just shows the GOP inbreeding. In California he is not a welcome person. He is in my opinion not too truthful.

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