CHICAGO (AP) – President Barack Obama, rarely one to leave anything to chance, is keeping a flexible schedule this week as his administration’s response to the Ebola scare continues to evolve.
The work-in-progress approach is a departure from the normal practice in which the president’s schedule is previewed days in advance. The blank slate reflects the White House’s attempt to stay nimble, leaving Obama room to maneuver amid a public health crisis that has been anything but predictable.
After waking up in his own bed Monday at his family’s home in Chicago, Obama plans to vote early for the Nov 4 midterm elections and attend a fundraiser for Democrats. How he’ll spend the rest of the week is anyone’s guess.
Last week, Obama twice had to cancel planned campaign trips at the last minute to stay in Washington to focus on Ebola. This week, Obama is hoping to avoid such last-minute cancelations and show he’s singularly focused on the task at hand.
It’s a change of pace for Obama, who is typically reluctant to get sidetracked by events of the moment. His aides tend to hunker down when faced with setbacks outside their control. But in recent months, Obama has come under criticism for maintaining his schedule – golf, vacation and all – even when events in Iraq, Ukraine or the US-Mexico border demanded his attention.