Meet America's New Ebola Czar

Tyler Durden's picture

This should fix it and calm the panic:


Forget medical experience, what the USA needs to combat the worst Ebola pandemic ever is "an American lawyer and political operative best known for serving as Chief of Staff to two Vice Presidents - Al Gore (1995–1999) and Joseph Biden (2009–2011)." Gotta wonder how Tom Frieden feels about this...


Via Wikipedia,

Ronald A. "Ron" Klain is an American lawyer and political operative best known for serving as Chief of Staff to two Vice Presidents - Al Gore (1995–1999) and Joseph Biden (2009–2011). He is an influential Democratic Party insider. Earlier in his career, he was a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Byron White during the Court's 1987 and 1988 Terms and worked on Capitol Hill, where he was Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination. He was portrayed by Kevin Spacey in the HBO film Recount depicting the tumult of the 2000 presidential election.

Early life
Klain was born on August 8, 1961 in Indianapolis and grew up in a Jewish home. He graduated from North Central High School[4] in 1979 and was on the school's Brain Game team, which finished as season runner-up.[citation needed] He graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University in 1983. In 1987, he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School,[4] where he won the Sears Prize for the highest grade point average in 1984-85 and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.


Capitol Hill career
Klain's early experience on Capitol Hill included serving as Legislative Director for U.S. Representative Ed Markey. From 1989 to 1992, he served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, overseeing the legal staff's work on matters of constitutional law, criminal law, antitrust law, and Supreme Court nominations. In 1995, Senator Tom Daschle appointed him the Staff Director of the Senate Democratic Leadership Committee.

Clinton administration
Klain joined the Clinton-Gore campaign in 1992. He ultimately was involved in both of Bill Clinton's campaigns, oversaw Clinton's judicial nominations, and was General Counsel to Al Gore's recount committee in the 2000 election aftermath. Some published reports have given him credit for Clinton's "100,000 cops" proposal during the 1992 campaign; at a minimum, he worked closely with Clinton aide Bruce Reed in formulating it. In the White House, he was Associate Counsel to the President, directing judicial selection efforts, and led the team that won confirmation of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Klain left the judicial selection role in 1994 to become Chief of Staff and Counselor to Attorney General Janet Reno. In 1995, he became Assistant to the President, and Chief of Staff and Counselor to Al Gore.

Gore campaign
During Klain's tenure as Gore's Chief of Staff, Gore consolidated his position as the likely Democratic nominee in 2000. Still, Klain was seen as too loyal to Clinton by some longtime Gore advisors. Feuding broke out between Clinton and Gore loyalists in the White House in 1999, and Klain was ousted by Gore campaign chairman Tony Coelho in August of that year. In October 1999, he joined the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers. A year later, Klain returned to the Gore campaign, once Coelho was replaced by William M. Daley. Daley hired Klain for a senior position in the Gore campaign and then named him General Counsel of Gore's Recount Committee.

Legal career
In 1994, Time named Klain one of the "50 most promising leaders in America" under the age of 40. In 1999, Washingtonian magazine named him the top lawyer in Washington under the age of 40, and the American Bar Association’s Barrister magazine named him one of the top 20 young lawyers nationwide. The National Law Journal named him one of its Lawyers of the Year for 2000.

Klain helped Fannie Mae overcome "regulatory issues".

During the 2004 Presidential campaign, Klain worked as an adviser to Wesley Clark in the early primaries. Later, during the General Election, Klain was heavily involved behind the scenes in John Kerry's campaign and is widely credited for his role in preparing Senator Kerry for a strong performance in the debates against President George W. Bush, which gave Kerry a significant boost in the polls.[6] He then acted as an informal adviser to Evan Bayh, who is from Klain's home state of Indiana. Klain has also commented on matters of law and policy on televised programs such as the Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, Capital Report, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and Crossfire.

In 2005, Klain left his partnership at O'Melveny & Myers to serve as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of a new investment firm, Revolution LLC, launched by AOL co-founder Steve Case.

Obama administration
On November 12, 2008, Roll Call announced that Klain had been chosen to serve as Chief of Staff to Vice President Joe Biden, the same role he served for Gore. Klain had worked with Biden previously, having served as counsel to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary while Biden chaired that committee and assisted Biden's speechwriting team during the 1988 presidential campaign.

Klain was mentioned as a possible replacement for White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, but opted to leave the White House for a position in the private sector in January 2011.

Klain apparently signed off on President Obama's support of a $535 million loan guarantee for now-defunct solar-panel company Solyndra. Despite concerns about whether the company was viable, Klain approved an Obama visit, stating, "The reality is that if POTUS visited 10 such places over the next 10 months, probably a few will be belly-up by election day 2012."

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1000yrdstare's picture

so he's experienced?....were screwed..

Xibalba's picture

jump ship b4 it's too late!

MeMadMax's picture

I knew we were screwed, but how badly?

It seems that it won't end until the world is a giant smoldering crater...


Or ebola gets them all...

y3maxx's picture

..."Czar"?......USSA becomes more like old USSR every day...

GetZeeGold's picture



A're kidding me.....right?


The guy that signed off on Solyndra?

surfsup's picture

Bonzo can eaily put him in a Hazmat Suit !!!  A "Halloween Surprise!"  

Keyser's picture

Time to bug out before other countries close their borders to US citizens... 

X.inf.capt's picture


wonder whats going to happen by this time next week?

TruthInSunshine's picture

Never trust a chin that round. It's the assistant czar.

Guy is a consummate example of D.C. inside baseball & prototypical career political hack.

Having said that, there's this:

- "Lobbying
Klain helped Fannie Mae overcome "regulatory issues."

- "In 2005, Klain left his partnership at O'Melveny & Myers to serve as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of a new investment firm, Revolution LLC, launched by AOL co-founder Steve Case."


eclectic syncretist's picture

Leave it to Olbombya to choose someone less qualified and like more dangerous than Tommy Boy Frieden.

pods's picture

I know why they are called "the chosen ones."

Seems they are always chosen to run important things for our owners.

You just make up this shit anymore.  


fuu's picture

Can we at least get a fucking doctor in place as the Ebola Czar and not another Beltway lawyer who was general council on Gore's recount effort in Florida and sucked Joe Biden's dick for years?

knukles's picture

Time for Impeachment

Manthong's picture

He needs to go to Liberia and get an up-close look.

He should interview an infected person one-on-one so that he can best understand.

Then he needs to go back and directly report his findings and plan to the president.

kaiserhoff's picture

Well great.

We needed more Jews managing every aspect of life and death in America.

economics9698's picture

Haven’t they figured out yet Harvard means shit for brains?  Maybe when they are at deaths door.

Poundsand's picture

How deep on the bench must they have gone to find him...

redpill's picture

Perfect example of Obama thinking.  Gee, who's the best person to handle a deadly virus epidemic?  A lawyer lobbyist of course!  Fucking pathetic.

BigJim's picture

I is Klain, King of the Ebolas!

SilverIsKing's picture

As a kid, I would go to the Jai Alai Frontons in Bridgeport or Milford, CT or in Dania or Miami, FL.

I distinctly remember one of the players who was named EBOLACZAR.

Good to see that he has a career after tossing the pelota for many years.

Tom Servo's picture

A jewish lawyer, we're saved!  Give that man a 3rd term...


Ms. Erable's picture

I, for one, welcome our newest incompetent, unelected bureaucrat into the collectivist fold. No need to be petty or stingy - plenty of rope to go around.

Four chan's picture

theres a klan joke in here somewhere.

svayambhu108's picture

> ..."Czar"?......USSA becomes more like old USSR every day...

or Tsarist Russia and we know how that ended for the Romanovs

mjcOH1's picture

"so he's experienced?....were screwed.."

Don't be an ingrate. Do you know how much tax money it took to hire the chad-counter to do this job? You can rest assured that your government has spared no expense. The casualty recounting will continue for as long as it takes until a politically acceptable number is achieved.

Midas's picture

"I have a plan.  We've got this guy, Not Sure, and he is the smartest man alive!  And he is going to fix the ebola and ecomony all in one week, or I am going to kick his smart balls all the way to the roof of his smart mouth!"


President Dwayne Barack Mountain Dew Comacho Obama.

dontgoforit's picture

I wanna be czar of Flim Flam.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

This boob Obama's appointment of lobbyist/hack Klain is rock solid evidence of Obama's sophomoric fecklessness, his incompetence, his dishonesty.  Only now, it is getting Americans ill/killed right here in America, not just in his little wars.  He appoints a hack lobbyist to spin Obola, not to resolve the crisis. This guy is toast, deservedly.  What a disgrace.

disabledvet's picture

I keep wanting to pronounce this guys name as "Klan."

As Commander Data said when the Enterpsrise was crashing into that planet "oh, shit."

0b1knob's picture

Well at least we now know what happened to Flounder from Animal House.

Drunk, stupid, fat and bleeding from your eyes is no way to go through life.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

BUT OBAMA IS A MUSLIM.  And now he appointed a Jewish guy to be Ebola Czar?  I am a very confused boy...

Seriously, anyone who thinks Obama appointed this guy has rocks for brains.  Obama TAKES ORDERS.  He doesn't give them.

Bollixed's picture

"...what the USA needs to conbat the worst Ebola pandemic..."

Conbat, describes it to a tee.

Bangalore Equity Trader's picture

Listen Ebola Czar.

Show us your two "PASSPORTS". Wave them in the air, like ya just don't care!

Oh regional Indian's picture are spot on.


This is now a full retard situation, wehre we all know we shoudl never go.

A political hack is the Ebola Czar.

Words fail me. 

I mean, holy fuck! And why a Jooish bro, again?

I think nefariousness is going to go to 11 on this one....

Remember these words...

Bangalore Equity Trader's picture

Listen ORI,

Many of the Zero's have been taunting me with images of eBola on our soil. I say we will get it last if atall. Are you ready? What is your plan? You in Bangalore man or elsewhere?

Oh regional Indian's picture

Namma Bengaluru Bro.

We should connect...

Mail me via my user account.

As for Ebola...

Bangalore alone can kill twice as quick, if one can survive it, Ebola...pshaw!

That said, if it is real (2% probability at this point), our tight squeeze cities wll be a mess.

As for the taunters, they make up a small but vociferous (super ugly comments) part of the guys here, I give them a pass. It is the USSA, racist pricks will make up at least 5% of any demographic, what?


pods's picture


Well if the mexicans would go back home and allow the blacks to go back to work then the jews wouldn't need to print up money and loan it to the government!

If that happened, we wouldn't need racists.


Bangalore Equity Trader's picture


Oh, that reminds me. We should all be "RACE" identifying at the end of comment.

Race: Indian.

pods's picture

Hey if you woulda had some BBQ at Smokey's while you were here you would identify yourself as Southern.



dontgoforit's picture

Ted Turner and the elites want to play God - now see, that's where they get us all into trouble.  They need to take their quanum pills and fade to black before they really piss Him off.

Falconsixone's picture

So is jew a race or just determine the winner (a jew)?

angel_of_joy's picture

Those silly Russians managed to conquer half of Asia with ONE czar only. America nowadays seems to need a "czar" for every piece of imaginable gov crap, including changing the toilet paper in WH. Just saying...

BurningFuld's picture

Settle down knukles. How do you know he did not take viral epidemiology as an elective at Harvard?

knukles's picture

I know a buncha folks in my county's health department (golf buds).
The epidemiologist has always been heretofore, viewed as a fucking dummy.  And this time around he's telling everybody that there's no reason to even worry, because This Is Not Africa
Yup....  That's the only reason

Plus, one of the heads of one of the medical units, when I asked if they were prepared, said that the only people who believe it's aerosol or airborne are on FOX news.

Now that's people knowing their shit, folks!

NotApplicable's picture

I for one, love it when medicine gets politicized. Yet another reason I haven't seen a "doctor" in over ten years.

I'll be picking more wild rose hips over the weekend instead.

BurningFuld's picture

I was of course being sarcastic.