Swine Flu Update from the Administration, en Español

May 8, 2009 1:40pm

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports: President Obama made an impromptu appearance at the Univision Spanish-Language Town Hall meeting today on the H1N1 virus. “I want to ensure everybody that we’re seeing that the virus may not have been as virulent as we at first feared, but we’re not out of the woods yet,” The president said. “And we still have to take precautions." The town hall, led by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Univision anchor Edna Schmidt, was organized by the administration to listen to community concerns and inform the public about the government’s efforts to control the impact of the H1N1 virus. The president prompted those participating in-person and watching to give information to their family and friends about “common-sense” approaches to preventing this virus — covering your mouths, and staying home if sick. “Our experience with the H1N1 virus over the last couple of weeks is a sobering reminder of how vital it is that we all recognize we’re all in this together,” Obama said. “We can’t be divided by communities.  And that means that government at every level has to make sure that good information is getting out to every part of the broader American community.” The town hall — which continued well after President Obama left — was intended to engage Hispanics to make sure that accurate information about the virus reaches every corner of the country, and non-English speakers. Portions of the town hall will air on Univision’s nightly news, on their Sunday public affairs program “Al Punto,” and the whole meeting was webcast live on the White House website. The entire town hall was conducted in Spanish, except one part, prompting President Obama to make note of his shortcomings. “I’m very proud of this first White House town hall meeting conducted entirely in Spanish. I am grateful — except for my part,” the president joked, “You know, I’m kind of messing up the whole thing." — Sunlen Miller

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