President Barack Obama will appoint Ron Klain to head up efforts to address the Ebola threat, a senior administration official tells NBC News. Klain is a former chief of staff to both Vice President Joe Biden and former Vice President Al Gore. He left the vice president's office in 2011. He is now the president of Case Holdings and serves as the general counsel for Revolution, an investment organization.
President Obama remained at the White House on Thursday to focus on the government's response to Ebola, canceling a second day of election-season travel as the administration concentrated on what is already turning into a political as well as a public health crisis. [...] After a nearly two-hour meeting in the Oval Office, Mr. Obama offered extended remarks on the Ebola situation, promising that the government would be closely monitoring anyone who might be at risk of the disease and suggesting that he is considering appointing an official to oversee the crisis. Mr. Obama said that he had been in touch with Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio, where one of the infected nurses traveled by plane. Mr. Obama also participated in a conference call with workers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stationed in Atlanta, Dallas and West Africa.