HEALTH: Obama’s Goal to Wipe Out Malaria May Be a Dream Too Far.

Two days before delivering his last State of the Union address, President Obama called one of his top advisers into the Oval Office and said he had decided to add a major pledge to the speech that his team had neither discussed nor vetted: to rid the world of malaria.

“It was his belief that we were nearing a kind of tipping point when we should set a major goal of eradicating malaria,” said the aide, Benjamin J. Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser.

Mr. Rhodes was given 48 hours to make sure the president could follow through on his commitment.

We came close once before, but environmentalists ruined it.