OK, Mr. President, I cannot let your self-aggrandizement stand.
Today, you gave your response to the coronavirus crisis a “10,” also while giving the professionals a “10” for their actions to deal with the pandemic.
Let me try to parse this answer carefully, Mr. President.
The pros you’ve gathered to direct the federal response have done a stellar job, given the confusion and chaos you’ve provided with (a) your big mouth and (b) your Twitter account.
Dr. Anthony Fauci has sought to provide a realistic view of the crisis that’s still developing. He says the “worst is yet to come.” Meanwhile, you keep saying we’ve got this virus under control. Then you had Larry Kudlow, the economics adviser, tell us the virus has been “contained,” although he tried to qualify it by saying it wasn’t bulletproof. The virus is far from contained anywhere on Earth, Mr. President, so you need to tell your pal Larry to shut his trap, too.
Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams has sought to lend a key voice of reason. The health and human services secretary presents a professional demeanor. Oh, and the vice president, Mike Pence? Well, his obsequiousness is nauseating … but that’s just me.
I shouldn’t need to remind you to stop glad-handing those around you or to stop handling microphones while others get ready to speak to us about the coronavirus. However, you don’t get it, Mr. President.
I do applaud the tone you took today. I am heartened to hear you actually thank the media for the work they are doing to keep Americans informed. I am not sure about your sincerity, but the words are welcomed among the ranks of those you have vilified and demonized as purveyors of “fake news.”
Still, Mr. President, you need to cool it with the self-congratulations. Dish out the good word to those who are doing the work. You, sir, need simply to stop talking and let others tell us the truth … given that you are incapable of doing so.