If you are anything like me, you’ve noticed that our new president, Joe Biden, has been relatively absent for his first nearly two months in office. I understand that he has an entire department of staff to do all his talking for him and give the media their time.
However, it is rather strange that he hasn’t formally addressed the nation once yet. And I’m not the only one to notice. Even reporters at the White House have complained of such.
This is most likely why Biden was finally put in front of the camera for a lone press conference on Friday.
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If you missed it, his 30-minute speech went about as we all expected it to. Biden largely rambled on about the great job he and his staff were doing handling the COVID pandemic and about how Trump was horrible at it.
The biggest news was the announcement that vaccines should be eligible for every American by May 1. And, of course, this is all thanks to his hard work – no matter that the vaccine and original rollout plans were implemented before he was even in office.
However, he wants you to know that his fantastic vaccine plans don’t mean you can forget about social distancing, masking, or other methods of stopping the spread.
In fact, in the coming weeks, he plans to give you further “guidance” on exactly what you can and cannot do after the vaccine.
And yes, he said, “can and cannot do.”
“In the coming weeks, we will issue further guidance on what you can and cannot do once fully vaccinated, to lessen the confusion, to keep people safe, and encourage more people to get vaccinated.”
He doesn’t say there will be coming words about what you “should” or “shouldn’t” do. Instead, he will tell us what to do, insinuating that it is more of a command than a word of caution.
Of course, like a father trying to keep his unruly children in line, he sinks to bribery and flattery to get this done.
First, he uses the latter, saying, “I promise I will do everything in my power, I will not relent until we beat this virus, but I need you, the American people. I need you. I need every American to do their part. And that’s not hyperbole. I need you.”
And if that didn’t convince you to do his bidding, how about a treat?
He said, “I need you to get vaccinated when it’s your turn and when you can find an opportunity, and to help your family and friends and neighbors get vaccinated as well. Because here’s the point: If we all do this, if we do our part, if we do this together, by July the 4th, there’s a good chance you, your families, and friends will be able to get together in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout and a barbeque and celebrate Independence Day.”
Really? We get to have a party? Oh, boy… I’m so excited…
By the way, I laid the sarcasm on really thick there. And for good reason.
I mean, what kind of American likes the idea of some man in Washington, thousands of miles away from many of us, telling us how and how not we can celebrate our nation’s independence?
It’s a bit of an oxymoron, don’t you think?
And apparently, Fox News’s Tucker Carlson has similar views.
Mere seconds after Biden’s first national speech, which Tucker’s reaction to was live, the host gave a verbal beating to Biden for having the audacity to treat the whole of America as children.
He said, “If you take that shot, things potentially could get back to normal. No mention at all of the people who might not want to take that shot. But the president said if you take that shot and wear your mask and listen to Dr. Fauci, it is possible, not assured, but possible, that you might be able to gather – in small groups – with the ones you love for the Fourth of July.”
But here’s where it gets good, “Who are you talking to? This is a free people. This is a free country. How dare you tell us who we can spend the Fourth of July with?”
My thoughts exactly.
Biden’s going to learn really quick that America is not a child that he can order around or bribe into “good behavior.” And the sooner he understands that, the better.