I often worried about Dr. Anthony Fauci back in the fore-fore times.
If people weren’t accusing him of advocating monstrous and/or feckless policy proposals, the so-called president of the United States was only too happy to do so.
Donald Trump is so anti-science, he managed to turn a 5-foot, 7-inch, 80-year-old career civil servant into an ogre in the eyes of millions of Americans.
But while Trump’s moldering haggis brain forced us down numerous blind alleys in the past year (I’m still waiting for my Amway shipment of hydroxychloroquine to sell to benighted MAGAs at itinerant carnivals), there’s a new president in town. And he’s a real president this time.
And, oh gee, Fauci has noticed the difference! (Second tweet)
REPORTER: “You’ve joked a couple times today already about the difference that you feel in kind of being the spokesperson for this issue in this administration versus the previous one. Can you talk a little bit about how free, how much different, do you feel less constrained? … For so many times that you stood up behind the podium with Donald Trump standing behind you, that was a different feeling, I’m sure, than it is today. Can you talk a little bit about how you feel kind of released from what you had been doing for the last year?”
FAUCI: “You said I was joking about it; I was very serious [laughs] about it. I wasn’t joking. No, actually, I mean obviously I don’t want to be going back over history, but it was very clear that there were things that were said regarding things like hydroxychloroquine and other things like that that really was uncomfortable because they were not based on scientific fact. I can tell you I take no pleasure at all in being in a situation of contradicting the president, so it was really something that you didn’t feel that you could actually say something and there wouldn’t be any repercussions about it. The idea that you can get up here and talk about what you know, what the evidence, what the science is, and know that’s it—let the science speak—it is somewhat of a liberating feeling.”
Oh, imagine that. When scientists can base their policy prescriptions on science and not the stock market or Donald Trump’s Brobdingnagian bladder of brain methane, they look refreshed—like they’ve suddenly gone from wallowing in 3-week-old hog shit to cavorting with flaxen-haired nymphs in enchanted forest streams.
For months Fauci has looked like he hasn’t moved his bowels since about 20 minutes before the infamous Clorox conference. Now he looks pleased as punch.
And … bonus clip!
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) January 21, 2021
FAUCI: “You know, one of the new things in this administration is if you don’t know the answer, don’t guess. Just say you don’t know the answer.”
Apparently, one of the things Fauci doesn’t know is that Donald Trump knows everything.
How will this new administration cope when its chief executive slavishly adheres to sound, science-based reasoning faithfully rendered in the form of cogent and clearly expressed linear thought?
It’s gonna be a BIG adjustment, let me just say.
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