By George Smith — October 28, 2021
A thought about what a certain image could have accomplished:
Time travel with me back to February 20, 2020. President Donald said this about Covid 19:
“When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done.”
Now, let’s jump to April 3, 2020 in Coronavirus Task Force televised meeting announcing a CDC-recommended mask mandate where Trump said this:
“It’s going to be, really, a voluntary thing. You can do it. You don’t have to do it. I’m choosing not to do it, but some people may want to do it, and that’s OK. It may be good. Probably will. They’re making a recommendation. It’s only a recommendation.”
What if….on that day, instead of sticking to the macho statement above, the president of the United States opted to give a prime time live speech from the Oval Office. As the cameras activate, he is sitting, masked, behind the iconic Resolute Desk. He encourages all American residents to “Mask up! to keep the pandemic at bay.”
Now, jump to August 23, 2020. President Donald Trump, flanked by his family, cabinet members and staff, plus key members of both parties in Congress, is in just shirt sleeves on the South Lawn of the White House. In a prime time broadcast carried on every major network as a national emergency broadcast, Donald Trump is vaccinated.
After he gets his shot, all those with him are lined up and get immunized.
The total number of U.S. deaths from Covid will hit 750,000 in November.
How many more folks would be alive today if our president had used the power of his bully pulpit for information and positive action rather than the power of his bloaviated ego to further cement political adoration from his herd of conspiracy theory and anti-vaxx sheep?
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