And that very night, all the world saw a maskless Biden give a speech on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial.
Yes, the same Lincoln Memorial that is federal property.
Not only that, Biden posed for pictures with his family at the memorial. There were times when the family members did not have masks on.
So much for avoiding maskless family gatherings. I hope the Secret Service gathered contact-tracing information just in case this turns out to have been a super-spreader event.
Or maybe all the Bidens who took part in the festivities live together in the same household. Of perhaps they’re part of Joe’s personal coronavirus pod.
Biden hasn’t only mandated wearing masks on federal property, which includes everything from courthouses to post offices, but the president has also called for the wearing of masks on all planes, trains and buses that travel interstate.
Biden has also asked all Americans to voluntarily wear facial coverings at all times during the president’s first 100 days in office.
This is, after all, our patriotic duty in these pandemic times. It’s how we show that we care not only for ourselves but for our fellow Americans.
But Biden didn’t feel that he had to always observe his own newly minted stricture at the Lincoln Memorial. Neither did his family members.
C’mon, man, as Biden might say.
Imagine the reaction from the media if former President Donald Trump had eschewed wearing a mask during some big public rally or outdoor celebration.
Actually, we don’t have to imagine the reaction. We know what happened. Trump was excoriated for his lackadaisical attitude toward masking and his general disdain for pretty much every coronavirus precaution.
But say what you want, at least Trump was walking his own walk. He thought that wearing a mask was coronavirus theater and did no real medical good. He didn’t pretend otherwise. And he lived with the consequences, ending up in Walter Reed Hospital with coronavirus last year.
Where Trump dismissed COVID-19, saying it would magically blow over, Biden would take the bull by the horns. And that would include striking the right public posture and doing all the little things that showed his fellow Americans that the president took this pandemic seriously.
Biden in his inaugural address said that he would lead by the power of his example. It was more than fair to assume that that meant wearing a mask. After all, we’ve been told all these long months that it’s really such a simple thing to do.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said all the wrong things when asked about her maskless boss.
Biden was celebrating a historic American moment at the Lincoln Memorial, she said at a press briefing. She pointed out that the White House observes many pandemic precautions.
(BA)YWVFVPMSJCNIV66DOWQ”>When pressed by Fox News reporter Peter Doocy about whether Biden had set a good example by going maskless, Psaki said, “I think we have bigger issues to worry about at this moment in time.”
Is there a bigger issue in America right now than the coronavirus pandemic?
In other words, let them eat cake, according to Psaki. Rules for thee but not for me.
DAXHEMCFNFPFM”>Here’s the deal, Mr. President: If we have to wear masks, so do you. We know it’s sometimes inconvenient. And it doesn’t always make for the prettiest pictures.
But, really, it’s for the good of all of us.