Dear Mr. President – October 2, 2020

October 2, 2020

Dear Mr. President, (and First Lady, and close advisor, Hope Hicks and everyone else in the White House who may also be infected with the Donald Trump Virus but about whom we have not yet heard),

First of all, it’s sad to hear that you have the virus and are experiencing “mild symptoms”. I certainly hope that mild continues to describe your symptoms, but I also hope you will be honest with the country if they are not. I know Speaker Pelosi is praying for you and the Missus as are many other people. You should try to believe that prayer helps or, as some would say, it couldn’t hurt. You are not the first national leader to become ill with this disease during the pandemic. Remember England’s Boris Johnson, Brazil’s Juan Hernandez, Guatemala’s Alejandro Giammattei (actually, I never heard of him so maybe you didn’t either), and the Armenian Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan? What about Putin? I read that he is doing a lot of Zoom meetings and not so much in person visits. That’s starting to look like a lot better idea than all the flying around, in-door fund raising and unmasked, no social distancing rallies. I know you’ve heard that before but maybe the DTVirus has shown you in its own way, that those rallies are not a good idea.I also read and heard this morning that the White House folks are still not masking up. It seems that you and your people put too much faith in testing without practicing the advice from your expert health and infectious disease experts. Your new guy, Dr. Scott Atlas, pushed the idea that masks were not necessarily good, that children cannot pass on the virus and it’s not the government’s job to stamp out the virus even if it is okay to protect the vulnerable. He’s probably going to recommend you drink the Clorox. (Don’t). It’s not clear how to protect the vulnerable except by stamping out the virus but, maybe he knows about something else. In the meantime, maybe you could push the idea that masks and social distancing really are our current best plans.

You have managed to change the focal point of the news back to the virus. You tried super hard to move towards Law and Order and Economy and how great you are with the Blacks and Latinos. But, as Joe Biden said, it’s the pandemic that has led to a failing economy and you are not the greatest thing since sliced bread (he didn’t really say that), for people of color. It is so hard for you to admit that your efforts to “Slow the Spread” and “Open Up” were not completely successful on their own even with your Executive Orders in January or pushing for the manufacture of ventilators. There always is something else you could do to stamp out the pandemic but right now, you need to concentrate on your health.

By the way, I read your Tweet “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER! Actually, being in quarantine means we will not go through this together with you. Where will you quarantine? Chris Cuomo quarantined in his basement. Maybe you could go to the bunker. I certainly join everyone who hopes and or prays for your recovery.

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