It certainly appears as though the White House is giving us mixed signals these days, and at a crucial time in our pandemic progress.
65 days after taking office, Joe Biden finally held his first press conference. It was only after he was certain that he could announce some good news on the vaccine front that he decided to do so, leaving many with the impression that Biden understood that he’d be getting hammered on the border crisis, and he’d have to lead with a vaccine victory lap.
Now, even after telling the nation that we’re going to double Biden’s already lofty goal, it appears as though the administration would prefer that we get back to wearing masks…or else.
President Joe Biden expressed disappointment Monday that coronavirus cases are once again rising, urging states to pause reopening efforts and reinstate mask mandates.
“I’m reiterating my call for every governor, mayor, and local leader to maintain and reinstate the mask mandate,” Biden said at the White House. “Please, this is not politics. Reinstate the mandate if you let it down.”
There was more…
“Mask up. Mask up. It’s a patriotic duty. It’s the only way we get back to normal,” he said.
Joe Biden even urged private businesses to continue requiring that customers wear masks.
He pointed to a warning of “impending doom” from Centers for Disease Control Director Rochelle Walensky earlier Monday, urging Americans to keep following coronavirus restrictions and guidelines.
“This is deadly serious,” Biden said, and added, “The failure to take this virus seriously is what precisely got us into this mess in the first place.
Texas, Florida, and a number of other states have been following the science, and lifting mask and occupancy regulations as they see fit.
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