Over the last year, we’ve become depressingly used to politicians adopting a “do what I say, not what I do” approach to the coronavirus. While telling the public to eschew their families, avoid going out to restaurants, and postpone travel to some distant point in the future, these politicians have partaken in all the fruits of the pre-COVID world. It’s come to the point where it’s almost less about hypocrisy and more about, “Hey, I’m a governor, what are you gonna do about it?” The stink of elitism is palpable.
And, apparently, it is a stink that has traveled all the way to the Oval Office. On his first day in office, Joe Biden signed an executive order mandating that everyone on federal property must wear a mask at all times for the next 100 days. And how long did Biden last before violating his own executive order? Only a few short hours.
At the first White House press conference of the new administration, Press Secretary Jen Psaki called on reporter Peter Doocy (practically the only one in the room willing to give her anything other than softballs), who questioned her about the violation.
“Why weren’t President Biden and all members of the Biden family masked at all times on federal lands last night if he signed an Executive Order that mandates masks on federal lands at all times?” Doocy asked.
“At the inaugural–“
“At the Lincoln Memorial, yes,” Doocy explained.
“I think Steve, he was celebrating an evening of a historic day in our country, and certainly he signed the mask mandate because it’s a way to send a message to the American public about the importance of wearing masks, how it can save tens of thousands of lives,” Psaki replied. “We take a number of COVID precautions as you know here in terms of testing, social distancing, mask wearing ourselves as we do every single day, but I don’t know that I have more for you on it than that.”
Doocy pushed back on this non-answer: “But as Joe Biden often talks about, it is not just important the example of power, but the power of our example. Was that a good example for people who were watching that might not being paying attention normally?”
“Well Steve, I think the power of his example is also the message he sends by signing 25 Executive Orders, including almost half of them related to COVID, uh, the requirements that we’re all under every single day here to ensure we’re sending that message to the public,” Psaki said. “Yesterday was a historic moment in our history, he was inaugurated as President of the United States. He was surrounded by his family. We take a number of precautions, but I think we have bigger issues to worry about.”
Yeah. Like ivory tower Democrats obsessed with implementing rules they can’t themselves follow.