🇺🇸 Biden’s Message to America
December 22, 2021

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A Message to America

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According to the CDC, the Omicron variant is now responsible for more than 70% of recent COVID-19 cases in the US.

Reporting from the Right: Last week, President Biden said, "We are looking at a winter of severe illness and death for the unvaccinated – for themselves, their families, and the hospitals they'll soon overwhelm." (Fox News)

Reporting from the Left: Yesterday, in a speech, President Biden told an anxious nation that “we should all be concerned about Omicron, but not panicked.” His plan includes readying military medical workers to help hospitals, setting up testing and vaccine sites, and distributing free tests. (New York Times)

From the Flag: Here’s what both sides are saying about the Omicron variant and Biden's messages to America.


Mostly Pro-Vaccine, But More Pro-Vaccine Choice. Messaging from the White House Is Dehumanizing and Divisive.

Right-leaning representatives and outlets aren’t super thrilled about the tone coming from the White House in regards to unvaccinated Americans. They think the messaging is “dehumanizing and unpersuasive,” as one commentator writes. With that said, a majority of commentators appear to support vaccination but believe the decision to do so is a personal choice.

"WH Christmas message to unvaccinated: You're looking at a winter of death for yourselves and your families" Allahpundit, Hot Air: "Tone is important. If your goal is to persuade the unvaccinated to get their shots, accusing them of being killers is ineffective at best and counterproductive at worst. ... The White House’s goal at this point isn’t to persuade the unvaccinated, though. Anyone who’s held out this long is unpersuadable by rhetorical appeals. The only way they’ll get the shot now is if they’re subject to a mandate or if they’re scared into it as the winter wave crests. ... The new message about the unvaccinated and their ‘winter of death’ isn’t designed to persuade the unpersuadable, it’s designed to counter Republican attacks that Biden has bungled the pandemic response and failed to ‘shut down the virus.’ We’ve failed because the unvaccinated won’t get the g-ddamned shot, Team Joe is saying. And everyone knows by now which of the two parties the average unvaccinated person is more likely to belong to."

"Republicans accuse Biden of controlling Americans with ‘fear’ as COVID cases spike" Caitlin McFall, Fox News: "Republicans immediately pushed back on President Biden’s address to the nation Tuesday, accusing him of stoking 'fear' of the coronavirus to exert his power. ... 'This is all about power,' South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem took to Twitter to say. 'Not science. Not facts. The Biden administration will do and say ANYTHING to control the American people with fear.' ... "Biden’s press conference is a joke," wrote Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs. "The only plan he has for COVID is to continue manipulating mandates to maintain control over you." ... But other Republicans were frustrated that he used the speech to draw differences between vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans. "I urge President Biden to use his address today to deliver a unifying message and stop this disgraceful villainizing of fellow Americans," Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott said...  'Real leadership is ‘we,’ not ‘us versus them,'' continued Scott.

"White House Message on COVID Is Dehumanizing and Unpersuasive" Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review: "This is dehumanizing language. And overbroad even by the administration’s own terms. ... The language also carries the unsubtle message that the government isn’t working for the unvaccinated.” Keep reading.


Biggest Test Yet. Mixed Sentiment About Messaging.

Left-leaning outlets consider this President Biden’s biggest test to date, and there’s mixed sentiment regarding his plea to get vaccinated. The Washington Post Editorial Board, for example, thinks he “should strive to persuade rather than to hector.” Other commentators believe we’ve had the ability to defeat COVID since the spring, but right-leaning networks have been less-than-helpful in that regard.

"Biden’s twin crises of the pandemic demand action, not anger" Editorial Board, The Washington Post: "A sense of foreboding is unsettling the nation, as Mr. Biden acknowledged in blunt comments on Friday: 'For [the] unvaccinated, we are looking at a winter of severe illness and death — if you’re unvaccinated — for themselves, their families, and the hospitals they’ll soon overwhelm.' But Mr. Biden should strive to persuade rather than to hector. Compared with last year, we have powerful, lifesaving tools, and he should urge the public to take practical steps to fight the pandemic. ... Mr. Biden must address the disconnect and urge the public not to give up on vaccines, still the most potent tool for fighting the virus. Court challenges have tied up Mr. Biden’s attempt to impose vaccine mandates by large employers. If this is going to end up in the Supreme Court, then bring it to them speedily. The virus isn’t going to wait. ... This is no time to debate whether to try this or that. It is time to try everything that works — and all at once."

"This moment is Biden's biggest leadership test yet" Julian Zelizer, CNN: "It's starting to feel like March 2020 all over again. ... This moment is the biggest leadership test President Joe Biden has faced thus far. Having campaigned on the promise of tackling our public health crisis in more effective and efficient ways than his predecessor, Biden now needs to step up. While there are certain things Biden cannot control, there are a few areas where it is imperative to show strong presidential leadership. Those include: A reliance on science and clear communication. ... Pushing vaccines and booster shots. ... Making testing more accessible. ... Keeping things open, safely. ... Biden must do everything he can to figure out a battle plan to combat Omicron — and start acting now. It's clear we are at a potential turning point, and if the situation is not handled effectively, we could find ourselves in the thick of another devastating season marred by death and illness. This is one moment when strong presidential leadership will play a big role in determining how we fare as a nation."

"COVID variant omicron isn't Biden's fault. That won't stop Fox News saying it is." Lincoln Mitchell, NBC: "By this spring, we had the ability to defeat COVID in the US. Vaccines were widely available and coupled with masks, that would have been enough to substantially reduce the spread of the virus. However, opposition to vaccines — aggressively encouraged by propaganda outlets such as Fox News, OAN, and Newsmax, as well as the uglier, more conspiratorial corners of the GOP’s political arm such as QAnon — has made that difficult." Keep reading.


Current Uptick Dents Optimism

The percentage of US adults believing the coronavirus situation is getting better nationally fell from 51% in October to 31% in Gallup's latest COVID-19 tracking survey, conducted Nov. 29-Dec. 5. Accordingly, the percentage saying the situation is getting worse has about doubled, rising from 18% to 35%, while nearly a third continue to say it's staying about the same.

Flag Polls: What is your impression of the coronavirus situation in the US today? Is it getting better or worse? Click here to share your thoughts.


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Dino Discovery, COVID Pills Incoming, Fourth Dose

CBS: A well-preserved dinosaur embryo has been found inside a fossilized egg. The fossilized dinosaur embryo came from Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province in southern China and was acquired by researchers in 2000.

Bloomberg: The US Food and Drug Administration is poised to authorize a pair of pills from Pfizer and Merck to treat Covid-19 as soon as this week, according to people familiar with the matter -- a milestone in the fight against the pandemic that will soon expand therapies for the ill.

Reuters: Israel announced on Tuesday that it will offer a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to people older than 60, amid concern about the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Fox News: The jury in the trial of former police officer Kim Potter indicated a potential deadlock on Tuesday evening after nearly 13 hours of deliberation, asking the judge what they should do if they cannot agree on a verdict. 

NBC: The Biden administration is considering an extension of the moratorium on federal student loan payments just weeks before it is set to expire as the highly-transmissible omicron variant poses a new threat to the economy.

US Census: The US population grew at a slower rate in 2021 than in any other year since the founding of the nation, based on historical decennial censuses and annual population estimates.

POLITICO: Wall Street forecasters are dialing back their growth projections for next year as fading hopes for the president's sweeping economic agenda and heightened concerns about the new Covid variant have suddenly clouded the outlook.


Colo the Gorilla, 60-Year-Career, Illuminating Monuments

On December 22, 1956, a baby gorilla named Colo entered the world at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, becoming the first-ever gorilla born in captivity. Above is a photograph of Colo taken in 2009 at the Columbus Zoo. 

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