Once again, Covid “leaders” seem to follow the “do as I say, not as I do” philosophy.
The latest offender is Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coordinator of the coronavirus response.
Shortly before Thanksgiving, Birx warned Americans to proceed with extreme caution. Her advice was to limit celebrations to immediate family only. Now, I’ll be the first to say I never intended to follow that advice. But, I also never suggested anyone else had to.
So how did Birx spend her holiday?
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According to Breitbart:
The day after Thanksgiving, she traveled to one of her vacation properties on Fenwick Island in Delaware. She was accompanied by three generations of her family from two households. Birx, her husband Paige Reffe, a daughter, son-in-law and two young grandchildren were present.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has asked Americans not to travel over the holidays and discourages indoor activity involving members of different households. “People who do not currently live in your housing unit, such as college students who are returning home from school for the holidays, should be considered part of different households.”
Even in Birx’s everyday life, there are challenges meeting that standard. She and her husband have a home in Washington. She also owns a home in nearby Potomac, Maryland, where her elderly parents, and her daughter and family live, and where Birx visits intermittently. In addition, the children’s other grandmother, who is 77, also regularly travels to the Potomac house and returns to her 92-year-old husband near Baltimore.
Birx’s own experiences underline the complexity and difficulty of trying to navigate the perils of the pandemic while balancing a job, family and health, especially among essential workers like her.
Yet some of Birx’s peers in public health say she should be held to a higher standard given her prominent role in the government’s response to the pandemic and the current surge in COVID-19 deaths across the country.
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Of course when push came to shove, Birx admitted she didn’t follow the guidelines she pushed out. But she declined to be interviewed.
However, Birx did make it well known that she’d like to stick around and be part of #TeamBiden. And right there, we understand the hypocrisy. Birx can explain it away with her stories of living in a multi-generational home and claims of using safety precautions, but it was her own family member that ratter Birx out.
Kathleen Flynn, whose brother is married to Birx’s daughter who lives in the Potomac house, said she brought forward information about Birx’s situation out of concern for her own parents, and acknowledged family friction over the matter.
“She cavalierly violated her own guidance,” Flynn said of Birx.
Birx might’ve entered the White House with a sterling reputation, but she won’t leave with one. I guess that’s one of the side effects of working for the government. The swamp either engulfs you, or exposes your already-dirty insides.
Medical experts say public health officials such as Birx need to lead by example, including personal conduct that’s beyond reproach.
“We need leadership to be setting an example, especially in terms of things they are asking average Americans to do who are far less privileged than they are,” said Dr. Abraar Karan, a global health specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, about the high-profile lapses in judgment.
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Birx managed to stay on Trump’s good side. Some say for far longer than Fauci. Of course, Fauci is a snake oil salesman. Kevin Jackson recently tackled that subject.
But at the end of the day, Birx is a hypocrite. Birx had two choices. One: Tell the public to keep their distance and avoid social gatherings. Two: Tell the public that they should use the available information regarding the virus in their vicinities in order to make their own decisions.
Clearly, Birx knows this hysteria is over-hyped. Thus, she spent a holiday with her loved ones. Good for her. The only problem lies in her advice to others. If I remember correctly, that’s the Golden Rule. Do unto others and you’d have done to you.
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