WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2021
Solon cites Trump and O'Reilly: In our view, Joe Biden made an excellent, very wise statement yesterday afternoon.
As recorded by the White House, the statement in question was this:
BIDEN (12/21/21): Folks, the booster shots are free and widely available. Over 60 million Americans, including 62 percent of eligible seniors, our most vulnerable group, have gotten their booster shots.
I got my booster shot as soon as they were available. And just the other day, former President Trump announced he had gotten his booster shot. It may be one of the few things he and I agree on.
People with booster shots are highly protected. Join them. Join us. It’s been six months or more since my second shot. If it’s been six months or more for your second shot—when I got my booster—you can get yours today if you’ve been six months or more since your second shot.
He even referred to Trump by name! We think it was smart to do that.
Meanwhile, did Donald J. Trump really say that he has gotten his booster? Yes, as a matter of fact, he did—and so did Bill O'Reilly.
The gents staged a public event in Dallas last weekend. At one point, the titans said this:
O'REILLY (12/19/21): Both the president and I are vaxxed. And did you get the booster?
O'RELLY: I got it too.
This came at the end of a longer exchange in which Trump seemed to be endorsing vaccination against Covid-19. We think that Biden showed very good judgment by citing this public statement.
Do we want the "scum" to get vaccinated, as we often allege? If so, the fact that Trump made this public statement seems like a potentially useful tool. We're glad that Trump said this.
Tribal loathing will produce the inevitable result, of course. Tribal warriors will snarkily stress the minor pushback against vaccination which came from the crowd in Dallas. In our view, Biden showed much better sense by citing Trump's endorsement of vaccination, including the need for boosters.
Tribal loathing—and our lizard brains—will tell us not to cite this thing that Donald J. Trump has now said. We hope Biden cites Trump's statement day after day—or would we rather "have the issue" than increase vaccination rates?
Tribal loathing has sometimes led our tribe to abandon useful material. Do you remember when Lindsey Graham—choking up in the back seat of a car—said that Joe Biden, then the vice president, was "as good a man as God ever created?"
Graham said that in June 2015, and he said it on videotape. Here's a fuller excerpt:
GRAHAM: The bottom line is, if you can't admire Joe Biden as a person, then it's probably—you've got a problem. You need to do some self-evaluation, because what's not to like?....He's the nicest person I think I've ever met in politics.
INTERVIEWER: Is that right?
GRAHAM: He is as good a man as God ever created.
Years later, Graham flipped on that, as on virtually everything else. In the meantime, we were amazed by how little use the liberal world was inclined to make of that plainly heartfelt piece of videotape.
As of today, Donald J. Trump has endorsed vaccination. He even said that he got his booster—and so did Mr. O!
We think President Biden showed excellent sense by highlighting the fact that Trump said that. Decent people will turn off the loathing, and the peddling of frameworks, at least every once in a while.
Donald J. Trump got all his shots. He even got his booster!
In our view, The Others—the "scum"—should be given the chance to hear that.
CNN offers more detail: CNN has offered more detail about this magic moment:
VAZQUEZ AND CARVAJAL (12/22/21): During Tuesday's speech, Biden also praised the Trump administration for its efforts to develop a Covid-19 vaccine before he took office.
"Let me be clear. Thanks to the prior administration and our scientific community, America was one of the first countries to get the vaccine," Biden said. "Thanks to my administration and the hard work of Americans, we led a roll-out, made America among the world leaders in getting shots in arms."
Trump told Fox News later on Tuesday that he appreciated Biden's comments.
"I was surprised to hear it," Trump said. "I think it was a terrific thing, and I think it makes a lot of people happy."
The 45th President said he hoped Biden's comments will "help a lot" in bridging political divides in the country.
"Hold back, men of Ithaka, from the weariness of fighting..." We believe sacred Homer first said that!