In an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN's State of the Union this weekend, Dr. Fauci laid out his case that even with a vaccine, the road that leads to a "degree of normality" will be long and winding. Don't try to make a song out of it, though. The lyrics would be such a downer.
"We've gotta get the vaccine. It's gotta be deployed. And we can't abandon fundamental public health measures. You can approach a degree of normality while still doing some fundamental health things that synergize with the vaccine to get us back to normal."
Tapper, ever the diehard normality naysayer, screwed up his face into a concerned, painful expression, and solemnly asserted:
"Christmas is probably not gonna be [pregnant pause for drama's sake] possible."
One has to wonder whether beneath that dower expression, resides a gleeful delight that all the gloom and doom is powerful enough to squelch what little joy Americans might be able to eke out of this coming holiday. Because, of course, depressed masses are much easier to keep compliant when all hope has been quashed.
Well, we've got news for you Mr. Tapper. The Grinch couldn't keep Christmas from coming, and neither can you or Dr. Fauci.
"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more." ― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!