Rather than overwhelming the “breaking news”, I thought it would be useful to have a thread specifically for the President’s speech. (MODs, feel free to move this into politics, but I hope we can keep it in the Quarantine Zone.)
A few thoughts:
The “75% WE who are vaccinated” versus the “25% YOU who are not” - was much more of a scolding to the 25% than I expected. To paraphrase: YOU are keeping us from restoring the economy - YOU are keeping the infection rates up - YOU are overwhelming the emergency wards. I hope that this is effective. At least it lets the 75% know that they made the right decision. With all of the news stories of unvaccinated, vaccine protests, and vaccine lawsuits - being vaccinated makes me feel like one of the “silent majority”.
Now to Monday morning quarterbacking:
No mention of religious exemptions. As described elsewhere on this board, there are very few religions that actually prohibit vaccination. I believe this should have been stated, and the few religions which actually prohibit vaccination named.
Masks were mentioned only in passing. It would have been better if the President had mentioned this more forcefully, and even put one on after the speech.
The President should have pointed out that the news media bears some of the blame. 1) Their “man bites dog” stories of breakthrough infections - without context of how vaccines reduce the chance AND severity. 2) After the CDC said that VACCINATED people could dispense with masks (no longer true), many headlines were “CDC said that masks are not necessary”, then the qualifier was buried in the story.