Is it good news? Is it bad news? Frankly, It appeared to be a whole lot of “I don’t have any idea” that came from President Biden’s COVID-19 Anniversary address. In an attempt at providing positive “news” to U.S. citizens, Biden fell flat in his messaging.
In his first-time address as President, Biden said individuals will be able to gather with family and friends on July 4th our historic holiday of Independence. “I promise I will do everything in my power. I will not relent until we beat this virus” said Biden.
However, Americans must work just as hard. “But,” added the President, “I need you, the American people. I need you. I need every American to do their part…That’s not hyperbole, I need you.” Noted. “I need you to get vaccinated when it’s your turn, and when you can find an opportunity. Help your family, your friends, your neighbors get vaccinated as well” added the President.
As a result, “if we do all of this, if we do our part, if we do this together, by July the 4th, there’s a good chance of you, your families and friends, will be able to get together in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout and a barbecue and celebrate Independence Day.”
That sounds like a possible light at the end of the tunnel; but don’t get too excited. Biden continued: “that doesn’t mean large events, with lots of people together.” What a bummer. “But it does mean small groups will be able to get together after this long, hard year” he added.
Biden’s memory may be a little fuzzy, or perhaps news didn’t travel to his basement where he spent all of 2020. Small gatherings, fluctuating from small to smaller at any given month, was so last year. So, trying to excite us by saying small groups can gather isn’t exactly Christmas. Nonetheless, Biden said, “that will make this Independence day something truly special. Where we not only mark our independence as a nation, but we begin to mark our independence from this virus.”