Barack Obama has always kept it real with Americans when we needed to hear the cold, hard truth. His most notable address to the nation happened after the Sandy Hook massacre that took the lives of 20 first graders. Obama wept with us through that unspeakable pain, and while he was ridiculed by Republicans, he stood steadfast in his commitment to keeping us informed.
Not much has changed since Obama left the White House; he is still telling it like it is when it really matters. Obama has been tweeting throughout the COVID-19 crisis, including his latest one about the future of the nation for Americans.
This is what Obama said during a virtual town hall for My Brother’s Keeper:
“Even in the states that are doing it best, even when things reopen, it’s still not going to be what everybody wants. It’s going to take some time. The economic effects are going to continue to ripple out. We haven’t seen all the impact that’s going to occur. I say that not to scare folks, but to get people thinking this going to be a marathon, not a sprint.”
He continued with a little shade thrown at Trump:
“I think the governor is being more proactive and effective than the federal government at the moment.”
Trump’s handling of the pandemic that he was forewarned about, and actually decided not to prepare for because it was a bad look for his 2020 presidential campaign. Americans and foreigners alike are missing the calming and reassuring tone that Obama has.
Today, Trump blamed Obama for his coronavirus tests being “broken,” and the entire world laughed together.
According to CNN:
The new coronavirus is likely to keep spreading for at least another 18 months to two years—until 60% to 70% of the population has been infected, a team of longstanding pandemic experts predicted in a report released Thursday. They recommended that the US prepare for a worst-case scenario that includes a second big wave of coronavirus infections in the fall and winter. Even in a best-case scenario, people will continue to die from the virus, they predicted.