This weekend, the United States is continuing to struggle against the Coronavirus pandemic. Other countries have successfully gotten their outbreaks under at least some control, but amidst the Trump administration’s failures of leadership, the United States has not. There should not still be questions about whether there will be enough supplies like personal protective equipment this far into the crisis! On Saturday afternoon, former President Barack Obama shared a message of hope for Americans; specifically, he posted a video clip highlighting a conversation that he and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had with Dr. Craig Spencer, who fought Ebola in Africa and has worked against the Coronavirus in the States.
Obama pointed Spencer — and by extension, viewers of the video clip — towards the potential to soon have a new president who takes science seriously and can help lead the U.S. out of the current mess. After all, the problems don’t even stop with the brute toll of the virus itself — there are also related problems like widespread national unemployment and concurrent possibilities like a looming tide of evictions. The crisis will continue to grow as long as Trump refuses to take the virus seriously and makes ridiculous claims like his recent lie that testing “creates” cases — although the virus would still be spreading and be relevant without a single test.
In the caption for his Saturday tweet, Obama wrote:
‘This pandemic is far from over––and our medical professionals continue to put their lives on the line to keep our country going. @JoeBiden and I had a chance to thank Dr. @Craig_A_Spencer for his work during the Ebola crisis and this current pandemic.’
Check out the post and video clip of his and Biden’s conversation with Spencer below:
This pandemic is far from over––and our medical professionals continue to put their lives on the line to keep our country going. @JoeBiden and I had a chance to thank Dr. @Craig_A_Spencer for his work during the Ebola crisis and this current pandemic. pic.twitter.com/FlyGFIUHl7
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 1, 2020
It’s amazing that with a single tweet, Obama can show more leadership than the actual current president of the United States who, early Saturday, was on the golf course. While Trump kicked it back on the golf course, Americans continued to struggle. On Friday, a $600 a week add-on to unemployment benefits expired, and negotiations on Capitol Hill over a potential further support boost have lagged big time — and Trump’s golfing.
Check out Twitter’s response to Obama below: