And just like that, the pandemic is over. President Joe Biden said as much on Sunday during an interview with “60 Minutes.”
CBS News reporter Scott Pelley interviewed Biden at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where Biden was seen last week trying to show off electric cars.
“Mr. President,” Pelley asked at one point during the segment, “first Detroit Auto Show in three years. Is the pandemic over?”
Biden replied, “The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lotta work on it. It’s — but the pandemic is over. If you notice, no one’s wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think it’s changing. And I think this is a perfect example of it.”
It was an astonishing revelation, not just because Biden said that almost in passing without explaining why he believes that.
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The telling moment was Pelley’s lack of interest in why Biden thought that.
Pelley did not ask Biden why he thought the pandemic was over after it had led him to demand mandatory vaccines for more than 80 million Americans, which caused him to label as un-American people who refused to be test subjects for the vaccines.
Nor did Pelley attempt to follow up with questions for Biden about his COVID-19 policies.
That would include, for example, forcing vaccine mandates on the military, when that would end, or whether troops who refused the vax would be reinstated — as Republicans in Congress are now pushing for.
Pelley also had no question about other effects of the pandemic, such as a Fox News report on Sunday that said 850 teachers and classroom aides have been fired by the New York City Education Department for refusing the vaccine. Should they be reinstated as well?
Pelley also didn’t ask Biden when his administration would lift the COVID-19 public health emergency order, which has been extended through Oct. 13.
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Pelley also did not probe Binde about the World Health Organization, to which the Biden administration has been so deferential, maintaining the pandemic is still a public health emergency — although Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO, has said the end is “in sight.”
Nor did Pelley ask about whether Biden still considered unvaxxed Americans to be unpatriotic.
Pelley also did not inquire about Biden’s thoughts on the COVID death toll, as the virus has killed more people on his watch than it did when President Donald Trump was in office.
America had recorded about 397,000 deaths when Biden took office. Today, the death count is above 1 million.
Pelley also failed to inquire of Biden whether the pandemic is now “over” because the prospects for Democrats in Congress look so awful just seven weeks before Election Day.
Instead, it seems we’re just supposed to pretend that the end, which was not even being discussed, is suddenly here without the fearmongers in Washington giving their approval.