Despite their intense pushes for people to get the coronavirus vaccine, the Biden White House has sent decidedly mixed messages on it that seem to have undermined their campaign by causing confusion. For instance, there has been much talk of “getting back to normal” and how the vaccine will enable us to do that, though officials from President Biden himself to his chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, don’t seem to be on the same page, giving timeframes that always seem to change every time they are asked about it.
We’ve heard summer of 2021. We’ve heard “by next Christmas” (of this year). Then there was March 2022. We’ve heard the start of 2022. We’ve heard so many things that White House press secretary Jen Psaki, at one point, indicated they were no longer comfortable predicting a timeline for returning to normalcy.
But what does “getting back to normal” actually mean? In my conversations with people, I’ve heard them say they assumed a “return to normal” would be when they had gotten both vaccine shots and no longer had to wear a mask and social distance.
The CDC’s recommendations for people who have gotten the vaccine, however, don’t fall in line with that assumption. They say “you should keep taking precautions – like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces – in public places until we know more.”
But the message on what “getting back to normal” officially means per the CDC has not always been made clear by Biden and other administration officials including Vice President Harris, Psaki, and others. And today, during the White House press briefing, Jen Psaki accidentally stumbled upon the truth of the matter when asked whether or not they believed that Biden, Harris, and others wearing masks even after being vaccinated was contributing to vaccine hesitancy among some.
“We recognize we’re not always the best messengers,” Psaki stated before launching off into a spintastic explainer as to what they were doing to try and combat vaccine hesitancy, including by trying to “model public health [CDC] guidelines.”
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Where CDC guidelines stand on “getting back to normal” is key to the mixed messages here, because a month ago, Dr. Fauci actually admitted during an interview on CNN that the medical experts making the decisions on CDC recommendations do not always have the necessary science data nor “actual evidence” to back up their suggestions:
They’re being careful, understandably. They want to get science, they want to get data, and then when you don’t have the data and you don’t have the actual evidence, then you’ve got to make a judgment call. And I think that’s what you’re going to be seeing in the next weeks, you’re going to see little by little, more and more guidelines getting people to be more and more flexible.”
As I’ve said before, I’m not here to argue the science one way or another. But considering how people have been told so many contradictory things from one day to the next for over a year now from the experts about what they should and should not be doing – all supposedly based on science – hearing Fauci say that the CDC is not operating based on science and the data when it comes to their recommendations for vaccinated people and continuously seeing Biden, Harris, and other admin officials wear masks (in some cases double masks) long after they were vaccinated is just going to create more confusion and sow more distrust for the experts they say people should rely on.
Adding to that confusion is the fact that Psaki herself has never worn a mask when addressing masked reporters during a briefing, including on the very first day of this administration when Biden was caught violating his own executive order on mask-wearing on federal property.
Her answer, when she was asked about it at the time, lent credence to claims from critics that Democrats had one set of rules on masks for themselves and a different, contradictory set for others:
“Yesterday was a historic moment in our history. He was inaugurated as President of the United States. He was surrounded by his family. We take a number of precautions, but I think we have bigger issues to worry about at this moment in time.”
The Biden administration undercut the left’s entire argument about the importance of wearing masks on Inauguration Day in a matter of 24 hours by suggesting that it was okay to not wear a mask on certain occasions. Psaki was more right than she realized when she told the reporter earlier today that “we recognize we’re not always the best messengers.” They most certainly are not.