It was revealed on Sunday that White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx is the latest in a long line of government officials who have been practicing a “do as I say, not as I do” approach to coronavirus recommendations.
Birx was front and center on November 19, telling Americans that they need to “increase their vigilance at this moment” and reconsider their plans to visit family for the Thanksgiving holidays. Indeed, she went as far as to say that the public should “limit interactions indoors to immediate households.”
In other words, don’t even THINK about traveling to stay with your extended family for the holidays.
So what did Birx do?
“The day after Thanksgiving, she traveled to one of her vacation properties on Fenwick Island in Delaware. She was accompanied by three generations of her family from two households. Birx, her husband Paige Reffe, a daughter, son-in-law and two young grandchildren were present,” reports the Associated Press.
Birx’s excuse was as weak as her resolve.
“She insisted the purpose of the roughly 50-hour visit was to deal with the winterization of the property before a potential sale — something she says she previously hadn’t had time to do because of her busy schedule,” the AP reported. “Birx said that everyone on her Delaware trip belongs to her ‘immediate household,’ even as she acknowledged they live in two different homes.”
Apparently we can just make up the definition of “immediate household” as we damn well please. Also, as long as we’re not visiting family for the express purpose of celebrating a holiday, we can go ahead and enjoy the holiday there as a kind of side benefit. We guess? Who knew there were so many convenient loopholes to get around this lockdown?
“Margaret Flynn, the children’s other grandmother comes to the Potomac home to provide child care, then returns to her husband, who has health complications. Birx said that she hasn’t seen the other grandmother since the beginning of the pandemic and does not know how frequently she visits the Potomac house. Flynn confirmed that she hasn’t spoken to Birx in months,” the AP report continued.
Gee, that certainly sounds like an “immediate household.” Also, this line about a husband with health complications makes it even more clear that Birx had no business – by her own recommendations – in making this trip.
Either these government officials can start abiding by their own guidelines, or they can shut up when it comes to telling us how to live our lives.