I've been reading "Traitor To His Class," a biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt by H.W. Brands. With the Great War embroiling most of the world, the United States was in the presidential election year of 1916. Roosevelt was in President Woodrow Wilson's administration as assistant secretary in the Navy Department.
Endeavoring to build up the U.S. Navy and and appear at least outwardly neutral, the future president testified to a congressional committee "How would you expect the public to be convinced that a dangerous fire was in progress requiring every citizen's aid for its extinguishment, if they saw the members of the volunteer fire department stop in their headlong rush to the conflagration and indulge in a slanging match as to who was responsible for the rotten hose or the lack of water at the fire a week ago?"
With all respect to our volunteer firefighters, this sounds exactly like our current president's response to COVID-19. If supplies were depleted, where were the current administration’s efforts to replenish ? Blaming previous administrations on testing shortfalls when the virus was identified late last year looks silly.
The president should lead in the battle against our current conflagration, not cheer lead.
Mark Scheve, Topeka