President Joe Biden has repeatedly urged Americans to abide by the stringent coronavirus mitigation guidelines put forward by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), even as he was just caught flouting them himself.
According to Breitbart, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was pressed Thursday on Biden’s frequent trips from Washington to his family home in Wilmington, Delaware — a practice that reportedly violates current CDC guidelines. But on the question of whether the president ought to set a better example, Psaki came up short.
Indeed, rather than actually answer the reporter’s question, Psaki shrugged it off, suggesting Biden traveled on a “private” plane — namely, Air Force One, on which trips are funded by taxpayers — and that Americans should be smart enough to understand the president’s “unique circumstance.”
Can you say elite?
Setting an example
Psaki was responding Thursday to a question from a reporter, who noted that Biden “has traveled back to Wilmington a couple of times since taking office. The CDC does still urge people not to travel for personal reasons,” they said.
“Obviously, presidential travel is very different than commercial travel, but should the President be doing more to set an example about personal travel during a pandemic?” the journalist asked, according to a White House transcript.
“Well, the President lives in Wilmington; it’s his home,” Psaki replied. “That’s where he’s lived for many, many years. And as you know, as any President of the United States does, he takes a private airplane called ‘Air Force One’ to travel there.”
The press secretary went on: “That is, of course, a unique — unique from most Americans, but I think most Americans would also see that as a unique circumstance.”
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As the reporter alluded, the CDC does still strongly advise against unnecessary travel during the ongoing pandemic. For those who do need to take a trip, the CDC recommends getting tested for COVID-19 both before and after, as well as isolating upon returning home and continuing to practice masking and social distancing.
But if that’s what the Biden administration wants the rest of the country to be doing, they may want to consider following those rules themselves. The “do as I say, not as I do” attitude just isn’t cutting it in the eyes of the American people.