Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the public face of the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, seems at times to be rather full of himself as he basks in newfound fame. And the latest development isn’t helping him lose that reputation.
According to the Washington Examiner, a tweet sharing a screenshot from a new documentary about Dr. Fauci went viral this week for showing the NIAID chief in his home office, which he had decked out in apparent portraits of himself.
At least part of the screenshot has been clearly photoshopped — but while an image appearing on Fauci’s desktop computer may have been superimposed, pictures of Fauci lining the walls of the office appear to be real, and they only provide further evidence that Fauci is more than a little arrogant.
A Fauci self-lovefest
Twitter user Karl Dierenbach first shared the image Wednesday on Twitter, where it quickly provoked quite a response, the Examiner noted.
“Fauci in his office, surrounded by pictures of Fauci, watching that scene from ‘Fauci’ where Fauci is in his office surrounded by pictures of Fauci,” read the caption on the viral tweet.
Fauci in his office, surrounded by pictures of Fauci, watching that scene from “Fauci” where Fauci is in his office surrounded by pictures of Fauci. pic.twitter.com/3ALQOETaRK
— Karl Dierenbach (@Dierenbach) January 19, 2022
Report: Image only partially photoshopped
In its report, the Examiner explained that the screenshot came from National Geographic’s heavily-promoted documentary Fauci, which tells the tale of the public health official who has been elevated to veritable sainthood by Democrats and the media amid the pandemic.
The Examiner said the image shown on Fauci’s computer screen in the screenshot was photoshopped — Fauci was simply reading emails in the actual film — and red arrows were added in. But photos of himself hanging on Fauci’s home office walls are indeed quite real, according to the report.
Dierenbach acknowledged as much in response to a dubious comment to his post wherein he provided the exact timestamp in the film where the original image appears.
Self-confident or egotistical: It’s a fine line
To be sure, there is nothing inherently wrong with having great confidence in yourself — but a healthy dose of humility can help keep the ego in check. And that’s especially important for someone whose opinions often become formal federal policy.
Of course, it’s hardly a surprise that Fauci sees himself in such high regard, given the adulation poured on him from media pundits and leftists ever since COVID-19 first hit U.S. shores back in 2020.
Someone should tell him not to let all the praise go to his head.