So much of the outrage about the revelations in Bob Woodward’s book “Rage;” so many of the viral posts on social media; so many of the statements from politicians and doctors expressing bewilderment; so much of the scrutiny of Woodward for withholding what he knew until now… So much of it is rooted in the fact that we can’t turn back the clock. We can’t contain the virus. We can’t bring the dead back to life.
Trump’s statements to Woodward force us, well, force some of us at least, to wonder: What if? What if Trump had risen to the occasion? What if he had been more forthright with the public about what he was hearing in private? What if the federal government’s early failures regarding testing hadn’t hobbled the initial response to the virus? What if the feds had closed the front door of the house, and all the side doors, in the form of earlier European travel bans, instead of just partially closing the back door from China?
I could go on and on but it’s mightily depressing. What if the president had addressed the nation once, twice, three times and introduced concepts like “social distancing” and “flattening the curve” in February? What if, instead of accusing Democrats of coming up with a “new hoax,” he had partnered with them? What if he had spent less time talking to Woodward? What if someone else had been president?
Just a couple more questions: What if this 9/11-level failure had been treated like a 9/11-level failure last spring? Would our children be back in school? Would some of our loved ones still be alive?
This is what Trump said six months ago Thursday
Thursday’s front page
Trump’s remark to Woodward that “I wanted to always play it down” is plastered across the front page of the Washington Post:
“Honey, I’m talking to Bob Woodward”
Trump’s motivation for speaking and speaking and speaking with Woodward seems clear: He wanted to impress the legendary journalist. “Let’s see if we can get a good book,” Trump said in one of his calls with Woodward, almost as if the two men were playing a game.