It was as if the Magi came and had read the letter. On his first day in office, President Joe Biden called for reinstatement of the Paris Agreements against climate change, restored his adherence to the World Health Organization, ordered a 100-day moratorium on deportations of immigrants, froze student debt and reduced interest to zero, ordered his spokesman to apply transparency and truth to all White House statements, demanded the use of the mask in government buildings, promised a hundred million vaccines and asked the thousands of new employees you will have in the White House who tell you everything you do not want to hear.
However, the Three Wise Men found neither polvorones nor a glass of anise waiting for them. Biden’s transition team was afraid of what it would find after four years of rule of chaos, but what worried it most this Thursday is what it did not find: a plan to distribute the Covid-19 vaccine, which the community craves so much. population. States like New York stopped giving an appointment for the vaccine on Thursday, as they were about to run out of the doses initially received. The Trump administration, after accepting defeat, had burned its last days in power hand over hand.
Biden’s dedicated his first full day in office to streamlining that key piece of the country’s economic and social revitalization, promising that he will use all of his executive power to make it happen, as well as getting personally involved in negotiations with Congress. For that he had under his arm a 200-page plan called ‘National Strategy for the Response to covid-19 and the Preparation for the Pandemic’. A plan “based on scientific data, not political ideas,” he remarked. To that he added a dozen executive orders this Thursday, in addition to the 17 that he signed the day before as soon as he entered the Oval Office.
There awaited him, yes, a personal letter from President Trump, who carried out that tradition in a “gentle and generous” way, Biden said without wanting to give details. His spokesperson indicated that he will not make it public until he speaks with the signer, something that is not even known if it will happen.
The new president disappointed the conspirators who predicted that the troops deployed in Washington would be used to establish a police and military state that would shut down the entire country, confine them at home and force them to wear the mask on the streets. Instead, Biden has urged his compatriots to voluntarily wear the mask for a hundred days, “something that works better than vaccines, because vaccines take time,” he explained.
In those one hundred days it intends to distribute one hundred million vaccines, which will be produced rapidly by redirecting the industry through the activation of the law of war, and will be applied through one hundred pharmaceutical chains that it has recruited. “The more people are vaccinated, the sooner we can leave this pandemic behind,” he encouraged them.
The White House asks citizens to put on the mask and forces them to use it in federal headquarters
- Arrival control.
All travelers arriving in the country will need a negative PCR and quarantine
The deployment of the National Guard in the streets of Washington was not, as the grim WhatsApp videos said, the prelude to a coup d’état with which “the radical left” would impose martial law, take away their weapons, their freedom and your precious Constitution. QAnon’s followers felt betrayed by Trump, according to intelligence sources.
On the other side of the social spectrum, those who stayed at home in fear of the threats of terrorist attacks and the strict security were relaxed by the hand of Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen and the former presidents of both parties, who conversed entertainingly about the Democracy at the Lincoln Memorial. All virtual, of course. By the time the fireworks rumbled on the National Mall, with the obelisk in the background, some of the residents of the capital who had ended the day dancing in front of the television took to the streets to see the colored lights reflected in the buildings. “Yeah, this was a good day!” Laughed Aisha Derricott in the lobby of her hotel, where she shared beers with the few guests she had left.
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Dozens of reservations had been canceled at the last minute, and he didn’t care, because he already knew who the absentees were. On the 6th, they returned from the assault on the Capitol drunk with euphoria, displaying the towels of Congress and the personal belongings of the legislators as trophies of their daring. The hotel staff, all African American, interacted with these white supremacists without knowing how to react, tense and frightened. A police friend whom the manager called in the middle of a curfew asked him to hold out as long as he could while they did not get violent, because the forces of order were “completely overwhelmed.”
On Thursday he expected a similar or worse horde, but instead he was left with the gloomy silence of the empty streets and the noise of helicopters in a hotel where only journalists had arrived. “Yeah, today was a good day!” He danced in the lobby. And tomorrow too, Joan Manuel Serrat would have answered.
If Biden’s strategy works and Congress approves his $ 1.9 trillion plan, tourists will again flood the streets and fill his hotel soon. At least the nationals, who will be forced to wear a mask in interstate transport, because travelers from abroad will be forced to present a negative PCR test and quarantine.
Covid-19 has already left more deaths in the US than World War II. With all the films Normandy Landing and Private Ryan have taken, the 400,000 victims of the pandemic had not received a national tribute until Tuesday, when the new president-elect arrived in Washington. “We are in a national emergency and this time we are going to treat it for what it is,” Biden promised on Thursday. “History will ask us to account, because the health of the country is at stake.”