The saddest week
It looks like we are in for a terrible week ahead, depending on who you listen to:
Earlier Sunday, Surgeon General Jerome Adams told CNN: "This is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans' lives, quite frankly."
The nation's top doctor went on to say: "This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it's not going to be localized. It's going to be happening all over the country. And I want America to understand that."
Also Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the toll in the coming week is "going to be shocking to some, but that's what is going to happen before it turns around, so just buckle down."
The President's comments were slightly more optimistic but not without reality:
"I think we all know that we have to reach a certain point — and that point is going to be a horrific point in terms of death — but it's also a point at which things are going to start changing," Trump said. "We're getting very close to that level right now."
The president added that he thought the next two weeks "are going to be very difficult. At the same time, we understand what they represent and what that time represents and, hopefully, we can get this over with."
Still, Trump's own briefing also struck a somber tone at times. The president offered some of his most extensive comments to date to the families of those killed by the virus, urging the nation to pray for them and "ask God to comfort them in their hour of grief."
"With the faith of our families and the spirit of our people and the grace of our God we will endure," the president said. "We will overcome."
Source for all quotes: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/coronavirus-covid19-canada-world-april6-1.5522986
I think every leader tries their best to make us consider the light at the end even when we are in the darkest part of the tunnel. Shouldn't they?
I still don't understand why we always look for the negative in everything the President says. I didn't vote for him and I'm certainly not in alignment with everything he says and does but I try to look for the positive in every leader we've had and I wonder what I would say if I had to stand up at the podium.
Would I only give the hard reality or would I try to give a little light also? I think we need both regardless of which mouth it comes out of.
Yes, this is terrible, but we will persevere.
We won't persevere if we always have an element of our society wanting someone to fail. It happens with every President and I've seen the same attitude make its way down to local politics and even companies, organizations and families.
We've become terribly divisive as a society and our attitude is attack, attack, attack when sometimes it's best to silently nod and move on and concentrate on what we can do instead of wasting our energy on anger that does us no good.
The virus does not discriminate but we do. And by every account, the virus is winning. That should tell us all something.