Bush, Clinton and Obama all say they’ll take the coronavirus vaccine, in public or on camera

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Vaccine TV might be the next reality show now that three of the four living ex-U.S. presidents have more or less promised to get the COVID vaccine shot on camera to reassure the public that the medication is safe. Thanks to Operation Warp Speed under President Trump, the appropriately named extraordinary public sector-private sector partnership intends to roll out vaccinations in the coming weeks or months at the latest.

According to his chief of staff, George W. Bush, 74, has informed White House coronavirus task force members Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx that he wants to assist in the public awareness effort. “A few weeks ago President Bush asked me to let Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx know that, when the time is right, he wants to do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated, the Bush aide said.

“First, the vaccines need to be deemed safe and administered to the priority populations. Then, President Bush will get in line for his, and will gladly do so on camera.”

Bill Clinton, also 74, is also volunteering. “President Clinton will definitely take a vaccine as soon as available to him, based on the priorities determined by public health officials. And he will do it in a public setting if it will help urge all Americans to do the same,” a spokesperson said.

On a recent podcast, Barack Obama, 59, placed his faith in Fauci when it comes to the inoculation:

“People like Anthony Fauci, who I know, and I’ve worked with, I trust completely. So, if Anthony Fauci tells me this vaccine is safe, and can vaccinate, you know, immunize you from getting COVID, absolutely, I’m going to take it. I promise you that when it’s been made for people who are less at risk, I will be taking it. I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science, and what I don’t trust is getting COVID.”

Representatives for Jimmy Carter, who at 96 is perhaps presumably in a coronavirus high-risk category, have yet to make a public statement in this context.

On Twitter, first daughter Ivanka Trump praised the presidential trio for going all in on the vaccine. She is already on record for a public vaccination.

In September, Ivanka called Joy Behar’s bluff, and agreed to take the dose on a live episode of The View after Behar expressed skepticism of its efficacy and said that President Trump’s daughter would have to go first.

Big Pharma presumably waited until after Election 2020 to announce that several different vaccines were nearing the point of distribution subject to FDA approval. Against that backdrop, and this is probably a rhetorical question, but will the corporate media give Trump any credit should the vaccine program effectively mitigate the pandemic?

According to a Gallup poll released last month, 58 percent of Americans would get an FDA-approved COVID shot when it becomes available (up from 50 percent in a September survey), while 42 percent would decline. Those in the latter category reportedly expressed concern about the rushed timeline for vaccine development and related safety concerns.

President Trump has already said that he will take the vaccine in whatever order authorities determine. Journalist Geraldo Rivera has proposed that the vaccine be called “the Trump” owing to the fact that the president is the “prime architect” of Operation Warp Speed. That nomenclature would never gain currency among the Monday morning quarterbacks in the political and media establishment, however.

The three former commanders in chief are winning a lot of praise — especially among the obsessively anti-Trump cohort — on social media for their “leadership,” but there are some alternative views expressed. Here is sample:

Robert Jonathan

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