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Fox News host Laura Ingraham weighed in the balance Dr. Anthony Fauci and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady in a comparison and contrast format on “The Ingraham Angle” Tuesday.
Brady, 44 and Fauci, 81, are both internationally recognizable and have performed in their professional capacities for record amounts of time. Both are on the cusp of retirement as well.
Brady entered the National Football League as a sixth-round pick in 2000. In fact, of the six QB’s that were picked ahead of Brady in that year’s draft, not one fared nearly as well in the NFL as the future Hall of Famer. Fauci joined the federal bureaucracy during the Johnson administration in 1968 (when gasoline was 34 cents a gallon) and was appointed to his current position by Ronald Reagan in 1984.
“Both stayed longer than anyone who came before them, and both are admired widely by journalists who cover their worlds, and both are at a crossroads: Getting to the end of the line,” Ingraham said.
Perhaps the biggest difference in the two, Ingraham argued, is that when Brady retires he will be missed by millions of fans and peers, and sorely missed by the Buccaneers.
“He’ll really be missed,” she said. “Fans are going to be wistful, you bet, if he retires. But they’re also going to celebrate his career and all of his achievements. They’re going to look back at his classic come from behind magic moments and remember where they were.”
Fauci, on the other hand, will likely have his retirement celebrated by millions, and not with sweet memories of glory days gone by, but rather with great relief because he “missed his mark so many times on so many issues,” Ingraham said.
“And the reason he gets paid the big bucks is directly related,” she said. “It was supposed to be at least to his ability to inform the nation about health issues and explain the basic facts of what was facing us with real credibility. But Fauci has failed at his task. He’s partisan, he’s self-aggrandizing, and he’s now obviously short-tempered.”
“[Fauci’s] talents are limited. He’s a bureaucratic insider who’s a good networker for sure and can be brutally effective at maneuvering against people who disagree with his pronouncements. Look at what he did to the Great Barrington doctors and how he helped steer the entire conversation away from that Wuhan lab story,” she said, referring to Fauci and his recently-retired ex-boss Dr. Francis Collins. Emails discovered in December revealed that Fauci and Collins were scheming to discredit the doctors who recommended “focused protection” rather than sweeping lockdowns in dealing with COVID-19.
“Unlike Tom Brady, he’s really overstayed his welcome. We told Trump to sideline him. We told Biden to do the same, but Fauci still doggedly holds on,” she said, playing clips of the NIAID chief engaging in one of many verbal melees with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), the latter who at times has appeared to be the only adult in the room on Capitol Hill.
Of Fauci, the host quipped, “He’s the equivalent of cottage cheese in the back of the refrigerator — when you forgot about it [and] it was there since, like, last September.”
“Brady is 37 years younger than Anthony Fauci, but at his age, he seems to have more patience, more perspective and more clarity about life,” Ingraham added. “Imagine if Brady was saying that he wanted to hang on to prove his doubters wrong, which is what Fauci seems to be telegraphing in some of his public statements.”
“At this point, Fauci knows that half the country has tuned him out, but he wants to hang on just to annoy us for a little while longer. How arrogant that is and how sad it is. Same with this current crop of old fogies running the Democrat Party. They’re almost staying on for the spite of it at this point.”
One of the congressional dinosaurs she referenced is 81-year-old House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) who, much like President Joe Biden, has been involved in government since the Precambrian era of our planet and refuses to retire with some grace and humility.
“I don’t know why people come saying, ‘You need to step aside for me.’ No, if you want my seat, come get it,” Clyburn said in a recent interview played by Ingraham.
Ingraham concluded, “Now let me be clear — obviously, being a senior citizen doesn’t disqualify anyone from making huge positive contributions. Remember, Benjamin Franklin was at the Constitutional Convention at age 81 — the same age as Clyburn — Reagan left office days before he turned 78. They’re both towering figures in American history. There are many more examples as well, but age is supposed to bring us maturity and wisdom, not vindictiveness and stupidity — both traits of today’s Democrat elders.”
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