The old saying goes"‘what a difference a day makes" and in the case of Dr Anthony Fauci, this couldn’t be more true.
America’s chief immunologist returned to the White House on Thursday and things are thankfully a lot different for him now under the new administration. At times during 2020, he looked like an exhausted and defeated while working with Donald Trump, a man who would consistently undermine and contradict the infectious diseases expert.
After being asked if he was joking about no longer having to work with Trump he said:
“I was very serious about it. I wasn’t joking. I mean, obviously, I don’t want to be going back over history, but it was very clear that there were things that were said, be it regarding things like Hydroxychloroquine, and other things like that, that really was an uncomfortable because they were not based on scientific fact. I can tell you, I take no pleasure at all in being in a situation of contradicting the President.
"So, it was really something that you didn’t feel that you could actually say something, and there wouldn’t be any repercussions about it. The idea that you can get up here and talk about what you know, what the evidence, what the science is and know that’s it, let the science speak, it is somewhat of a liberating feeling.”
Even without those words, it was clear to see that Fauci was more radiant and less stressed than what we had been accustomed to seeing during the majority of the last 12 months. This side-by-side video made by The Recount perfectly demonstrates that:
The radiant Fauci is clearly living his best life now and everyone is delighted to see it.
In fact, the whole mood in the press briefing room is likely to be a lot different under Joe Biden. Just look at this video comparing how Trump’s first press secretary Sean Spicer spoke to journalists compared to the way the new press secretary Jen Psaki spoke to them.
It might sound cliched but it really is a whole new world.