Unmasking Marks a Political Milestone

by Jan Frazier

Washington, D.C. (Washington Insider Magazine) Thursday in the Rose Garden, President Biden along with Vice-President Harris revealed the news that unmasking when fully vaccinated can now occur.

On Thursday, May 13, the news for which we had all been waiting occurred. Fully vaccinated people could unmask. President Biden removed his mask as did the Republicans “sitting across from him negotiating an infrastructure deal at the White House.”

When Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, heard the news, he removed his masking and said, “Free at last!” First Lady, Jill Biden, joked, “We feel naked.”

The Biden administration used a great deal of caution during the pandemic. They continually urged Americans to remain cautious at all times. With new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday, this “offered America its most tangible hope yet that there could finally be a return to normal from a pandemic that has upended society as we’ve known it.”

The pandemic is definitely not over yet. There is still an average of 600 people in the U.S. dying each week. However, the news from Thursday is a milestone. As the pandemic ravaged America this past year, “the face mask has been the foremost symbol of America’s deep political and cultural divisions.”

Unmasking on Thursday became an event that both the Republicans and Democrats celebrated. Biden has urged Americans for months to wear a mask in all situations. “After using the face covering as a device to lambast the left, conservatives now must contend with the fact that the restriction was lifted under Biden, and that the pandemic also will end under his watch.”

Paul Begala, the veteran Democratic strategist, commented, “Today may be remembered in history as V-C Day.” Begala was comparing the day to the WWII victories over Germany and Japan.

The CDC commented on Thursday that any children up to the age of 12 – who cannot yet get the vaccine – must still wear a mask. 

The President hopes now that as the masks vanish, it will confirm the effectiveness of the vaccines that have been distributed through the country. 

Saul Anuzis, a former state Republican Party Chair in Michigan, stated, “It’ll start to heal some of the wounds out there. There’s a lot of frustration; people want to get back to normal, whether it’s going to school, whether it’s going to your local business, whether it’s just seeing your neighbors.”


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