It is so very fitting that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo compared himself and NIAID Chief, Dr. Anthony Fauci, to the lead actors in the infamous mafia movie, The Godfather.
During Gov. Cuomo’s press conference Monday, Cuomo suggested he and Fauci make an ad together comparing them to Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.
Cuomo had to do something to add levity after Fauci mapped out a dire warning against holiday travel and gatherings.
“In regard to the issue of the holiday spread and the peaks… you would expect the effect of the Thanksgiving surge in probably another week and a half from now.” He went on to state, “The problem is, that’s going to come right up to the beginning of the Christmas and Hanukkah potential surge. So, you have a surge upon a surge.”
He went on to say if those two thing happen “without substantial mitigation, the middle of January can be a really dark time for us.” He doubled down stating, “mid-January is probably going to be a bad time.”
As part of the “substantial mitigation”, Fauci claimed holiday gatherings limits are too high, “I feel 10 may even be a bit too much.”
With many states and cities on extraordinary lockdown over the holidays, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are about to be reviewed by the FDA within the next days and weeks. However, many Americans are skeptical of the safety of the vaccine, including NYC firefighters.
Cuomo, aware of the fear, commented, “I said that as soon as the vaccine is deemed ready and safe, I’ll be the first one to take a vaccine.”
As Cuomo went on to discuss addressing fear via education, he decided it would be a good idea for himself and Fauci to do a vaccine ad together. “Maybe we enlist you, I’ll do it with you — we’ll do an ad telling New Yorkers it’s safe to take the vaccine, to you know, put us together.”
Cuomo actually likened them to Robert De Niro and Al Pacino of the Godfather. “We’re like the modern-day DeNiro and Pacino.” Then he gave Fauci the choice of which he wanted to be. “You can be whichever one you want. You can be the De Niro or Pacino. Fauci and Cuomo. Who do you want to be: De Niro or Pacino? Which one do you want to be?”
In an awkward chuckle Fauci responded “I love them both. I love them both. I don’t want to insult one or the other. If I say one, I don’t want to hurt the feelings of the other, so either one.”
Cuomo then called Fauci out, “Yeah. Who’s the politician?”
The whole thing was stunning and incredibly uncomfortable. To have these two powerful men, who have become quite dictatorial and depriving American’s of their constitutional rights liken themselves to mafia heads giving the people “an offer they cannot refuse” is fairly horrifying.
Cuomo mercifully ended the press conference by asking Fauci what restaurant he missed most in New York. Fauci answered, “a nice Nathan’s hot dog and a really steaming pastrami sandwich.”
Cuomo responded, “Alright, so no cannoli, no meatballs?”
At this point I think we need to leave these two meatballs and stick with the cannoli!