dr. Anthony Fauci joined first lady Jill Biden for a laughable interview on ‘Live! with Kelly and Ryan’ Monday amid swirling questions about the country’s response to the coronavirus after a deluge of thousands of Fauci emails.
The pair answered a series of questions on unusual topics, including Jill’s recent birthday celebrations, her New Jersey origins, and Fauci’s childhood good for a family bike dispensary.
And with many of the softballs coming at the first lady, Fauci was given only a few basic questions about the coronavirus, avoiding more dangerous topics like the thousands of government emails released, including correspondence with Chinese scientists.
VERY HAPPY: Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Jill Biden were featured in a performance on ‘Live! with Kelly and Ryan.” Fauci was able to avoid questions about an email dump and the origin of the coronavirus
“There was a birthday last week. how did you celebrate?’ asked host Ryan Seacrest. Biden responded by describing her “wonderful birthday” celebrations with the president at their Delaware beach house.
At another time, host Kelly Ripa noted that she and Dr. Biden were from neighboring Jersey towns and referred to Biden’s hometown of Hamminton as the “blueberry capital of the world.”
The hosts alternated between calling the couple “Jill and Anthony” and calling them both doctors — a reference to early online traffic about Biden’s Ph.D in Education.
Ripa asked Brooklyn-born Fauci about his first trip to New York since the pandemic.
“Is it nice to be back in New York City, or are you on a friends and family tour?” Rip asked Fauci
“Is it nice to be back in New York City, or are you on a friends and family tour?” she wanted to know.
He described driving into the city after landing at the LaGuardia airport and looking at the city where he grew up. Seacrest asked if he’d lowered the window to look around. “You can’t open the window,” Fauci joked—in a brief reference to his security in the midst of threats.
But there were plenty of topics the hosts didn’t raise — including new questions about whether government scientists were considering the possibility of a lab leak of the virus from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, or whether the public was fully aware of the possibility. when the idea was officially rejected, as were early missteps at masking and other protections. Fauci has repeatedly said the most likely origin is a virus that jumped from an animal like a bat to another animal or human, although President Biden has now ordered an intelligence inquiry.
Protesters protest outside the Abyssinian Baptist Church on June 6, 2021 in New York City. The Abyssinian Baptist Church offers COVID-19 vaccines in Harlem, where the infection rate was higher than the rest of the city, but the vaccine rate is roughly only seven percent
Protesters protested against covid passports, calling Fauci a ‘criminal’
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden (C) and Dr. Anthony Fauci (L), director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks with a person being vaccinated at the Abyssinian Baptist Church on June 6, 2021 in New York City
Fauci is currently at the center of a storm of questions about the virus’ origins — with former President Donald Trump calling him a “promoter” during a weekend address in North Carolina, and Republicans in Congress calling for investigations and even demanded his ouster.
He and Biden were greeted by a small group of protesters on Sunday as they visited a vaccine clinic at Abyssinian Baptist Church. Some carried signs saying “Fire Fauci” and blowing up vaccines, while the Biden administration is pushing to get 70 percent of Americans with at least one shot. One protester held up a sign saying he was a “criminal,” while another held up a mask with the word “fascism.” Fauci has repeatedly protested against a politicization of mask-wearing.
The interview repeatedly went back to family matters, with the bulk of the questions going to Biden.
Seacrest asked Biden when she has time to herself with the president, “What do you like to do?” She said she liked to exercise and to go hiking and biking. “We always eat together,” she said. “Hush, no phones, the candles are on the table,” she said.
“I like a nice table,” said Dr. Biden.
Fauci was partially shielded by his roommate, who answered some questions about safe topics.
“What time is dinner and how long does it take?” Ripa wanted to know.
When it came to Fauci’s 9:00 or 9:30 p.m. dinner time, Ripa found they were simpatico.’Dr. Fauci and I could very well have been married,’ she complained. “All I wanted was dinner with my kids every night,” Fauci said.
When health care came up, some of the questions for Fauci involved his family pharmacy, where he delivered goods on his Schwinn bike.
“We like a Schwinn,” Seacrest told him.
“I could spend the rest of my life wandering through a pharmacy. I’m not joking. It’s my favorite pastime,’ Ripa joked.
Ripa later brought up advances in vaccine distribution and declining cases.
“By July 4, we will reach 70 percent of the population, the adult population,” Fauci said, amid a decline in daily vaccine doses. Other questions arose about boosters and childhood vaccinations.