In a recent interview with ABC, a self-satisfied Fauci was asked how he hoped to be remembered as he prepares to retire from his position as Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fauci said he wanted to remembered as somebody who gave everything he had to the American public,
‘I want to be remembered as someone who gave everything they had for the public health of the American public and indirectly for the rest of the world, because we’re such a leader in science and public health,’ he said. ‘I mean, I just want people to know that I gave it everything I had and didn’t leave anything on the field. I was all there.’
When asked how he wants to be remembered, Dr. Fauci told @jonkarl: "I just want people to know that I gave it everything I had and didn't leave anything on the field." Check out my latest for @ThisWeekABC! https://t.co/92HyGm9tLo
— Lauren Lantry (@lantrylauren) October 16, 2022
Jonathan Karl asked Dr. Anthony Fauci, who helped lead the US response to Covid-19, what it was like to become a household name,
“I vividly remember your very first appearance in the White House briefing room in one of the COVID briefings, where a reporter shouted out, interrupted you, and asked you to say your name,’ Karl said. ‘I suspect that may have been the last time you were asked to identify yourself.’
‘Yeah, I think so; in fact, a lot has happened since then that’s been an amazing journey that all of us have been through, and still are in actually,’ Fauci responded, with a simpering smile.
Fauci appeared to be his own biggest fan, displaying a pillow of his image during the interview.
Fauci explained that he looked at the entire country as his patient while recognizing that many did not agree with him.
‘I look upon the country, in many respects, as my patient,’ he said. ‘And when you – if you’re a really good physician, you are concerned and worry about every element of your patient.’
‘Karl also asked about Fauci’s controversial flip flop on the necessity of masks, questioning, “Would you take back what you said about masks?’
‘Yeah,’ Fauci said. ‘I mean, sure, if I had to do it over again. Of course. Again, if I tell you why we did it, it would be interpreted as making an excuse, and I don’t want to go there because that creates nothing but backlash. If I had to do it over again, I would have analyzed it a little bit better.”
When asked about school closures, Fauci said they were a bad idea, then claimed he did not share the responsibility for those decisions, saying he had “nothing to do” with school closures.
Fauci says he had “nothing to do” with school closures.
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) October 16, 2022
Journalist Tom Elliot contradicted Fauci, pointing out on Twitter that Fauci, speaking from governmental leadership roles at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) and the (NIH) National Institute of Health, clearly and strongly advocated for school closures.
“Contrary to his latest media tour, Dr. Fauci was, in fact, the point person on shutting down schools in America. As the self-appointed Covid czar, politicos & the media turned to him for advice, and he was to lock kids out.”
THREAD: Contrary to his latest media tour, Dr. Fauci was in fact the point person on shutting down schools in America. As the self-appointed Covid czar, politicos & the media turned to him for advice, and his was to lock kids out.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) October 17, 2022
As Fauci wraps up his time in US public health, he would like to be remembered as someone who helped the country.
Majorie Taylor Greene has a different perspective on how Dr. Fauci should be remembered, saying, “Dr. Fauci was not elected by the American people…yet he very much controlled our lives”. She went on to say that Dr. Fauci owes the American people and the world a lot of answers. So, during the Summer, she sponsored a “Fire Fauci Act.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene: "I'm very proud to sponsor the Fire Fauci Act." pic.twitter.com/3S78ekiuCd
— The Hill (@thehill) June 15, 2021