Analysis | The Daily 202: British, Canadian and U.S. leaders cite World War II to make very different points about coronavirus
By James Hohmann
World War II was clearly top of mind for Queen Elizabeth II as she recorded a rare, and reassuring, televised address about the
The 93-year-old recalled the first radio address she delivered as a 14-year-old princess during the Nazi blitz in 1940, also from Windsor Castle, when young people had been shipped off to the countryside for their safety.
“Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones,” the queen said. “But now, as then, we know, deep down, that it is the right thing to do.”
In the twilight of her reign, the beloved great-grandmother projected steely, if soft-spoken, resolve.
“We should take comfort that, while we may have more still to endure, better days will return,” she concluded. “We will be with our friends again. We will be with our families again. We will meet again.”
“We will meet again” is an unmistakable reference to the most popular song in London during World War II.
Amazingly, Lynn is still alive. She’s 103. “We’ll meet again” surged overnight in the charts.
During this harrowing time in history, it’s natural for people of all ages
“This is going to be the hardest and saddest week of most Americans’ lives, quite frankly,” U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, 45, said Sunday on Fox News. “This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localized. It’s going to be happening all over the country.”
A prominent Canadian politician also invoked World War II on Sunday – to criticize President Trump. Several premiers of Canadian provinces, the equivalent of governors, blasted the U.S.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, a prominent conservative, recalled lingering resentments from the isolationist movement that kept America on the sidelines of World War II even as Adolf Hitler’s rockets and bombers sacked London. “The United States sat out the first two or three years and actually initially refused to even provide supplies to Canada and the United Kingdom that was leading the fight at the time,” Kenney, 51, said on Sunday, according to the Associated Press.
For his part, Trump continues to view himself as a kind of post-historical figure. Trump often makes mistakes when referring to historical events, and exaggerates or minimizes their implications, to suit his preferred narrative. He continues to repeat during White House briefings that the influenza pandemic happened in 1917. It was 1918. President George W. Bush, who steeped himself in the history of that outbreak and pushed his administration to better prepare for a sequel, would not have made that error.
“We've never done anything like this,” Trump, 73, said on Sunday evening during his daily briefing. “There's never been anything like this.”
In fact, there has.
“We’re starting to see
President Lyndon Johnson notoriously used this same formulation about “light at the end of the tunnel” to mislead the American people about the status of the war effort in Vietnam. He knew how bad the truth was on the ground, the Pentagon Papers and Oval Office tapes from the time have shown, but LBJ was adamant in his public comments that there were glimmers of hope.
“I will not say we have it under control,” said Tony Fauci, the government’s top infectious-diseases expert. “We are struggling to get it under control.”
Trump attacked Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) for saying earlier in the day that he had “given up” on the federal government helping the states. The president said he asked his aides to give him bullet points with things the administration has done for Illinois, such as sending 600 ventilators and helping build a field hospital in Chicago. “He’s not able to do what he’s supposed to be able to do as a governor,” Trump said of Pritzker. “He has not performed well.”
Trump, born a year after World War II ended, also continued hyping
Quote of the day
“What do I know? I’m not a doctor,” Trump acknowledged as he continued to push unproven medical treatments from the White House briefing room.Prime Minister Boris Johnson was hospitalized on Sunday, 10 days after he learned of his positive test. Britain has 48,440 confirmed cases and 4,943 deaths from the contagion. A spokesman called it a “precautionary step” because the 55-year-old “continues to have persistent symptoms.” Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who has also tested positive, complained on their Sunday morning shows that Britons were not following guidelines to stay inside and that this might prompt more restrictive measures. Police were photographed
The queen is in partial isolation with Prince Philip, her 98-year-old husband. Their son Prince Charles, first in line to the throne, tested positive last
The queen delivers a Christmas address every year, but this is only the fifth time in her 68 years on the throne that she’s addressed the nation in a
In her four-minute speech, Queen Elizabeth said history will remember the nightly cheers for
“And though self-isolating may at times be hard, many people of all faiths, and of none, are discovering that it presents an opportunity to slow down, pause and reflect, in prayer or meditation,” she said. “I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge. And those who come after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humored resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterize this country. The pride in who we are is not a part of our past. It defines our present and our future.”
The federal response
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention counts only deaths in
which the presence of the
are almost certainly dying of covid-19 but being left out of the official count.
Confusion and stumbles are undermining the $2 trillion stimulus rollout.“Small-business owners have reported delays in getting approved for loans without which they will close their doors, while others say they have been denied altogether by their lenders and do not understand why. The law’s provision to boost unemployment benefits has become tangled in dated and overwhelmed state bureaucracies, as an unprecedented avalanche of jobless Americans seeks aid,” Jeff Stein reports. “Officials at the Internal Revenue Service have warned that $1,200 relief checks may not reach many Americans until August or September if they haven’t already given their direct-deposit information to the government. Taxpayers in need of answers from the IRS amid a rapidly changing job market are encountering dysfunctional government websites and
Rudy Giuliani is promoting unproven experimental treatments to Trump.“In one-on-one phone calls with Trump, Giuliani said, he has been touting the use of an anti-malarial drug combination that has shown some early promise in treating
“While some doctors in China and France have said they have used
Television personality “Dr. Oz” also put the
The Henry Ford Hospital System in Michigan will test the effectiveness of
review of federal purchasing contracts
government wasted months before buying up needed equipment.
The former captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt tested positive.Acting Navy secretary Thomas Modly told David Ignatius that he removed Capt. Brett Crozier as the commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt because he believed he was “panicking” under pressure — and he said he wanted to make the move himself before Trump ordered the captain’s dismissal. “I didn’t want to get into a decision where the president would feel that he had to intervene because the Navy couldn’t be decisive,” he said. Crozier, who walked alone down the gangplank of his giant ship to the cheers of his crew, is now infected with the virus.
Michael Atkinson said he, too, was fired for doing his job.The inspector general removed by Trump late Friday night said “he believes he was fired for having properly handled a whistleblower complaint that became a centerpiece of the case for the president’s impeachment,” Ellen Nakashima reports. “‘It is hard not to think that the president’s loss of confidence in me derives from my having faithfully discharged my legal obligations as an independent and impartial inspector general,’ [he said in a statement]. That Atkinson issued a statement at all is unusual —
Dispatches from the front lines
A Chicago anesthesiologist talks about what it's like to intubate a
“You’re basically right next to the nuclear reactor,” Cory Deburghgraeve told Eli Saslow.
“I could be the last person some of these patients ever see, or the
last voice they hear. A lot of people will never come off the
ventilator. That’s the reality of this virus. I force myself to think
about that for a few seconds each time I walk into the ICU to do an
intubation. This is my entire job now. Airways.
- Lisa Ewald, a Michigan E.R.
nurse, died alone at home from the virus. She had been on the front lines at Henry Ford Hospital. A friend found her body a day after she was last heard from – four days before her 54th birthday. (Fox News)
Acito, the director of nursing at
Holy Name Medical Centerin Teaneck, N.J., the hardest-hit town in the state’s hardest-hit county, felt like she could hold up even as 12 doctors and the hospital’s CEO got sick and a colleague died. Then three of her family members were brought in. One died. “You compartmentalize,” the 57-year-old told the New York Times. “You go home. You shower it off. But when you have a family member here, you can’t scrub that off.”
staff of the Mount Sinai network hospitals in New York will finally get
tested after Kious Kelly, a nurse, died from the virus on March 24.
has lost 80 doctors and 21 nurses to the virus, and more than 12,000
health-careworkers have tested positive for it there. The stress and fear are taking a psychological toll. There have been suicides. (Sky News)
nurse said, in an emotional video, that she quit her job because she
would not tend to
coronaviruspatients without a face mask. (CBS News)
- Grace Jun of the Parson School of Design created a pattern you can sew at home to make your own fabric mask. You can find the pattern here.
A new I.G.
across the country say they don’t have enough supplies, personal
protective equipment, ventilators and staff, according to a report
released this morning by the inspector general of the Department of
Health and Human Services. Hospital administrators at 323 hospitals
across 46 states, plus D.C.
report confirms hospital shortages.
Texas will screen drivers who enter the state from
state announced it will enforce a mandatory, two-week quarantine on
- The virus has now killed more people in the New Orleans metro area (161) than gun violence (120) did in 2019, the Times-Picayune notes.
Chicago, the virus is killing black residents at disproportionately
high rates. While the city’s population is 29 percent African American,
they've accounted for 70 percent of virus-related fatalities.
how contagious is this? A tiger at the Bronx Zoo became the first U.S.
animal to testpositive for the virus. Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger, was tested “out of an abundance of caution” after coming into contact with an infected staffer who was asymptomatic. (Daily News)
County in California ordered all residents to cover their faces in
public, making it the largest jurisdiction to adopt such a measure.
- Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) enraged local leaders by reopening all the state’s beaches.
(Antonia Noori Farzan)
Here are a few of the latest people killed by the contagion:
workers at a Chicago-area Walmart became some of the first grocery
employees to die from
covid-19. The company didn’t provide the workers’ names or ages. (CNN)
inmate at New York City’s Rikers Island became the first confirmed
death of a prisoner with the disease in the city. The 53-year-old man
had been transferred from the jail to Bellevue Hospital on March 26.
(New York Post)
NFL kickerwho seta field goal record that stood for more than four decades despite missing the toes on his right foot, died at 73. (Brett Martel)
Behrbom, a New York City teacher whose family battled red tape to get
him access to pioneering therapy, died of complications from the virus.
The 47-year-old was expected to finally get donated plasma Sunday for
convalescent plasma therapy. He had been diagnosed with a rare form of
leukemia onMarch 12 and fell sick from the virus during the last five days of chemotherapy. (New York Post)
Knapp Lee, a beloved and retired Detroit restauranteur known for his corned-beef sandwiches, died at 72. (Free Press) Wilson Maa, a passenger on the Coral Princess cruise ship docked in Miami, died at 71 after waiting fourhours to be transferred off the boat to get to a hospital. (USA Today)
- Patricia Bosworth, an actress and writer known for her biographical studies of self-destructive figures, died at 86.
Gould, a former fire commissioner who served in the Marine Corps, died
at 81. To give his family a chance to say goodbye, the local fire
department held a processional past his house.
Meléndez, a 24-year-old who suffered from diabetes and previously had
heart surgery, died. Her father, Marcos, said his biggest regret is not
being able to say goodbye.
- Lee Fierro, an actress known for her role in “Jaws," died at 91.
- Has someone you know died of
covid-19? Share your story with The Post.
The virus is creating conflict for churches at a time when people seek solace.“For the religious, one of the crueler elements of the
Louisiana pastor who was arrested last week for holding services
summoned his faithful again, despite a state ban on gatherings of 10 or
more people. Hundreds of worshippers converged on Tony Spell's church,
with many arriving in 26 buses sent to pick them up.
Republican-controlled legislature blocked an effort by Gov. Tony Evers
(D) to postpone Tuesday's primary election. Republicans argued that
clerks will be able to take enough steps to keep voters safe. Wisconsin
has at least 2,112 confirmed cases. Nine mayors asked the state’s health secretary to use her emergency powers to stop in-person voting.
The number of cases in the D.C.
Gov. Larry Hogan (R) issued an emergency order requiring nursing home
staff to wear protective gear and segregate infected patients to halt
the spread of the disease following outbreaks in the state’s long-term
care facilities,” Ian Shapira, Rachel Chason, Fenit Nirappil and Hannah Natanson report.
“Meanwhile, the administration of D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D)
ordered the Wharf Fish Market in Southwest Washington shut down Sunday
after customers crowded its open-air marketplace Saturday, defying
social-distancing orders. … As of Sunday morning, the District had 1,002
confirmed cases and 22 deaths; Maryland had 3,610 cases and 67 deaths;
and Virginia had 2,640 cases and 52 deaths.” Bowser said D.C.
region soared past 7,000.
Maryland’s Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy, the site of the
state’s largest outbreak, at least 99 residents and staff have tested
positive and 10 residents have died.
(Rachel Chason, Ovetta Wiggins and Rebecca Tan)
is also grappling with outbreaks in nursing homes. As of Friday, 17
residents at the Canterbury Rehabilitation and
HealthcareCenter in Henrico County had died of the disease. Five died in a 24-hour period.
jailreported four more infections, bringing the total among inmates to 18, while four members of the D.C. Emergency Services Department tested positive, meaning that 32 firefighters, paramedics and EMTs in the city have fallen ill.
The foreign fallout
Chief Medical Officer for
Scotland’s chief medical officer resigned for violating her own guidance to stay home.Catherine Calderwood acknowledged she visited her second home on two occasions during her country’s lockdown despite calling for people to limit nonessential movement and stay at home to stop the spread of the
Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency to empower prefectures to take
restrictive measures. Nearly 3,700 people are infected in his country.
- The Spanish government is working on rolling out a universal basic income as soon as possible. The government’s broader ambition is that this becomes a “permanent instrument.” (Bloomberg News)
- The virus could wipe out jobs for millions across Africa.
reported 39 new cases, with more than 1,000 people under observation.
Of the cases the communist government owned up to, 38 were in people who
recently returned from abroad. South Korea reported fewer than 50 new
infections for the first time since February.
The virus is testing the limits of Russia’s surveillance state.“As soon as the digital code is created on a
Journalists around the world are threatened as countries restrict coverage.“From Latin America to Russia, governments have tried to shape coverage so it avoids criticism or information that authorities deem harmful to public order,” Louisa Loveluck, Robyn Dixon and Adam Taylor report. “Questioning of official accounts has drawn fines, police investigations and the expulsion of foreign correspondents. In some countries, the virus has provided a pretext for governments to pass emergency legislation that is likely to curb freedoms long after the contagion has been extinguished. The consequences could amount to life or death, free-press advocates say.”
Social media speed
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) is sending ventilators to hot spots that need them more:
Every state in America is united in the fight to save the lives of our people. Though our mission is the same, our needs are different.— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) April 5, 2020
is returning400 ventilators so states like New York and others can have them .#WeGotThisWA #StayHomeStayHealthy
Well, there’s a— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) April 6, 2020
chyronfor you. pic.twitter.com/Uq4ViGi18y
Have been stress-sewing masks all weekend to help me cope...— Cecilia Muñoz (@cecmunoz) April 5, 2020
fortunately, my husband saved every eye mask from every international flight - he had 17 of them. Normally, this drives me crazy, but I have been repurposingthe elastic, so now I’m grateful. pic.twitter.com/Qk6NEkM6HU
One of the good things about Sherrod being home more: He’s back to playing the piano for me, although Walter and Franklin think he’s singing to them. Sherrod says if you make fun of his voice, you’re not being original. pic.twitter.com/LVOQorpOYc— Connie Schultz (@ConnieSchultz) April 5, 2020
Videos of the day“The Daily Show” shared a damning compilation of pro-Trump commentators playing down the danger – and then insisting that they did not:
John Oliver took a look at One America News, the far-right news network embraced by Trump at his
Joe Biden’s campaign released a video saying that the American spirit will overcome the outbreak: