It’s a joke I’ve enjoyed for years, imagining the first sentence ever spoken. “You go first,” has always been a favorite. Others include: “poke it with a stick,” and “here, taste this.”
Now as Donald the Great exhorts a stricken nation that it must immediately re-open its economy, well, “you go first” is certainly back in style.
Jennifer Rubin’s op-ed in the Washington Post “The Test for Those Who Want to Reopen the Economy Too Soon: You Go First” is essential reading. She writes:
“Let me suggest a simple test for those arguing for a quick return to business as normal absent a robust testing, contact tracing and quarantine program: You go first.”
Do you remember when Jimmy Carter visited the damaged nuclear plant at Three Mile Island? I’d like to see Trump visit an emergency room in New York City. I’d like to see him on the front lines of the fight with the same meagre equipment and lack of testing that E.R. workers must cope with.