Why coronavirus expert Dr. Anthony Fauci is the voice Americans trust

Source: USA Today - View Original Article
Published: May 03, 2020
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93% Liberal

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96% "But Tony looked at us and said, 'This is our chance to learn about the frustrations of the community.""
94% "Although a stand-out basketball player, his height, 5-foot-7, prompted him to look for a career outside sports.""
93% "Initially, Fauci was very rigid in his approach to AIDS and people like (gay rights activist and playwright)""
92% "In summers during college, Fauci worked construction.""
91% "He's a burger and beer at the bar guy, but also a public servant built for our trying times.""
89% "Study: Americans trust Fauci more than Trump or their own governors Fauci grew up in Brooklyn the grandson of Italian immigrants.""

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96% : "But Tony looked at us and said, 'This is our chance to learn about the frustrations of the community.
94% : "I'm sure he finds it entertaining that there are bobblehead dolls of him now," he says.
94% : "But what if the next pandemic destroys our food?
94% : Although a stand-out basketball player, his height, 5-foot-7, prompted him to look for a career outside sports.
93% : "Initially, Fauci was very rigid in his approach to AIDS and people like (gay rights activist and playwright)
92% : But he doubts it phases Fauci.
92% : In summers during college, Fauci worked construction.
91% : Instead, Fauci will meet with a GOP-led subcommittee on May 12.
91% : He's a burger and beer at the bar guy, but also a public servant built for our trying times.
89% : Study: Americans trust Fauci more than Trump or their own governors Fauci grew up in Brooklyn the grandson of Italian immigrants.
87% : Steven Gabbe met Fauci when both were at Cornell Medical College in New York City in the late 1960s, and "the person you see now on TV is the same guy I met back then, smart and humble."
87% : Fauci vowed one day he would be an alum, and made it happen.
87% : As prescriptions go, Fauci has taken his own medicine.
85% : "And to Fauci's credit, he got it and he changed."
85% : Fauci started to meet with members of the gay rights community and quickly understood the need to include those who were suffering in finding a solution.
85% : But friends insist he'd wouldn't want to be anywhere other than in this hot seat.
84% : They describe a man who takes as much pride in his Bolognese pasta sauce (the key, one friend says, is the long-simmering time) as he does in enduring relationships.
84% : "In January, February and part of March there was one physician on show after show, him, and while he's great at explaining things, in terms of telling the country to get prepared, he missed it," says Marty Makary, professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
84% : "My concern is not with Anthony Fauci as much as it is in a media and policy world that puts its faith in one person."
84% : That's his genius.
83% : It's in his DNA."
83% : As is a fierce work ethic.
83% : He just has this powerful drive that won't be stopped.
82% : When President Woodrow Wilson got sick while visiting Paris during World War I, many scholars believe his physician and his wife were running the country for a spell.
82% : The Anthony Fauci Fan Club on Twitter has 24,000 followers and a pinned tweet that reads: "If you don't have a crush on this man, do you even care about public health?
82% : "Don't forget, Tony Fauci is proud card-carrying New Yorker.
81% : So just who is Tony Fauci?
81% : "Tony's capable of elevating his game to whatever is needed, and more has been demanded of him now than in any time in his career," says Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.
81% : In the late 1700s, a yellow fever outbreak in Philadelphia caused President George Washington to flee the city, leaving in charge the preeminent doctor and fellow Founding Father, Benjamin Rush.
81% : That shift in attitude - away from the rigidity of scientific pursuits and towards an embrace of the human reality - soon turned enemies into lifelong friends, says Matt Sharp, a San Francisco-based AIDS survivor and activist who was part of many ACT UP protests in the nation's capital aimed at calling out Fauci.
81% : "Find your source of joy, and embrace it."
80% : "Different pursuits provide joy," Fauci urged the gradates.
79% : In Washington, D.C., the town Fauci calls home, Capo's Speakeasy teamed up with a real estate company to sell Fauci Pouchy to-go drinks, cocktails in see-through sealed bags emblazoned with the doctor's image.
79% : "This guy goes to sleep and wakes up asking, 'Have I done everything I can do?'
78% : So that's where the frustration in some red states comes from.
78% : "Once we got him to relate to us and our reality, trust was established.
78% : That skill is particularly valuable now, as Fauci continues to navigate his truth-telling role for a president whose response to criticism often is dismissal.
77% : Fauci's current national stature indeed appears unique in U.S. history, says historian Douglas Brinkley of Rice University in Houston, citing past examples that fall short.
77% : The same thing happened when he graduated and told people he was going to the NIH to study infectious diseases.
76% : "That story says it all to me," says his friend Gabbe.
76% : It's an opportunity for us to learn and serve.'
76% : "But I know he's got an amazing grace and an ability to cut through the b-----.
75% : "My father-in-law is an infectious disease doctor, and these guys not about picking fights or the limelight," says Tracy.
74% : He did deliveries on his bicycle, while his older sister Denise ran the register.
73% : Three months in: A timeline of how COVID-19 has unfolded in the US Such a high-profile status inevitably also has generated criticism.
72% : ("He'll call me days before to make sure I'm still coming," he says with a laugh.)
72% : As the story goes, one job found him helping on a new building at the Cornell Medical College.
71% : And he's in the headlines again this week, having been barred by the White House from addressing House lawmakers Wednesday on the topic of the administration's response to the crisis.
70% : Get daily coronavirus updates in your inbox: Sign up for our newsletter now.
70% : The system needs to change.
69% : "They're about sharing information and guiding you.
69% : That's probably just fine with Fauci.
68% : Fauci and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention topped the list among all voters with 71% trust ratings.
68% : Fauci's role in the AIDS epidemic changed him.
68% : Then over the next 12 succinct minutes, Fauci laid out five credos to live by: Be a perpetual student, expect the unexpected, embrace public service, lead by example, and, finally, pursue happiness.
66% : "He's a genuinely nice human being, and I deal with a lot who aren't sometimes," says Tracy, whose wife, CBS anchor Norah O'Donnell, has interviewed Fauci over the years.
65% : That harsh assessment has some grounding in a real issue, says Jonathan Engel, professor at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College, part of the City University of New York system.
65% : No one can.
65% : Her Instagram hit includes the line, "Tony, there's no other superstar except for Andy," New York governor Andrew Cuomo.
65% : And no one's better at that than Tony."
64% : In past interviews, Fauci hasn't revealed much about his hard-working upbringing except to say that it laid the foundation for a life ultimately devoted to science and public service.
63% : You're saving lives, but you're also destroying lives.
63% : "He has always had a knack for telling it like it is, and letting the political chips fall where they may," says Stanford's Relman.
62% : For college, he attended Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, which like Regis was run by Jesuits, whose educational philosophy seeks to meld spirituality - Fauci
60% : Fauci's longtime official title is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a part of the National Institutes of Health.
60% : He posted a sign warning take-out customers, "Dr. Antony Fauci is a long time guest and he wants SIX FEET.
60% : His ability to talk honestly about important matters causes people to seek him out.
59% : By virtue of his calm, Brooklyn-inflected White House briefings on coronavirus that frequently if diplomatically contradict statements by President Donald Trump, Fauci, 79, has become a meme, spawned fan clubs and been lovingly parodied by Brad Pitt.
59% : In the eyes of the American public, he's the voice we need right now, one of credibility."
59% : At Chef Geoff's in northwest D.C., Fauci and his wife, a nurse bioethicist at the NIH, are regulars who in pre-virus times would pull up bar stools and order Chef Geoff Burgers and beers, says owner Geoff Tracy.
59% : "Tony was deeply affected by exposure to the Jesuit order, which fostered in him a self-expectation of service," says Goosby.
59% : I'll never forget that.
59% : He has a blunt, endearing and no-nonsense New York attitude, and I think Trump kind of gets that.
59% : Says Osterholm of the University of Minnesota: "I would go so far as to say Tony's been the right man for the job for several decades now."
58% : Although an NIAID press officer said Fauci was too busy for an interview, the doctor's media appearances are frequent and varied, from network news and comedy shows to online interviews with sports icons such as basketball star Steph Curry.
58% : Those are just his circles.
57% : "What developed was a very interesting mutual respect, where you have a hero who once was an enemy," says Sharp.
57% : Join our Coronavirus Watch Facebook group.
56% : Interviews with friends and colleagues offer overlapping descriptions of a man as dedicated to hard work - endless hours peppered with power walks - as he is to his wife, scientist Christine Grady, and three accomplished daughters.
56% : Gabbe, emeritus CEO of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, lauds his friend's sense of humor.
56% : Not long after, AIDS hit.
56% : "A lot of us were nervous and scared of possible violence," Goosby recalls.
53% : Brinkley says after the coronavirus pandemic starts to recede, Fauci is likely to go down in history "as one of few scientists who are now household names.
52% : But friends note celebrities don't really phase him.
52% : Fauci started out by telling the graduates - in his trademark Brooklyn patois that made "honor" sound like on-AH and "poverty" like PAW-vaty - that if they're like him, they'll soon forget every word their commencement speaker said.
49% : His parents ran a pharmacy.
48% : Perhaps not since the late actor Jack Palance did one-armed push-ups at the 1991 Oscars at age 73 - YouTube it
48% : Someone else needs to be there to step back and think about the whole picture, but that's not Fauci's role.
48% : The experience was formative, says Eric Goosby, a distinguished professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, who met Fauci in the 1980s and has been a frequent guest at his friend's pasta Bolognese dinners.
48% : Fauci had been seen as the detached scientific face of an uncaring administration led by President Ronald Reagan, late to understanding the scope of the AIDS crisis.
48% : He may not get much sleep these days, and he's contending with political forces dueling over just how much reopening the country will lead to another coronavirus case spike and then more shut-downs.
47% : Or a bioterror attack?
47% : Tony can't do that.
47% : Fauci's likeness is splashed on coffee mugs, T-shirts and even donuts.
47% : Fauci went to Regis High School in Manhattan, which required commuting for hours on buses and subways.
46% : Stanford professor Relman, who focuses on microbiology and immunology, recalls talking to Fauci about the time U2 singer Bono, who has focused his philanthropy on Africa, wanted to discuss disease issues with Fauci.
45% : But now a lifetime of service has flicked on a searing spotlight.
44% : New York-based singer Missy Modell rewrote the lyrics to Lady Gaga's 2008 hit "Paparazzi" to rhyme with "Docta Fauci."
43% : , millennials - has the nation been this seduced by a senior citizen.
43% : Fauci recently told an interviewer he appreciated the way "classy" actor Brad Pitt played him on a recent Saturday Night Live stay-at-home broadcast, this after Fauci said in an interview that Pitt would be his top choice for someone to impersonate him on the show.
42% : "Tony's taken on this big role in part because of the vacuum that exists," says David Relman, a Fauci friend and professor of medicine at Stanford University.
41% : Mostly he just wanted to make a difference.
41% : Goosby, who was running of one the nation's first AIDS clinics in the late '80s, recalls attending a meeting with Fauci in Washington, D.C.
40% : Right-wing pundits have assailed how shelter-in-place guidelines he supported have impacted the economy, leading conservative internet TV host Bill Mitchell to tweet "this Dr. Doom Fauci is the most depressing idiot I've ever listened to.
39% : "We need a new leadership system that sits inside the White House, where people have the authority to tell the Attorney General what to do, or the Federal Reserve or the Secretary of Defense, so you can move fast.
38% : "Cost-benefit analysis is not the way Fauci thinks, he's a physician and immunologist," says Engel.
38% : is a lifelong Catholic - with social justice.
38% : Those who know Fauci marvel at how he keeps his political leanings private.
37% : "I honestly don't know if he's a Democrat or Republican," says Sharp.
36% : At first, he tackled the growing crisis with a measured, data-driven approach to trying to find a treatment.
35% : But since becoming the face of this country's COVID-19 pandemic, the career immunologist who has battled everything from AIDS to Ebola is increasingly referred to as America's Doctor.
35% : And yet the public can't seem to get enough.
33% : Over what is now nearly a 50-year career with the NIH, Fauci has worked for presidents as philosophically wide-ranging as Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, helping them through crises that included the post-9/11 anthrax scares, SARS in 2003, H1N1 in 2009 and Ebola in 2014.
32% : The gathering was attacked by ACT UP activists, who locked the meeting's attendees, there to discuss new drugs to fight HIV, inside the hall with chains.
31% : "But he's so grounded I don't think it would go to his head."
30% : The straight talking Fauci is what you want to hear, much like if you go to a doctor you don't want spin or blarney."
30% : Tracy says Fauci's sudden ascent into the pop culture firmament doesn't surprise him.
30% : Indeed, a brief #FireFauci firestorm that flared in the wake of Fauci appearing to show exasperation at the president's coronavirus remarks ended with Trump saying Fauci wasn't going anywhere.
29% : The recipe for that success perhaps can be found in remarks Fauci made around this time in 2016 to the graduating class at Ohio State University.
28% : Even some fellow scientists who praise Fauci's professional accomplishments suggest not only that he was late sounding the alarm, but that having one celebrated virus point person is dangerous.
27% : If anything, Fauci's rise highlights the fact that no one person regardless of their stature - his laurels include almost every scientific accolade short of a Nobel Prize - should hold all the reins when it comes to national and global pandemics.
23% : "Tony thought it would cause too big a scene at the NIH, so he just told Bono to come over to his house," says Relman.
21% : "So you have moments when doctors have become the voice of the country, but nothing like this," says Brinkley.
21% : When he is at that West Wing lectern, he seems to radiate a sense of satisfaction at simply being of service despite the attendant slings and arrows of the post.
20% : Fauci would be excused it if did.
19% : But that methodical tack infuriated gay activists watching friends die daily.
17% : Today, the AIDS community is glad he's the one leading this effort right now."
14% : In a recent survey of 1,900 registered U.S. voters, Morning Consult asked respondents whom they would trust "a lot" or "some" to end social distancing.
13% : People told him they were all conquered, this was a career-killer move.
12% : Some suggest Fauci enjoys this new spotlight too much.
12% : Stay connected, even when we're all apart.
10% : Dr. Anthony Stephen Fauci didn't grow up wanting to be famous.
10% : "Bono did, but Tony forgot that that might completely freak out his daughters, which it did.
4% : Larry Kramer got in his face, calling him the worst things," says Baruch College professor Engel, who wrote "The Epidemic: A Global History of AIDS."

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