You know the phrase self-aware? It does not apply to Jared Kushner, the former president’s son-in-law. He somehow weaseled his way into the center of Covid planning in the White House. He dragged along two college buds, Nat Turner and Adam Boehler, two mega-rich kids without a lick of experience in pandemics or public health.
Together with totem Mike Pence, two lifetime medical bureaucrats Fauci and Birx, plus Pfizer board member Scott Gottlieb, they all came to have huge influence over the lives, liberty, and property of every American.
And they loved every minute, as Kushner’s own book reveals. There are so many things in this book to recount, it’s impossible to discuss the whole thing. I’ve taken on the early lockdown days already.
Here let us discuss the difficult topic of ventilators, which were a huge rage early on until it turned out most of the patients intubated died. Over time, hospitals stopped using them. Now you can snag one on eBay for a few hundred bucks.
What does Kushner know about curing patients of Covid? Nothing. But he damn sure presumed that he did. His first comment on ventilators occurs in Chapter, 45 in which he recounts his heroics in getting as many as possible delivered and even produced. It evidently never occurred to him to ring up a doctor on the front lines to find out if the tool was suitable for the job.
Here is his first mention:
“I knew the federal government kept a strategic stockpile of basic medical supplies. It hadn’t occurred to me that cotton swabs were among them, but of course they were—and each COVID test required at least one cotton swab. We were short on lots of other supplies as well, from gloves and gowns to masks and ventilators.”