The Public Service of President Trump

The number of new cases of COVID-19 is likely to significantly drop in the the coming months and we have President Trump to thank for that

Why? Because people don’t respond to abstract facts and exhortations given by people they don’t know. They do respond to particular examples.

The fact that Trump and Co. disparaged masks, and then came down with the virus will be far more convincing, than any pronouncements from Dr. Fauci or various mayors, governors, congressmen or senators.

I saw this many times in practice.

An example.

Neurologists treat migraine headaches. It is well known that migraines are triggered by stress. When someone was having a bout of several migraines under the stress of divorce, illness, finances you name it, I’d tell them this, but I could see they didn’t believe me.

So I’d say let me tell you about my wife’s migraines. She’s had them even before I met her when she was 19. And as is typical of migraine, they became less frequent and less severe as she got older.

So she had gone 18 months without one, until the afternoon that she found out that our 12 year old son, had a bone tumor in his ankle which would need surgery. Immediately, I could see the patient had bought in the particular what I’d just told them in the abstract.

I think the populace is presently saying to themselves. Maybe we ought to wear masks and only be around people wearing them. Look what happened to Trump and the Senators.

Addendum 5 October:

A sardonic friend (and retired ambassador) responded as follows

“Thanks for helping me appreciate President Trump’s public service.

The potential benefits of this style of leadership seem almost without limit.

Think, for example, of how the President could affect automotive safety if he were to demonstrate the perils of driving a car over a cliff.



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  • Peter Shenkin  On October 4, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    I don’t get migraines, just hemorrhoids.

  • Mark Thorson  On October 4, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    I had sporadic migraine headaches until I was over 40 before discovering that’s what they were, and what caused them. I had read an article in Scientific American about the fortifications hallucination,which is a form of the migraine aura. When I saw my first one, I instantly knew that migraines were my problem. In the days leading up to it, I had been having a series of headaches of increasing intensity, until I was on the verge of going to the hospital out of fear I was about to have a stroke or something. When I saw the aura, it was actually a relief to know I didn’t have anything that might cause my imminent death. After a few hours, I also figured out the cause. I had been following a strict vegan diet because I’d just suffered the worst gout attacks of my life. This diet included lots of Boca Burgers (soy-based meat substitute). It was the bean protein that was causing the headaches! I quit eating beans and anything with beans in it, and the headaches stopped within a day or so. Subsequent experiments showed that I can eat soy oil and soy sauce, but no tofu, refried beans,or fresh green beans.

    • luysii  On October 5, 2020 at 10:42 am

      What you did was smart. What people used to do was try to cut out foods that they’d read about which caused migraine (chocolate, seafood, etc. etc.) and cut them out. While this is true, it is true for people en masse not in particular. The trick is to note what you ate before a migraine and cut that out.

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