Every year, we identify the extraordinary people who moved us over the past 365 days and will continue to inspire us for the next 365. As we say goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021, we recognize Authentic People of 2020 who demonstrate courage, heart, vulnerability and the kind of character the world could use more of.
The Doctor Will See You Now
Dr. Anthony Fauci was not selected as People’s Sexiest Man Alive or Time Magazine’s Person of the Year (he had our vote for both), but the superfan of the Washington Nationals is the leadoff hitter for our Authentic People of 2020.
In this year of all years, Dr. Fauci has spoken truth to power. He has spoken science to America. He has tried to keep us safe, vigilant and hopeful.
The 79-year old long-time director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases didn’t ask to be the face of medicine as we have faced the pandemic, but he has filled the role effectively. Fauci has served under six administrations and will serve under the 7th when he becomes the chief medical advisor for President-Elect Joe Biden.
He’s not your classic heartthrob, but #coronacrush was created for him. Why? The scratchy voice and Brooklyn accent? The grey hair? The cute glasses? The medical coat? Maybe.
But more likely he became the most trusted voice on the Coronavirus because of his communications style. He is the smartest man in the room, but he explains things for the novice. He is direct, even when it contradicts those in higher positions (“There will be coronavirus in the fall.”).
And, he has a sense of humor, including selecting Brad Pitt to portray him on Saturday Night Live with a funny little laugh. (Pitt did so and received an Emmy nomination for his performance – Everybody wins.)
Even in the darkest of times, he is optimistic. And he reminds us of what we need to do to stay safe.
Dr. Fauci Says…
I knew how I felt, but when I was talking to my doctor and she said, “Dr. Fauci says…” I knew that medical professionals were taking their cues from Dr. Fauci too. I’m good with that.
As Dr. Howard Baucher, editor in chief for the Journal of the American Medical Association said in a tribute video before a conference, “In the middle of a pandemic, to hold on to your values, to hold on to evidence, to be kind in the way you deliver a message…” He also said he had a “man-crush.” We all do Dr. Baucher!
Special thanks to Dr. Fauci and all of the public health experts who have been providing guidance and comfort to a nervous nation. We thank you. To health care professionals who have been providing care to the sick. We offer our prayers and our thanks. And to the scientists who have been involved in developing the life-saving vaccines. We thank you and we are in awe.
You Know What They Say, Dr. Fauci; Ask And You Shall Recieve.
Some Closing Thoughts
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