New York Gov. Cuomo's Response to Coronavirus Earns Bipartisan Praise
A stressed and divided country is coming together in support of Gov. Cuomo's calming press conferences.
Among the numerous public press conferences from elected officials addressing public health concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, there has been one who's stood out: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Like many other elected officials, Cuomo has been leading daily press conferences. But because the state he oversees is so populous, and perhaps because so much media is headquartered in New York, his pressers often get national viewership on cable news outlets.
Over the course of the past week, Cuomo has been lauded for consistently presenting both a remarkably calm and yet still gravely concerning outlook on the coronavirus pandemic. His general leadership has been praised by individuals on both sides of the partisan divide.
Take, for example, Fox News co-host Melissa Francis, who tweeted that she's been enjoying her "Gov. Cuomo therapy time."
Leave me alone. I'm having my @NYGovCuomo therapy time. Come back in 15.
— Melissa Francis (@MelissaAFrancis) March 19, 2020
Even former George W. Bush Press Secretary Nicolle Wallace has gone out of her way to praise the New York Democrat, calling Cuomo's press conferences an example of what people will watch "when they study crisis leadership."
People will watch this @NYGovCuomo presser when they study crisis leadership – especially his remarks about misinformation being more dangerous than the virus
— Nicolle Wallace (@NicolleDWallace) March 19, 2020
Meanwhile, Chief Public Affairs Officer of MoveOn, Karine Jean-Pierre, tweeted that Cuomo "actually sounds like a leader."
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo actually sounds like a leader — "If you are going to be upset, be upset at me. I made these decisions."
State and local leaders/officials are the real leaders in this #CoronavirusOutbreak.
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) March 17, 2020
NPR's Scott Detrow said he's "watched a lot of governor-in-a-windbreaker emergency briefings and [Cuomo's] doing an impressive job."
These Andrew Cuomo briefings juggle a lot – new information, new orders, important context, reassurance, warnings – and give a clear message of a state government in control. I have watched a lot of governor-in-a-windbreaker emergency briefings and he's doing an impressive job.
— Scott Detrow (@scottdetrow) March 19, 2020
And author Dave Cullen tweeted that he's also "so impressed" by Cuomo.
I just watched @NYGovCuomo, and so impressed. Best part: discussion that words matter, and "shelter in place," "containment zone" etc are both panic-inducing and wrong. My 1 mini-panic in this whole thing was deBlasio's ill-advised "shelter" warning. https://t.co/2f08rlxCMy
— Dave Cullen (@DaveCullen) March 19, 2020
Vanity Fair contributing editor Maximillian Potter said Cuomo is "walking the walk of leadership."
The word "leadership" gets thrown around a lot. Lotta "leaders" talk the talk of leadership, it's ALL they do. @NYGovCuomo is walking the walk of leadership. Doing his job v well in a time of crisis. Communicating consistently & calmly; plans rooted in common sense & creativity.
— Maximillian Potter (@maxapotter) March 19, 2020
And radio personality Shannon Holly gave props to Cuomo's mother, Matilda Cuomo, former first lady of New York herself, for raising him and his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who's been covering coronavirus nonstop. "How proud their mama must be," she tweeted.
The impeccable leadership we've seen from @NYGovCuomo and the informative excellence we've seen from @ChrisCuomo makes me wonder how proud their mama must be! I'm going to need you both to take turns running for President. Seriously, thank you. #VoicesOfReason #TrueLeadership
— Shannon Holly (@Shannononair) March 19, 2020
For a light moment from the Cuomo brothers, check them out on CNN, talking about coronavirus, but also ribbing each other about who was their mom's favorite and who tended to break curfew.