New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is quickly proving himself to be the voice of leadership America needs and deserves at the moment.
The coronavirus pandemic has left the world shaken to the core as countries go into a complete lockdown to curb the spread of the virus. As we face burning questions about the livelihood of billions of people, the crisis' impact on the economy, healthcare, and how we'll remold the world in the wake of this outbreak, we are in dire need of able leaders now more than ever. While some have failed to hold up to their titles and their extravagant promises, others have risen to the occasion and emerged the heroes of the hour. One such force to be reckoned with at the moment is New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo—who is quickly proving himself to be the voice of leadership America needs and deserves.
The 62-year-old's daily briefings—empathetic, articulate, factual, and consistent—have now become must-watch television for many Americans and members of both the Democratic and Republican parties. His handling of the ongoing crisis in New York, which is quickly becoming the epicenter of the outbreak in America, has been awe-inspiring to say the least. Despite the dire situation in the state, the governor doesn't downplay the state of affairs and neither does he make promises he cannot deliver. Yet, he is now a source of comfort and strength for his people.
We are going to fight every way we can to save every life that we can.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 25, 2020
That’s what it means to be an American and that’s what it means to be a New Yorker. pic.twitter.com/1cREWGx9t9
During his daily press briefing on the coronavirus on Tuesday morning, Cuomo addressed the rapid increase in cases, ventilator shortages, and showed no reservations in calling out the White House for its unimpressive response to the crisis. However, according to CNN, before taking questions the governor spoke a few words on why we still need to keep our spirits and hopes up. "And we're going to get through it because we are New York, and because we've dealt with a lot of things, and because we are smart. You have to be smart to make it in New York," he said.
"In the midst of a pandemic, Americans need real leadership -- and the New York governor has risen to the occasion. In the face of a feckless, reckless president spreading disinformation by the day, Cuomo has stepped up" | @JillFilipovic for @CNNOpinion https://t.co/VDZLumfS1t— CNN (@CNN) March 25, 2020
"And we are resourceful, and we are showing how resourceful we are. And because we are united, and when you are united, there is nothing you can't do. And because we are New York tough. We are tough. You have to be tough. This place makes you tough. But it makes you tough in a good way. We're going to make it because I love New York, and I love New York because New York loves you," Cuomo continued.
I know I’m not the first to say it, & I know he’s not perfect, but it is so sad to hear Andrew Cuomo talk and feel “oh yeah that’s what competence and the ability to govern looks and sounds like”— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) March 25, 2020
"New York loves all of you. Black and white and brown and Asian and short and tall and gay and straight. New York loves everyone. That's why I love New York. It always has, it always will. And at the end of the day, my friends, even if it is a long day, and this is a long day, love wins. Always. And it will win again through this virus. Thank you," he concluded.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered hope in his most emotional coronavirus press conference yet: "Love wins. Always. And it will again through this virus." https://t.co/fQGsQGT4qu pic.twitter.com/j4eTDCKzm5— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 25, 2020
Cuomo's inspiring leadership during these difficult times has fostered a nationwide following many including presidential hopeful Joe Biden praising the father-of-three. However, the governor himself doesn't think this renewed focus on him is the result of any new political tactic. "I’m not doing anything different than I have ever done. It’s just a bigger audience. And it’s a more intense time," he said in an interview on Monday, reports The New York Times. Even the President himself has taken notice of the New York governor, with his team scheduling his appearances in the afternoon without interfering with Cuomo's now-popular briefings.
Let Andrew Cuomo speak for America, not Trump- yes please!!!! https://t.co/6qatvrZuPR— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) March 25, 2020
"He represents the kind of leadership we should have in the presidency and don’t," Representative Jackie Speier—a California Democrat—said of Cuomo, adding that her West Coast constituents are praising the governor. "His stock has gone way up."
"You can't sacrifice human life to get the stock market up."— ABC News (@ABC) March 25, 2020
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo tells @ABC there is a way to balance the economy and contain COVID-19, but says, "There is no dollar figure on human life in this country, and there never should be." https://t.co/rTpBuckYBK pic.twitter.com/WT79dDCWrE