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Gov. Andrew Cuomo's inspiring words on the fight against COVID-19 is what America needs right now

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is quickly proving himself to be the voice of leadership America needs and deserves at the moment.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's inspiring words on the fight against COVID-19 is what America needs right now
Image Source: NY Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to the media at the Javits Convention Center which is being turned into a hospital to help fight coronavirus cases on March 24, 2020, in NYC. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

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.


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.


"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.


"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. 


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.


"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."


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