TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): Joe Biden in his first live address to the country of his presidency, a very strange address, surreal at points, like the Biden presidency itself felt a little bit like a dream sequence. The first part of the president's address described the sadness of the last year. People shut out from hospitals as their loved ones died alone, people losing hope, people losing their own businesses, children not being able to go to school. a whole generation the president said, of children stunted by school closures, no sense at all of how any of this happened or who backed it. But there the president showing great empathy.
His plan consisting essentially of vaccines, vaccines, and more vaccines. By May, he said there will be enough vaccines for every person in America. The military will give you that shot. And if you take that shot, things potentially could get back to normal. No, no mention all of the people who might not want to take that shot. But the president said if you take that shot and wear your mask and listen to Dr. Fauci, it is possible, not assured, but possible that you might be able to gather in small groups with the ones you love for the Fourth of July. We might have to rescind that right. But it's possible if you're obedient, you'll get it. Who are you talking to? This is a free people. This is a free country. How dare you tell us who we can spend the Fourth of July with?
I was struck by the substance of his response to COVID, the administration's response to COVID, really is the vaccine itself. What do you make of that, as a response?
ALEX BERENSON: Well, Tucker, it's interesting. You said surreal, the word that came to my mind was “bizarro." It was a bizarro speech, in a -- in this bizarro world, where we're all still desperately afraid of the coronavirus, where cases haven't fallen 90 percent since January, and hospitalization 70 percent, where -- you know, we know exactly who is at risk from this, and how most of us are at very, very low to no risk from this.
You know, the world Joe Biden inhabits, and I guess the world a lot of his constituency inhabits is not the world that I inhabit, where my kids have seen my mother for the last year, where I get together with friends if I like, where I went to Florida, and I know many, many Americans lived this way.