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Quotation

It would have been bad even with the best of governments. It has been an absolute chaotic disaster when that mindset — of ‘what’s in it for me’ and ‘to heck with everybody else’ — when that mindset is operationalized in our government.

— Former President Barack Obama, describing the United States’ response to the 2019-2020 coronavirus pandemic (Reuters: In leaked call, Obama describes Trump handling of virus as chaotic disaster)