IT DOESN’T take much to stand out as knowledgeable and trustworthy in the current US administration. So little competition. But Dr. Anthony Fauci has been standing out for decades now. He’s not doing anything new; we’re just now noticing.
Small wonder that his fans are legion and that there are products we can buy (come on, folks, this is America!) to show our devotion. There’s any number of T-shirts, including some with the good doctor’s famous face palm (at a coronavirus press briefing, in reaction to something President Trump said) and those that read “In Fauci We Trust,” “Team Fauci” and “I ♥ Dr. Fauci.” (There’s also a fetching face mask with the face-palm image on it.)
We’re more taken with other devotional objects, though. There is the Dr. Fauci Bobblehead Doll, above right, being produced by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. These are available for pre-order (shipping expected in July), and $5 of the $25 (some Internet pages, but not all, are now advertising the bobblehead at $59.99) cost of each bobblehead will be donated to the American Hospital Association’s Protect the Heroes campaign in support of the 100 Million Mask Challenge.
Speaking of devotional, a $15 Fauci prayer candle found on Etsy, above left, dubs Fauci the Patron Saint of Staying at Home and is offered in four colors of glass.
Clearly some Fauci fans are having fun. Photographer Shawn Dowd took a photo for the Rochester (NY) Democrat & Chronicle of the Doc Donuts being produced since mid-March by Donuts Delite, a Rochester institution. A four-pack is $10 plus shipping, which varies by state. But get this: Even the photo of the donuts taken by Dowd and published in the paper is for sale! Prints run from $8.95 for a 4×6 to $24.95 for an 11×14 . . . and you can buy the image on a mouse pad for $14.95.
And if all that isn’t sweet enough, Chouquette Chocolates, an artisanal candy company in Bethesda, Maryland, is offering Fauci Fan Club Chocolates, vanilla bean caramel with fleur de sel in a chocolate shell. A box of five pieces (mixed milk and dark, or message them if you want all of one or the other) is $15, of which $2 will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.
Those are a few other patron saints we can get behind. Perhaps while downing Fauci Spring, a beer brewed by Atlanta-based Wild Heaven brewery with açaí berries, and betting on a 2-year-old thoroughbred who made his racing debut this week (came in second at Belmont race track on Wednesday).