Anthony Fauci, the outgoing director for N.I.H.’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, became the face of the U.S. government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As it happens, it’s a face Fauci is quite fond of.
According to a revealing story in the New York Times about Fauci’s can’t-come-soon-enough retirement, Fauci, the highest paid federal employee, has decorated his house with portraits of himself.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg writes in the NY Times, “The walls in Dr. Anthony S. Fauci’s home office are adorned with portraits of him, drawn and painted by some of his many fans.”
So magnanimous is Dr. Fauci that he revealed to the reporter that he had some trepidations about sharing his bizarrely decorated home with the public.
She writes, “Dr. Fauci seemed a little uncomfortable with people knowing about the pictures. He said that previously, when they were captured on camera, the “far right” attacked him as an ‘egomaniac.'”
Fauci wasn’t able to say much about what the future holds for the man who purports to be Science personified, but wherever he goes, it’s bound to be lucrative.
According to OpenTheBooks.com, a non-profit focused on government transparency, Fauci’s household wealth grew by $5 million during the pandemic years.