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Gov. Cuomo Cancels Thanksgiving Dinner: It's Not Smart To Be With My Elderly Mother

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) announced he is changing his Thanksgiving plans at Tuesday's coronavirus press conference following a controversy.


CUOMO: I have my mother who is a senior citizen. She does not admit that she is a senior citizen. My mother somehow, became younger than me in age. I don’t know how she did that mathematical equation in her head, but you talk to her, she’s younger than I am. But she just doesn’t understand it, she just does not understand. I had to talk to her last night. She called me back this morning to go back through the same thing, “I don’t understand. You haven’t seen your sisters in a long time. You haven’t seen your nieces. You haven’t seen your nephews in a long time. I don’t understand it. I don’t understand it.” And she doesn’t understand it. This is a Thanksgiving, 89 years old, it’s never been a Thanksgiving like this in her life, but that’s the fact. And it is hard, and it’s hard to do.

And it’s so much easier just to say, “We’ll do it the way we normally do it. That’s the easy way. Come over. We’ll be careful.” It’s a mistake. It’s a mistake. I wanted to say to Mariah, “Come home.” I said to Mariah, “I’ll come pick you up.” That’s a long ride, Chicago. That’s how bad I felt. I said, “I’ll come pick you up.” But she said, “Even if I don’t take the plane, then she’s in the car with me for a number of hours.” And then she still winds up home, in front of people who she can infect.

I didn’t want to disappoint my mother. 89 years old, she’s thinking, “How many Thanksgivings do I get?” You start to think that way. It’s hard, but sometimes hard is smart.
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