Cuomo Jokes That People Under Ebola Quarantine Can Pass Time Reading His Book

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Andrew Cuomo, New York’s governor and foremost yogurt lover, has faced a lot of blowback over his controversial (yet rapidly softening) state Ebola-quarantine policy. But perhaps in an attempt to distract from the mounting criticism against the policy, Cuomo swiftly gifted us toward a new reason to criticize him: making a bad joke about his equally bad book.

According to the New York Times, Cuomo joked this afternoon that health-care workers returning from West Africa who may have been exposed to Ebola will have to self-quarantine themselves in their homes for 21 days, but they can simply pass the time by reading his book, All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life.

I’m asking those people who were in contact with infected people: Stay at home for 21 days. We will pay,” he said. “Enjoy your family, enjoy your friends, read a book — read my book — you don’t have to read my book, but stay at home for 21 days.”

If everyone who came into contact with Ebola took Cuomo’s advice, he’d outsell the book’s measly first-week record of 945 copies. But really, haven’t these people suffered enough?