This is where I disagree.
Over the last few decades, the office of the president has morphed into some sort of "Dear Leader" persona. That is not what the Founders envisioned. The Executive branch is mainly supposed to be the final stroke on legislation and a check on the Legislative branch. We, (the people) put far, far too much onus on the office of the President. The people do it, our media does it, and foreign nations and their citizens do it from afar, mainly because they don't truly understand our system of government and how it's supposed to be.
The Executive Branch, no matter who is occupying the White House is the target of all our complaints and praises when it should really be the Legislative branch that gets our ire. Over decades, as cooperation has eroded, the Legislative branch has willfully ceded their authority (and duties) to the Executive in the form of Executive Orders and decrees, and to bureaucratic agencies that operate with little oversight. This is why we as citizens experience legislative whiplash every time the Executive branch changes parties- none of these EO's are binding law. The next guy just tears up the previous guy's EO's and starts anew. This is NOT what the Founders intended. Agencies run amok passing "policy" that carries the weight of law (when it is clearly not) forcing citizens to frequently litigate against the government.
We are a Republic that still retains some vestiges of Federalism (state's rights) and we keep looking to the Federal government to solve EVERYTHING rather than solving our problems at the state and local levels. It really is foolish to think that the entire pandemic issue boils down to a single individual. You're giving that person WAY too much power, blame and/or credit.
Since everyone here seems to agree that information about the pandemic was widely available and the President sat on his ass and did nothing, do you REALLY not hold Congress and your governors responsible even to the slightest degree? When you force the Federal government to solve your problems, they tend to force one-size-fits-all legislation on the entire nation. Do you think Wyoming needs the same degree of shelter in place orders that New York City does?
I should have prefaced my response by pointing out that I did not vote for Trump in 2016. I have a lot of complaints about the way he operates, so don't think I'm here to stick up for this particular President. Rather, I'm discussing what people have come to expect from the Executive branch and it's just wrong. The President is not a king, and oligarch or a fucking super-hero. He's just a guy (or woman, someday). Hanging all your bitches and praises upon this one person is not how our government was built to function and your complaints are misplaced and I don't think you're being honest with yourself if you think some other person in the White House would have done much better or differently.
I am very pleased with the way my governor (Maryland) has handled our particular circumstances. I feel that his solutions reflect our unique situation. He was proactive and his solutions do not rely heavily on the Federal government to bail us out. He built up a substantial "rainy day" fund that we are drawing upon, he immediately activated a "reserve medical corps" and immediately began re-opening shuttered hospitals to make 6,000 more beds available. That was WEEKS ago.
Local government is better informed, more agile and faster. If ever I've seen a good case for Federalism, this is it.