You might need observed that Donald Trump — who made his title by actually splashing it throughout condo blocks, lodges, airliners, steaks and just about anything that may very well be bought — was not the humblest president in US historical past. He was endlessly boasting about how good he was, awarding himself A grades for his typically-questionable efficiency — as an example, on the pandemic — and boasting falsely that no president earlier than him had achieved what he did.
Joe Biden is simply the other. In a transparent response to the Trump years, he is made the presidency much less noisy and a focus-grabbing.
Of course, Biden is aware of what he is doing. Making out that he is similar to another American is nice politics. He’s following a way that he is lengthy used on the marketing campaign path to burnish his atypical Joe picture. He’s utilizing modesty as a political weapon, and the truth that he isn’t personally objectionable creates an aura of moderation though a few of his social coverage plans are fairly radical.
“The first time I walked downstairs and they played ‘Hail to the Chief,’ I wondered, ‘Where is he?’ No, you think I’m kidding. I’m not kidding.”
“It’s a great tune, but … you feel a little self-conscious,” the President added.
The Republican reversal on vaccines
Biden calls it the Republican Party’s altar name.
One of the highest individuals within the House Republican management, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, took the plunge and went to TV to induce viewers to do the identical after ready months to get his dose. This got here after some members of Scalise’s House caucus in contrast Biden to a Nazi as a result of he despatched groups into laborious-hit states to plead with individuals to get the life-saving photographs.
It’s all the time doable — although admittedly unfathomable in Washington — that individuals are merely, lastly, doing the suitable factor. More possible, there is a realization that it is not good politics or enterprise for the Republican Party or Fox to see its viewers getting sick and dying.
Almost all the states with the bottom vaccination charges and highest new case numbers in a summer time surge of Covid-19 fueled by the Delta variant are Republican-run. Hospitals throughout Trump nation are filling up. There are tales from medical doctors and nurses of sufferers pleading for vaccines on their demise beds, when it’s too late.