Words of praise for President Biden!

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021

Also, remembering Clinton: This very morning, at 7 o'clock, our landlord gave our car a jump start. After that, he followed us over to the place where cars go to get new batteries.

As he drove us back to our sprawling campus, he mentioned how well he thinks Biden is doing. In turn, we mentioned what we saw yesterday, right there on our TV set.

We happened to be watching TV when Biden staged a brief commemoration of the fact that 50 million vaccinations have been delivered. He chatted with a succession of non-famous people as they sat and received their shots. 

After that, he gave a brief pep talk about our ongoing war on the virus.

Here's what we told our landlord about what we thought we saw as we watched this brief event:

It occurred to us that Biden is delivering the best presidential leadership of our entire lifetime. His voice is perfect for the moment. So we thought yesterday, as we watched him interact with regular people, then give a simple speech.

What we thought we saw was this:

We thought we saw that President Biden knows how to like individuals. It isn't a matter of theory with him. He actually seems to like people and persons. It doesn't look like a game.

For ourselves, we're grateful for the way he's performing. This made us think, as we frequently do, of something Bill Clinton wrote.

For our money, the most instructive part of Clinton's memoir, My Life, is the passage he wrote about Arkansas' Pentecostals. At the start of the passage in question, he says he visited a certain Pentecostal  retreat every summer but one from 1977 through 1992.

“Every year I witnessed some amazing new manifestations of the Pentecostals’ faith,” Clinton writes. Then the instruction arrives.

 Arkansas' Pentecostals didn't tend to vote for Clinton. But he said he "liked and admired them:" 

CLINTON (page 251): Far more important than what I saw the Pentecostals do were the friendships I made among them. I liked and admired them because they lived their faith. They are strictly anti-abortion, but unlike some others, they will make sure that any unwanted baby, regardless of race or disability, has a loving home. They disagreed with me on abortion and gay rights, but they still followed Christ’s admonition to love their neighbors.

“Besides being true to their faith, the Pentecostals I knew were good citizens,” Clinton wrote. “They thought it was a sin not to vote.” 

After describing a compromise he reached with Pentecostal ministers about the licensing of child-care centers, Clinton concludes his rumination about this group of people—people who basically don't see things the same exact way he does:

CLINTON (page 252): Knowing the Pentecostals has enriched and changed my life. Whatever your religious views, or lack of them, seeing people live their faith in a spirit of love toward all people, not just your own, is beautiful to behold. If you ever get a chance to go to a Pentecostal service, don’t miss it.

Just a guess. The capacity to like and admire Others can play a significant role in a successful political life. "No people are uninteresting," or so Yevtushenko said.

President Biden seems to like people. Is it just our imagination, or is this helping him set an exceptional tone at this very unusual time?


32 comments:

  1. "It occurred to us that Biden is delivering the best presidential leadership of our entire lifetime."

    Ha-ha, obviously. A good one, dear Bob.

    So, we reckon, you're not bitter about zombie-media dembots refusing to discuss his dementia? Good to know.

    ...incidentally, what about that other fella you admire for uttering some words written for him, in all likelihood, by MI6 analysts, Mr Navalny? Have you watched the video where he calls the Muslims 'cockroaches'?

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    1. uh-oh, oh dear, etc - I can see how TDH's post would get a rise out of you (though, admittedly, all his posts do that, just like with some of his other demented critics who are always posting here, but from a different angle). But What's this about Biden's "dementia?" - any actual proof? News to me.

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    2. During an unscheduled Saturday trip to Walter Reed during the second half of his presidency Trump was subjected to a mental status exam in which he was among other things asked to identify the silhouettes of zoo animals. “Why, that’s a giraffe!!” “ Nice work, Mr. President! Looks like you’re fit for office after all! We were all betting you’d get that one wrong!”.

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    3. So enough out of you, clown.

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    4. Somerby would like us to try to understand the inhabitants of “your town”. No need here. Your mental status as exemplified by your postings is the equivalent of a random collection of double wides with stray dogs and rotted out Chevys in the yard. Until you can learn how to post something of merit, you know, that requires thought, you and your town will remain strictly flyover country.

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    5. Incidentally, no need to worry about a Trump second term. If he has escaped jail time, by 2024 he will be so far into his dementia that pointing him in the direction of an abandoned White Castle should suffice.

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  2. "Just a guess. The capacity to like and admire Others can play a significant role in a successful political life. "

    Clinton didn't become a Pentecostal simply because he liked them. He didn't change his political views either. He sought compromise because he was the Governor of all of the people in the state of Arkansas.

    Trump never behaved as President of all of the American people. He showed favoritism toward red states and punished blue states, especially ones like California who opposed his actions.

    Part of Biden's liking for everyone is the gregariousness of an extrovert, much like Clinton's responses to people. Some of it may arise from his own religious beliefs. But Biden also believes himself to be President of the entire nation, not just the blue parts. He deserves credit not simply for his personality but for his commitment to American democratic ideals that were neglected in the previous administration. It is an insult to Biden to ignore that aspect of his presidency and only notice his demeanor.

    I have many friends who are Trump supporters. We don't discuss politics and get along as well as previously. One need not support, accept, acknowledge, condone, or in any way discuss any aspect of The Other's politics in order to treat them well as people. There are, however, many Trump supporters who do not feel the same way and who cannot seem to be civil to anyone who doesn't feel the same as they do politically. And there is no circumstance where I will be friendly toward someone who drives a car into a street protest, expresses rabid bigotry that it is hurtful to others, ignores the rights of others to vote and participate fully in our society, or waves guns in people's faces in an attempt to terrorize the unarmed. These things are nothing like how Pentecostals behave and we do not need to tolerate or understand people who act that way.

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  3. Once again, Somerby is attributing aspects of behavior that arise from purpose and intent to personality. Just as Trump was excused for being a sociopath, now Biden gets no credit because he is just a naturally nice guy.

    This is damning Biden with faint praise. In his bio, Clinton explained that he learned about getting to know people from his political mentor, Fulbright. If Clinton visit Pentecostals, it was because he learned to do so from someone he admired. It was deliberate, not accidental.

    When Biden makes time to interact with people, whether to commemorate the vaccine or to mourn the half million who have died, it is also deliberate, intentional, not accidental. It is part of being a good president, not part of having a good personality.

    When the Clintons moved to Chappaqua at the end of Bill's presidency, Hillary decided to run for the senate. Her first act was to spend months driving the backroads of upstate NY getting to know all of the people in the state, listening to them talk about their needs, problems, opinions and interests. She called it her Listening Tour. It is the same as what Bill Clinton did while Governor and she learned it from him. THAT is how she made contact with her constituents and won her senatorial race, which was contested. This is the way politics used to happen before social media and TV ads.

    Somerby is pretending this is something new or unique to Biden, but it is Trump who was the outlier, the person who failed to engage in normal campaigning, because of his disinterest in people. Without having an interest in serving the people, there is no reason to become a politician other than motives you don't want to see in an elected official (greed, narcissism, desire for power, eccentric or self-serving personal goals).

    The qualities Somerby is just now noticing were all visible before the election, but for some reason Somerby never saw fit to mention them. Too busy excusing Trump.

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    1. She only won because she was married to Bill Clinton. End of story.

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    2. That's what I said -- he taught her how to do the same kind of listening that got him elected. But she did the work.

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    3. Would anyone have voted for Bill Clinton if his wife hadn't stuck with him after those Gennifer Flowers accusations?

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    4. Hillary Clinton was only successful as a politician because she was married to Bill. Because she used some of his tactics has nothing to do with it. Had any woman stood by him in 1992, the results would be the same in the Flowers case. It took nothing special from Hillary. One must really speak slowly with some of you people. Hillary Clinton was only successful in politics because she was married to Bill Clinton. She wasn't that great and now is a tiny footnote in history. It's no big deal. Get over it.

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    5. Oddly, Bill Clinton didn't marry just any woman. He married Hillary, most likely for her ability to help him in politics since he was already on that path, as was she.

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    6. Yes. Smart lady, choc full of ambition and brains.

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    7. But a presidential run for her is 100% out of the question without her marriage. Plainly.

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    8. It is for him without his marriage to her too.

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    9. The last bachelor president was James Buchanan, 1857-61.

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      Maybe.
      Not in the same way Trump's run for the Presidency was 100 percent white supremacy, though.

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  4. Hard to believe it's been 9 years since George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin.

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    1. He was found not guilty after a jury trial. How is it you know he committed "murder?" You can find a summary of the evidence of the case on wikipedia. One thing - there was a disinterested witness who testified that he saw Martin straddled on top of Zimmerman, punching him. You have no idea what happened. It's stupid to make an assertion like you just did.

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      It's a fact.

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  5. Democrats need to appeal more to people's awareness that the system is structured against them.

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  7. This has to be a joke.

    Biden is cheap, ignorant, and clouted.

    Biden called students seeking debt relief elitists.

    Biden's white house spent more effort putting a crony (Neera) into office than working on minimum wage and improving the stimulus.

    He knows how to block change like good center-right liberals have always done. He knows how to make it seem like he's pulling out all the stops for you while not delivering.

    Bob I'm disappointed in you for falling for his church act.

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    1. The amount of time the Biden team logged in on Neera vs min wage vs stimulus was how many hours, for the record? I haven’t seen the numbers you claim to be privy to.

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    2. Correction: “The amount of effort....” , still apparently quantifiable. You must be some kind of insider.

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