As I think I have written before, my wife and I asked our kids, young adults but still kids in my eyes, who they wanted us to vote for in the primary. Their candidate, Elizabeth Warren, so that is the button we pushed.
Unfortunately, Ms. Warren came in fifth in the South Carolina Democratic Primary behind Biden, Sanders, Steyer and Buttigieg. Since that fateful Saturday Steyer and Buttigieg have dropped out of the race as well as Amy Klobuchar and Mike Bloomberg leaving Biden, Sanders and Warren to duke it out. I know there are a few others but again, I don’t count Tulsi Gabbard. If she isn’t a Russian asset she sure talks like one.
Both my kids see Joe Biden as just more of the same of what Washington is filled to the brim with, another old white guy who is seemingly part of the “establishment”. I get, I really do. But I relayed this story to them this morning about Joe Biden and I hope it will help change their minds or at the very least calm their fears.
After voting Saturday my wife and I headed over to a local restaurant to eat breakfast. Listening to MSNBC on the way over we heard that Joe Biden was at a community center literally a 10-minute walk from where we were eating. An MSNBC reporters’ microphone was picking-up all the excited chatter between Biden and the people there to greet him when Joe told someone to “Watch your step there is a curb behind you”.
I thought about that statement all week, “Watch your step there is a curb behind you”. Those were the words of a concerned, attentive human being. A man that is a son, a brother, a father, and a grandfather. Words from a man who has experienced great tragedies in his life. You may know that Biden lost his wife and one-year-old daughter in a car wreck in 1972. His two young sons survived, but then in 2015 his son Beau died of brain cancer. Joe wanted to run for President in 2016 which would have made the most sense, and certainly would have been his best chance of winning riding Obama’s coattails into the White House but he didn’t, he couldn’t. The death of his son shook him, shook his family. As a father I understood that.
And as they say the rest is history, Hillary is nominated, Trump beats her and that’s where we are today. Would Biden have beaten Trump in 2016? Probably. I even think the Bernie supporters who wouldn’t and didn’t vote for Hillary would have voted for Biden. Certainly, the African American community who stayed home rather than voting for Hillary would have supported Joe, probably would have pushed him over the top. But none of that happened and that’s why we got stuck with the orange dumbass.
The President’s primary job is to set the tone for the rest of the country to follow and I believe Biden will certainly set a much kinder, gentler and empathic tone for us than the current occupant can provide or is even capable of providing. Can you imagine Trump telling someone “Watch your step there is a curb behind you”? No, he wouldn’t do that, in fact he would probably laugh at them if they fell particularly if that person was a CNN reporter. That is just the kind of dick that he is.