Average JOE BidenPosted by Unknown Member on January 19, 2021 at 5:59 pm
46th president of the United Ststes
Irish Catholic kid from anthracite coal region of The great State of Pennsylvania The Keystone Stste
My home stste
Replacing probably the worst most divisive president in our history
Good luck Homie
MemberJanuary 20, 2021 at 4:06 am
Good luck, President Biden.
I think the AM posters here know that I was pretty strong in for Biden. I predicted he would be the nominee back in Nov 2016 and liked Harris as the VP slot.
Of the entire Dem field, the only person I preferred was Pete Buttigieg. But now, seeing Biden’s team and cabinet picks I am very, very pleased with his selection.
Let’s hope he puts the pedal to the floor on the pandemic, gets a big relief bill through, and then crams some infrastructure too so we can be look at annual 3.5% GDP by the end of 2022.
MemberJanuary 20, 2021 at 5:27 am
John Dickerson sums it up better than I ever could.
[b]Build Back Boring[/b]
It is precisely because his to-do list is so long that boredom is required. I’m using the term in the same sense as Leon Panetta, who I interviewed about the presidency a few years ago. “A rational, experienced president is going to be very, very boring, said the former defense secretary, CIA director, and White House chief of staff.
A president who tries to fit this mold might not keep the country riveted, but he will be effective. A presidency based on ratings or the trill of the news alert, by contrast, is as distinct from the vital requirements of the job as [i]The Apprentice[/i] was from the habits of effective corporate governance, or [i]The Bachelor[/i] is from nurturing relationships.
Such a presidency would return the executive branch to its role of informing the public. Briefings, charts, and a parade of forgettable public officials can explain to the citizens of the countryor, more likely, their representatives in the presswhat is being done in their name. America showed a distinct preference for this approach during the pandemic. Governors who simply laid out what they knew became heroes. Anthony Fauci inspired such blooming affection throughout the land by explaining what he knewand where hed been wrongthat people planted signs thanking him in front of their azalea bushes.
A just-the-facts-maam presidency would return to an important American tradition: Presidents are supposed to cool public passions, not inflame them. As James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 49, if a president whips up the crowd, the passions not the reason, of the public would sit in judgment. But it is the reason, alone, of the public, that ought to control and regulate the government. The passions ought to be controlled and regulated by the government.
If a president is ever to build bridges to the other party, it will not be through insults and baseless assertions that must be taken on faith. That president must help those lawmakers make a case to their constituency. The apocalyptic image of the Biden administration held by many conservatives is at least one barrier to their ability to do so. One way Biden can soften that image is to show voters who did not support him that he cares enough about what they think to seek to persuade and explain to them.
MemberJanuary 20, 2021 at 10:02 am
Joe Biden is now President of the United States.
MemberJanuary 20, 2021 at 10:54 am
Inaugural summary from the 538 live blog:
[b]Micah: [/b]Biden Inaugurated As 46th President; Harris Sworn In As First Woman Vice President
[b]Amelia:[/b] Biden Takes Office At A Moment of National Crisis
[b]Julia:[/b] Historic Inauguration Presents Democracy As A Work in Progress
[b]Nathaniel:[/b] President Calls For Unity, Vice President Makes History
[b]Kaleigh:[/b] Unity The Theme Of The Day At A Pandemic Inauguration
[b]Seth:[/b] Biden Calls For Disagreement To Not Become Disunity, Vows To Be Everyones President
[b]Geoffrey:[/b] Biden Calls For Unity And Strength In A Time Of Cascading Crises
[b]Meredith:[/b] President Biden Commits to Unifying A Divided Nation
[b]Galen:[/b] Do Words And Traditions Have The Power To Unite In The Midst Of An Uncivil War? Well Find Out.
[b]Meena:[/b] Extraordinary Times Require The Most Ordinary Inauguration
[b]Shom:[/b] A Normal Inauguration In Abnormal Times Is The Coda Into An Uncertain Future
MemberJanuary 20, 2021 at 4:32 pm
Biden already signing executive orders. 17 to be signed shortly.
Already has put a federal property mask mandate, cancelled the border wall, re-entered the Paris climate accords, extended eviction and student loan moratoriums.
MemberJanuary 20, 2021 at 9:34 pm
MemberJanuary 20, 2021 at 9:39 pm
Undefeated. The internet...🤣😭 pic.twitter.com/eFKJuXNt4w
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) January 21, 2021
MemberJanuary 21, 2021 at 5:15 pm
Heres the ultimate. COllection
Unknown MemberDeleted UserJanuary 24, 2021 at 9:13 am
Cant help but noticing the difference in leadership even though its only been a few days
Very non-chaotic and non-combative with a definite plan and transparent agenda
Very refreshing change from the last 4 years. Lets hope the experience and expertise and putting good qualified people in place will show the burn it down outsider lunatics that there is a price to pay for stupidly and incompetent leadership
MemberJanuary 24, 2021 at 9:29 am
Yes. But if you listen to Fox and the other right-wingnut media, everything is opposite. So Biden says he wants unity, but that’s reported on right-wing media as he wants division and does not like Republicans.
The right-wing media is hardening its bubble and its listeners/viewers/readers do not know anything but what they are spoon fed by these outlets which is the opposite of reality. Like a stolen election without evidence. Which of course only proves the nefarious extent of the conspiracy.
MemberJanuary 24, 2021 at 11:48 am
MemberJanuary 24, 2021 at 11:56 am
Quote from dergon
Why is Pence cleaning up the Whitehouse. He lived in the Navel Observatory.
MemberJanuary 24, 2021 at 12:53 pm
It’s not Pence. There is no fly in his hair. That’s how you know.
MemberJanuary 27, 2021 at 1:35 pm
[h1][b]Biden Rapidly Ousts Trump Loyalists[/b][/h1]
When President Biden swore in a batch of recruits for his new administration in a teleconferenced ceremony late last week, it looked like the countrys biggest Zoom call. In fact, Mr. Biden was installing roughly 1,000 high-level officials in about a quarter of all of the available political appointee jobs in the federal government, the [link=https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/27/us/politics/biden-government.html]New York Times[/link] reports.
At the same time, a far less visible transition was taking place: the quiet dismissal of holdovers from the Trump administration, who have been asked to clean out their offices immediately, whatever the eventual legal consequences.
If there has been a single defining feature of the first week of the Biden administration, it has been the blistering pace at which the new president has put his mark on what President Donald J. Trump dismissed as the hostile Deep State and tried so hard to dismantle.
MemberJanuary 28, 2021 at 5:42 am
[h1][b]Biden’s Goal: Let Americans ‘Tune Out’ the Presidency[/b][/h1]
[link=https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-first-week/2021/01/27/b98f71d8-5cd2-11eb-8bcf-3877871c819d_story.html]Washington Post[/link]: Bidens first full week in office has showcased an almost jarring departure from his predecessors chaotic style, providing the first window into a tenure whose mission is not only to remake the White House in Bidens image but to return the presidency itself to what he sees as its rightful path.
The result so far is a 9-to-5 presidency a tightly scripted burst of activity that was charted over the past few months, as Biden seeks to avoid heated conflict and stick to his plan of lowering the political temperature to a level that many Americans can tune out.
MemberJanuary 29, 2021 at 5:05 am
[h1]Did Biden Just Make Everything Normal Again?[/h1]
Eight days into his tenure, President [link=https://www.newyorker.com/tag/joe-biden]Joe Biden[/link] has not occupied my every waking thoughtnor, I suspect, yours. He has not insulted anyone, as far as Im aware. He has not played golf instead of working, or held late-night counselling sessions with cable-television anchors, or caused a rupture in our relationship with Australia. He had a friendly call with Angela Merkel, and a stern one with Vladimir Putin. He went to church on Sunday, and stopped for bagels in Georgetown. His tweets have been sparse and so anodyne that a writer for the Washington [i]Post[/i] [link=https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-first-week/2021/01/27/b98f71d8-5cd2-11eb-8bcf-3877871c819d_story.html]compared them[/link] to the sayings that come inside fortune cookies. He has returned policy wonks and message discipline to the White House. Technocrats are in; Rudy Giuliani is out.
In some ways, Biden has already fulfilled his first, and arguably most compelling, campaign promise: being the un-Trump. Just three weeks ago, the [link=https://www.newyorker.com/tag/donald-trump]former President[/link] was seeking to overturn the results of the Electoral College and exhorting a white-supremacist mob that later [link=https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/01/25/among-the-insurrectionists]stormed the Capitol[/link]. Bidens scandals so farbuying a Peloton bike, wearing an expensive Rolex watchlook to be more of the Obama-wore-a-tan-suit variety. Shrinking the Presidency back into its pre-Trump size in our collective consciousness may be the easiest part.
Even the partisan feuding that quickly erupted in Washington this week could end up being a familiar reminder of pre-Trump timeswhich were, after all, also characterized by a Democratic President calling for bipartisan unity but ending up in gridlocked dysfunction. Karl Rove is already [link=https://www.wsj.com/articles/bidens-first-week-was-a-race-to-the-left-11611787868]warning[/link] that Biden is a socialist masquerading as a centrist. [link=https://twitter.com/SenTomCotton/status/1354518684732153858]Tom Cotton[/link] is already [link=https://twitter.com/SenTomCotton/status/1354518684732153858]accusing[/link] Biden of appeasing Iran. This simply may be what normal now looks like in American politics.
MemberJanuary 29, 2021 at 12:41 pm
[link=https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/01/29/public-support-biden-executive-orders/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=wp_politics]Just how divisive are Bidens executive actions, really?[/link]
Breaking down Biden’s actions on a case-by-case basis thus far.
Most have [b]strong[/b] majority support.
The only one not on really solid ground of popular opinion is cancelling Keystone XL.
MemberJanuary 29, 2021 at 2:21 pm
Reality is beside the point.
MemberJanuary 29, 2021 at 2:40 pm
You can’t take polls that are “sort of” related and/or quite old and use them as evidence of popular support. That’s just bad journalism.
That’s even if you believe the polls are accurate – which who the heck knows these days.
That being said, DACA is likely truly popular and Keystone is likely truly unpopular. The rest is too nuanced to know how the public feels about it.
For example, I bet a majority of Americans would support transgender people in the military (the question asked) but would not support taxpayers paying for their gender re-assignment surgery while in the military (the reason Trump banned them).
As always, these things are always nuanced and each side will gloss over them to prove their own bias. Trump could have issued the same executive orders and WaPo could have refuted each one in the same wish-washy way because they’re biased and that’s what they do. Same as what Fox, national review, etc. would do the other way.
MemberJanuary 31, 2021 at 4:08 pm
[h1][b][link=https://www.axios.com/joe-biden-centrists-liberal-agenda-ac54c961-7fbb-4c96-9dae-5b572ae5827f.html]Axios[/link] — Biden Flips the Script[/b][/h1]
Joe Biden ran as a unifying centrist destined to be in conflict with activist liberals. Turns out, Biden is governing as an activist liberal constrained by centrists.
Biden has outlined the most liberal agenda in a generation.
On top of Bidens expansive agenda, add Speaker Pelosi a progressive who always wants to go big, and is thinking about her legacy and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who worries about a primary from his left.
MemberFebruary 2, 2021 at 11:21 am
[b]Bidens Agenda Is Very Popular[/b][/h1]
When asked about the 20 policies that define President Bidens agenda, more Americans support than oppose all 20 of them, according to a new [link=https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/yahoo-news-you-gov-poll-more-than-twothirds-of-americans-side-with-biden-on-covid-relief-and-most-support-the-rest-of-his-agenda-203645597.html]Yahoo News/YouGov poll[/link].
The margins are decisive. The majority of Bidens proposals garner at least twice as much support as opposition. Nearly half are favored by more than 60 percent of Americans.
Key takeaway: Of all 20 policies covered by the poll, the two most popular were the ones at the center of Bidens current COVID proposal: $2,000 relief checks (74% favor vs. 13% oppose) and increased federal funding for vaccination (69% favor vs. 17% oppose).
MemberFebruary 2, 2021 at 1:07 pm
[h1][b]Biden’s Pentagon Chief Clears Out Everyone in Order to Remove Last-Minute Trump Picks[/b][/h1]
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin dismissed hundreds of members of the Pentagons policy advisory boards Monday, ousting last-minute Trump administration nominees as well as officials appointed by previous administrations, the [link=https://www.wsj.com/articles/defense-chief-clears-out-pentagon-advisory-boards-to-oust-last-minute-trump-picks-11612289262]Wall Street Journal[/link] reports.
By removing members, effective Feb. 16, Mr. Austin avoided selectively firing those appointed by the Trump administration.
MemberFebruary 3, 2021 at 12:43 pm
[b]Biden Tells House Democrats to Go Big[/b][/h1]
President Joe Biden urged House Democrats to go big, not small on a new COVID-19 relief package and to stick together as they sell his nearly $2 trillion stimulus plan to the American people, [link=https://thehill.com/homenews/house/537129-biden-commits-to-1400-checks-in-call-to-house-democrats]The Hill[/link] reports.
Said Biden: We have to go big, not small. Every major poll shows the American people are with us.
He added: Ill have your back. I ask that you have mine.
MemberFebruary 4, 2021 at 5:48 am
It might only hold until Jan 2023 but… I’ll take it for now
[b]Biden Holds All the Cards[/b]
President Biden told[b] [/b]Republican senators he has “an open door and an open mind” on his $1.9 trillion coronavirus plan. But he already has the votes, and [link=https://www.axios.com/biden-coronavirus-relief-poll-f3008c77-8451-48be-a37e-3e2e173d6e8e.html]overwhelming support[/link] in the country.
[b]…[/b]power matters. And Biden holds all of it.
Get used to this.[b] [/b]Democrats are gleeful as they watch the media fixate on family feuds inside the GOP, while Biden pushes out executive orders and pushes through this bill on his terms.
Biden embraces the reality that[b] the two numbers that matter most to his presidency are coronavirus cases falling and economic growth rising. [/b][/QUOTE]
MemberFebruary 4, 2021 at 4:21 pm
Biden halts Trump troop withdrawal from Germany.
Biden halts US support for Saudi war against rebels in Yemen.
Biden strikes tough tone on Russia, the days of the U.S. “rolling over” to Russian President Vladimir Putin are gone.
MemberFebruary 4, 2021 at 5:55 pm
Glad to see action on Yemen. We dont see whats going on there on our news very much but Its a humanitarian catastrophe.
MemberFebruary 9, 2021 at 8:57 am
[link=https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/537982-biden-to-visit-wisconsin-in-first-official-domestic-trip]Biden to visit Wisconsin in first official domestic trip
[link=https://thehill.com/people/joe-biden]President Biden[/link] will travel to Wisconsin next Tuesday, the White House announced, in what is expected to be his first official domestic trip as commander in chief.
Biden and Vice President Harris have been using most of their public appearances to spotlight the new administrations effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic and promote the president’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan to provide relief to families and American workers.
Biden last visited the Badger State at the end of October when he delivered a campaign address to supporters in Milwaukee days before the November election. Biden went on to win Wisconsin by roughly 20,000 votes over former [link=https://thehill.com/people/donald-trump]President Trump[/link], defeating the incumbent in a state that Trump won narrowly in the 2016 election.
MemberFebruary 10, 2021 at 8:03 am
[h1]Huge Bipartisan Majority Wants Relief Package[/h1] A new [link=https://www.cbsnews.com/news/covid-economic-relief-support-opinion-poll/]CBS News/YouGov poll[/link] finds that 83% of Americans favor passing the economic relief package that Congress is considering.
Large majorities of Democrats, Republicans, and independents, as well as Americans of all income levels would approve of the stimulus bill.
Joe’s instincts are right … get it done. Some Republicans will vote yes even if they have no input into the structure and even if it is via reconciliation if it is this popular.
MemberFebruary 12, 2021 at 7:03 am
[b]Chamber of Commerce Embraces Biden[/b][/h1]
[link=https://www.politico.com/news/2021/02/12/chamber-of-commerce-biden-468820]Politico[/link]: Over the past month, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has taken a series of steps that have enraged its traditional Republican allies. It applauded much of President Joe Bidens $1.9 trillion plan to Covid relief bill; cheered Bidens decision to rejoin the Paris climate agreement; backed the former leader of the liberal Center of American Progress, Neera Tanden, for Office of Management and Budget director; and expressed openness to raising the minimum wage, though not to $15 an hour.
Thats left the Chamber, a K Street institution known for its bruising battles with past Democratic administrations, occupying an increasingly lonely political center, caught between angry Republicans who feel the trade group has abandoned them and Democrats who are pursuing policies anathema to many of their members.