Is Joe Biden Not Angry Enough? – President Joe Biden often puts on a smile and will joke about being “Jill Biden’s husband,” but he’s also known to have quite the temper.
Reports have circulated how he will routinely yell at White House staffers to the point that no one wants to talk to the commander-in-chief alone.
Biden’s anger can also be also directed towards members of the press when he is asked a question he doesn’t like. That fact isn’t surprising, in part because throughout much of his time in public office Biden represented the deep blue state of Delaware. His senate races were largely unopposed and Biden worked on crafting an image that he was a nice guy who rode the train home nightly to see his family.
Yet, perhaps Biden isn’t angry enough.
That’s the opinion of Toronto-based Andrew Mitrovica, political columnist for Al Jazeera, who wrote “For far too long, Biden has tried – in public – to appear ‘presidential.’ That won’t work in 2024.”
Mitrovica argued in his column on Monday that former President Donald Trump has his seething anger, which has been channeled with “ignorance, intolerance and indecency into a stubborn and potent political force,” while “Attempts to mollify or cajole Trump’s supporters out of their evangelical stupor – through appeals to reason and decency – have failed. They are beyond reach, consumed by conspiracy theories, wedded to fanaticism, fuelled by grievances, married to bigotry and convinced of their absolute righteousness.”
The argument here is that Biden must do more than rely on the “comforting illusion that reasonable Americans will opt for stability over volatility in 2024,” while Mitrovica further suggested that Biden should return to Independence Hall in Philadelphia to speak again about the “battle for the soul of the nation.”
That is essentially the view of a Canadian writer for a Middle Eastern news outlet. Of course, Mitrovica also noted, “I have no experience in helping to run a presidential campaign in any way. Zilch. Nada. Zippo.”
As noted by this reporter, Biden has been called out by the mainstream American media for being too angry. Moreover, his “soul of the nation” speech didn’t win over MAGA voters, it emboldened them. Republicans blasted the president as a “divider-in-chief” after the primetime address – and it was suggested that Biden simply sought to demonize his political opponents.
So much for “when they go low, we go higher.”
Biden simply went low, and the Canadian author appears to suggest that going lower is key to winning. Even if that were a winning strategy, wouldn’t it only further divide the country?
Of course, the opinion was coming from a Canadian reporter who routinely criticizes Israel and even pondered in another column, ” My quandary: Is the US worth visiting any more?” He wrote, “There is the angry, seething and scarred America where guns, hate and extremism are everywhere – ready, on a hair-trigger, to explode into violence and mayhem.”
It is easy to see why Americans are viewed as angry. Our nation is deeply divided, inflation remains a concern, and we’re all too quick to attack the other side.
Of course, we’re not alone in being so angry.
One only needs to look at the riots in France, the recent fighting in Israel, the propagandists on Russian state media, and the Chinese saber-rattling to see that anger is sadly all too universal today.
But as far as Joe Biden goes, he’s angry enough already.
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