Abmittedly, Biden is a somewhat boring president, which is needed at this timeWith the last "so-called" president, everything was all about him and how supposedly wonderful he was.
Like a daily train wreck, just about every day he grabbed the headlines with whatever ridiculous thing he did or said, many times early in the morning on Twitter. Media and comedians had a field day, every day. Everyone was focused on that, rather than the actual harm he did to his supporters and the country behind the scenes.
Thankfully, Joe Biden is not like that. He's much more stable and competent. He's actually getting major things done, rather than insulting sports players & actresses, or paying off a porn star, and promising to get things done and then never delivering.
Today from USA Today;
Biden is a boring president. That's OK because he's also a competent leader.
Mon, November 29, 2021, 8:28 AM
When President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping ended their 3 1/2 hour video conversation this month, many headlines and instant analyses focused on the fact that there were no major breakthroughs announced in the relationship.
Politico’s Phelim Kine wrote, “President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping telegraphed low expectations for their non-summit ... and in that they delivered.” CNN led with the fact that the event produced no major breakthroughs and added that Beijing had already declared victory.
Administration spokespeople had repeatedly briefed the news media that breakthroughs were not the purpose of the event. Indeed, the purpose of the meeting was to establish a cordial, open, candid leaders' dialogue at the center of the most important bilateral relationship in the world.
Not only is that a big deal in its own right, but given the complex, often fraught nature of the U.S.-China ties, such meetings that produce less heat and more light are just what the relationship needs.
The benefits of boring foreign policy
Yet any praise was grudging and faint (even as some areas of progress were announced) and the majority of the coverage of the event hinted at disappointment. You could almost feel the reporters longing for a leader who sent foreign tyrants love letters or who shocked the world by taking the Russian president’s views over those of his own intelligence community.
Neglected in much of the coverage was the fact that sometimes, foreign policy is about process and workaday exchanges that do not and are not intended to produce headlines. In fact, in foreign policy, boring is often good. This is true more broadly, in fact, about governing.
What is important or valuable is not often what makes the best television or produces the most clicks on the internet. Sometimes the best work our leaders do is dull or slow or complicated, too nuanced or arcane to produce 64-point headlines or “Breaking News” chyrons. In this, presidents are a lot like airline pilots. While hired because they can handle emergencies when they arise, often when we notice them least they are doing their best work.
Big complex bills on infrastructure or social programs, even if they touch millions of lives, even if they are unprecedented in their scale and scope, are in many ways drier and harder to make exciting than orders banning people from America because of their religion or calls to build alligator-filled moats at the southern border. When Biden was out selling his Build Back Better vision this summer, he himself called his detailed speeches ticking off all that was in the packages “boring.”
Being boringly competent is a description that has followed Biden from the campaign throughout the past two years. In the Los Angeles Times it was asserted that “boring is his superpower.”...
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