A Pleasant Surprise: The New Joe Biden
WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden is a different man. Transformed at 78, he speaks soberly to the times that try our souls. The glibness is gone.
As the pandemic eases and the economy warms up, the president hits the right notes -- concern and competence in a crisis presidency.
"Uncle Joe" has none of former President Barack Obama's show-stopping eloquence. That's fine.
As president, Biden is reaching for higher fruit than Obama ever did. He's ending the longest war. He's going big to bridge us together on the home front -- in broadband, steel and concrete, railways, education, the grid and child care.
Call it infrastructure, reinvented. Our hurting country needs public works, jobs and investment to recover.
If Biden does raise the corporate tax rate to 28% to pay for the infrastructure package, that's a rare, fair and square win for the middle class.
That's fine, since Obama extended George W. Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy. Fairness has gotten lost in the 21st century.
Speaking to the nation in a hushed House chamber, Biden derided the mob who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 as former President Donald Trump's last stand.
Biden framed the onslaught against the Electoral College count as the worst attack on democracy since the Civil War.
"Lives were lost. Extraordinary courage was summoned. The insurrection was an existential crisis, a test of whether our democracy could survive. And it did."