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Is Biden Boring?

Susan Estrich on

He has been in office for just two months. In that time, he has gotten a $1.9 trillion bill through Congress, a bill that will put $1,400 in the hands of many Trump voters. He has restored our relationship with Europe. We are once again signers of the Paris Agreement. He has strengthened our relationship with the democracies in Southeast Asia that are most threatened by China.

And he's curing COVID.

Of course, I know that scientists developed the vaccines; it was a moonshot that former President Trump believed in. And what a coincidence that the vaccine announcement came 10 days after the election and not 10 days before.

My whole family is vaccinated. None of us are going to get COVID-19 and lie alone in an ICU somewhere between life and death. Across the country, my friends and loved ones report in: first Moderna, second Pfizer, third the one-shot Johnson & Johnson. The fear that we have been carrying for a year is suddenly gone. You can see the future. Things are finally getting better. Thanks, Uncle Joe. We called him that 30-some years ago because he was the kind of man to whom you knew you could always take a problem.

Dr. Jill Biden is a star in her own right, a first lady with a job, who feels real in ways Melania Trump never did. One juicy tidbit was that the Trumps apparently didn't share a bedroom in the White House.

President Biden has nominated for positions an amazing array of men and women who have in common that they know what they're doing. I'm proud to see friends and former students -- outstanding people -- among them. Biden has liberated our favorite Dr. Anthony Fauci in entirely reversing the White House's stance on masks; it's not a matter of choice anymore.

 

What's boring about that?

Nothing. And that's the point. He is being the president everyone expected him to be, for better (in my view) or for worse (the Trumpers).

You may disagree with him. But it is hard to hate him.

What would you hate about him?

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