Biden does not demand our attention. He does not want our “views.” He does not care about “ratios” on Twitter. He does not break into hives if his name has not trended on social media.
Biden grew up in 20th century America. He cut his teeth in an era that pre-dated the attention economy.
It is soothing to have a president who does not need eyeball and heart emojis to motivate him. I’m just gonna say it. You can tell that Biden knows how to do his job slowly. He has an attention span that has been unravaged by smartphone-induced jitters.
Biden’s campaign promise was that he would make the news boring again if he were elected. That hasn’t exactly been true internationally (hello Ukraine war!) but when it comes to Biden the news has been refreshingly dull. After an era of Trump tweets and DeSantis craziness and snappy “like”- hungry tweets from AOC it’s been nice to have a president who doesn’t constantly scream for our attention. “Pity the Bored Political Journalist” David Harsanyi snarked last April.
“Gone are the tweets that sent newsrooms scrambling.” Wrote Max Tani in Politico, “So long to the five alarm Friday news dumps that had editors frantically rearranging weekend plans. Bye-bye to the massive TV budgets for White House specials and the firehose of publishing deals for books about the administration.”
Boo hoo. The news may have loved Trump but we the average Americans are so glad we do not live under that constant stress anymore.
Biden is an old man. He has played this game for a long time. He has seen food prices go up and down. He has seen gas prices rise and fall. He has seen his wife and baby daughter die. He has seen one son succumb to a brain tumor while the other son fell into addiction. He has seen people love him, then hate him, then become indifferent to him and then vote for him again.
As long as you punch your card in and out at the end of the day and work through the mistakes while taking credit for the successes, you’ll be okay.
Biden in his own dull competent way is inspirational. It’s easy to underestimate Biden with all of his stumblings and weird jokes and out-of-touch Grandpa speeches. Bernie Sanders underestimated Biden. Trump underestimated Biden. Hell, Vladimir Putin BADLY underestimated Biden.
Don’t underestimate Biden. He’s an old man and that in and of itself is a warning to those who go against him. You don’t grow old in Washington by not knowing how the game works.
Biden knows what the American people want. What we want is to be left alone and to not have to pay attention to him. And Biden has given that to us.
Biden does not demand our attention. And that’s great.