Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News Editorials & Other Articles General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search
Joe BidenCongratulations to our presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden!
 

peggysue2

(11,042 posts)
Sun Aug 11, 2019, 02:12 PM Aug 2019

The Value of a Consoler-in-Chief

The Hill has an Op-Ed up today that clearly explains the reason Joe Biden is a favored candidate, particularly in light of the events in El Paso and Dayton. Excerpt below:

For all his faults, Biden has two great strengths. He has plenty of experience, which is important but not valued in this cycle. He also exudes empathy, which is in great demand because so many Americans are in such great pain.

The nation is so polarized and, in such anguish, that Biden's ability to relate to people is a great asset. Many Americans value Biden as the only candidate in the race who has the personal feel to comfort Americans and bring them together again.

People will need an empathetic president because it will take years to heal the divisions facing the United States after four years of Trump. A Consoler in Chief like Biden is the perfect antidote to a Divider in Chief like Trump. After tragedies like the mass murders in El Paso and Dayton, Biden can go on national TV and begin the healing process; something Trump can't or won't do.



The writer refers to Biden's speech last week that was on-point and impacted a large number of Americans, even Joe's critics. The piece also underscores the report from Iowa describing Biden's unique ability of connecting with people, offering the comfort that he's so well known for and the positive response ordinary people have to that empathetic interaction. With Trump squatting in the White House, we've forgotten what solace and comfort looks like. Joe Biden offers a strong reminder, an antidote to the hate.

Good on on Joe!

https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/457027-consoler-in-chief-like-biden-is-the-perfect-antidote-to-a-divider-in-chief

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
16 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
 

highplainsdem

(49,903 posts)
1. K&R! Thanks for posting this! And yes, Biden IS the perfect antidote to Trump.
Sun Aug 11, 2019, 02:17 PM
Aug 2019
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

peggysue2

(11,042 posts)
6. Thanks, highplainsdem!
Sun Aug 11, 2019, 02:45 PM
Aug 2019

Biden is the perfect antidote.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Turbineguy

(37,756 posts)
2. I think it's bizarre
Sun Aug 11, 2019, 02:17 PM
Aug 2019

to expect trump to console people in shoot-ups he caused. Why would he do that?

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

peggysue2

(11,042 posts)
7. Don't think many expect Trump to take on the role
Sun Aug 11, 2019, 02:48 PM
Aug 2019

At this point in time most understand that Donald Trump would not and could not offer consolation. It's simply not in the man or any other malignant narcissist.

But the doesn't stop the genuine yearning from a weary, traumatized public.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Sherman A1

(38,958 posts)
3. I liked this presentation
Sun Aug 11, 2019, 02:19 PM
Aug 2019

Start at about the 8 minute mark if you don't want to do the entire 20 minutes.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/1287235063

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Undecided
 

peggysue2

(11,042 posts)
9. Yeah, I think Yang's a good guy
Sun Aug 11, 2019, 02:57 PM
Aug 2019

And his emotions appear absolutely genuine in the clip. I suspect one of the hardest parts of being a candidate is listening to these tragic stories because there are so many. You include children in the mix and it would be doubly hard.

Unless you're Donald Trump, of course. Turning a tragic event into a photo-op, grinning, thumbs up while your wife holds the baby of two slaughtered parents. That takes the cake for despicable reactions.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Autumn

(45,332 posts)
4. I have no interest in voting for someone to console me. I would rather vote for
Sun Aug 11, 2019, 02:36 PM
Aug 2019

someone who plans to stop all these ugly things. If I need consoling I have family and friends for that.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Undecided
 

peggysue2

(11,042 posts)
5. Your opinion, not mine or the majority of Americans
Sun Aug 11, 2019, 02:43 PM
Aug 2019

As the piece points out, consoling the Nation in moments of crisis and grief is part of POTUS's role. Traditionally speaking, that is. Bill Clinton was a master at this sort of thing. But even Reagan and GW managed to bring Americans together after national catastrophes and tragedies. It's the human part of the President's role. Something Trump is simply incapable of doing.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Autumn

(45,332 posts)
8. Yes it is an opinion. Mine, just as yours is an opinion. I think your "the majority of Americans"
Sun Aug 11, 2019, 02:54 PM
Aug 2019

part is quite the stretch. Consoling the nation in moments of crisis and grief is not a sound basis to elect a president. Trump will be gone, a Democratic president will work on sound policy preventing national catastrophes and tragedies.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Undecided
 

peggysue2

(11,042 posts)
10. I never said it was the only grounds for electing a president
Sun Aug 11, 2019, 03:06 PM
Aug 2019

But it is an important, expected function. And regardless of what policies we put into place, there will always be natural catastrophe and personal tragedy. We can certainly reduce the number but we cannot eliminate them altogether. When those incidents happen on a national scale, the public yearns for reassurance which is quite evident with the blowback we've witnessed after El Paso and Dayton.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Gothmog

(148,695 posts)
11. This is one of Biden's best speeches on grief
Tue Aug 13, 2019, 04:50 PM
Aug 2019
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Cha

(300,279 posts)
13. Love the postitive reviews on
Wed Aug 14, 2019, 02:22 AM
Aug 2019

Joe Biden.. Mahalo, Peggysue!

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Gothmog

(148,695 posts)
14. We need a POTUS who has compassion and empathy
Wed Aug 14, 2019, 06:39 PM
Aug 2019
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

Cha

(300,279 posts)
15. Yes! With executive experience
Wed Aug 14, 2019, 06:41 PM
Aug 2019

and Joe Biden's knowledge and qualifications!:candle

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
 

peggysue2

(11,042 posts)
16. Back at you, Cha!
Wed Aug 14, 2019, 07:19 PM
Aug 2019

The ability to comfort and empathize is definitely a Biden strength. Add his hands-on experience, the knowledge gathered over years and Biden is the most accomplished candidate with a proven skillset. Joe Biden will hit the ground running on Day 1.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
Latest Discussions»Retired Forums»Democratic Primaries»The Value of a Consoler-i...