This brief biography takes readers on a journey from President elect Joe Biden‘s early years to the his current life as the future 46th President of the United States. Osnos describes the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, both personally and professionally. His story is that of a man who has not only thrived in spite of everything that makes him human.
I really loved this book. I loved it because it tells Biden’s story in a way that is down to earth, readable, and sweetly brief. If nothing else, it is a reminder why America made the right choice.
Until recently, most Americans had not heard of the GSA (General Services Administration). Their job, in a nutshell, is to assist and provide for the basic functions of federal agencies. This includes opening the doors to an incoming Presidential administration and supplying access to the materials and funds they need to do their jobs.
The administrator of the GSA is Emily Murphy. For weeks, she has been avoiding the obvious result of the election. Yesterday, she finally informed President-elect Joe Biden that the current administration is ready to start the transition process.
What took the GSA and Emily Murphy so long? Are they so afraid of you know who (like so many in our government these days), that they put their careers ahead of the needs of the country? Or, have they finally seen the light and understood that to be on the right side of history, they can no longer hide from the truth?
Either way, there will be a shadow cast upon the GSA for years to come. I don’t envy those who will one day have Murphy’s job.
Back in September, I wrote a Flashback Friday post about the 2005 History Channel documentary, The Plague.
There is a specific segment that sticks out in my mind, given our present status. While the poor and working classes in the cities got sick and died by the thousands, the upper classes escaped to their country estates. They though they would be able to ride out the storm and stay alive. How wrong they were.
Among the millions of Americans who have been infected by Covid-19, there is one more name to add to the list. The oldest son of you know who.
Karma is a delightful bitch.
I wouldn’t wish this virus on anyone. But knowing that he has is a reminder that no one is safe. We need a national plan than is cohesive and followed across the nation. That is why we need Joe Biden in office. We will never return to some version of normal if he is not able to do the job we elected him to do.
Learning to lose graciously is part of growing up. Most of us accept that by a certain age, we will have to admit that not everything in life is winnable.
We are several weeks out from the Presidential election. At this point, the results should be old news. The focus should be the peaceful transition from the current administration to the new administration. But, thanks the antics and false claims of voter fraud by you know who, the nation and the world is unable to move forward.
Enter Randy Rainbow’s new video, Don’t Tell Donald He’s NOT RE-ELECTED TODAY! – Randy Rainbow Parody. Using the song Getting Married Today from the musical Company, the video mocks the futile attempts to ignore the voice of the voting public.
What I love about this video is that in addition to the usual delicious satire, there is a feeling of rejoicing. We all know that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the election. It’s time to let them do their job and show you know who the door.
The following scenario is one that any parent is all too familiar with:
A parent walks into a toy store with their child. The intention is choose a birthday present for perhaps their child’s friend or classmate. The child sees a toy that they want. The parent tells their child no. That child proceeds to take a tantrum, which garners the attention of both store employees and other customers. The parent has two choices.
Choice #1 is to buy that second toy and stop the tantrum. However, if the parent does this, their child will learn that they can get what they want if they make a spectacle. Choice #2 is that they walk out buying nothing. Outside of the store, the parent makes it clear to their child that such behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
Unfortunately, this scenario is limited to the parent and their screaming child. It is not a stretch to change the players to adults. In this case, the child taking the tantrum is you know who. The parent is his supporters and yes-people. In a normal year, their appeasement of him would be troubling.
But, as we all know, our present situation is not normal. What those around him should be doing is forcing him to focus on the Covid-19 crisis, instead of blindly agreeing to political spectacle he is making.
There is a reason why Joe Biden was elected. It’s time to honor that choice and move forward. How many more Americans will die before we realize that?
When we are children, we are hopefully taught that we cannot always be the winner. Sometimes, we have to be the loser. I would think, that by the time we grow up, we accept this fact and lose with grace and maturity.
As the American public (and the world at large) has learned that you know who believes that he must always be the winner. Any other outcome is unacceptable and impossible.
The unacceptable and the impossible happened on Saturday when Joe Biden was declared the winner of the Presidential election. As expected, there have been a flurry of baseless lawsuits stating voter fraud. What is worse, there are some Republicans and members of the Presidential staff who perpetuate this claim.
I don’t know what is worse, the spoiled man-child who sits in the Oval Office or those around him who allow him to live in this fantasy world. Once again, it proves that they are more concerned with soothing his fragile ego rather than doing what is best for the country.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the election fair and square. For the good of the country and our future, it is time to accept the truth and move on.
At the end of the day, a civil servant, regardless of their job title, works for the people. We, the American people, pay for their salaries and benefits. For certain jobs, we decide who to hire and/or fire via elections.
Attorney GeneralWilliam Barr has forgotten this. After it was announced that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the election, you know who’s campaign not surprisingly claimed that there was voter fraud. There is of course, no hard evidence to prove that the accusations are legitimate.
But that did not stop his allies from stating otherwise. Among them is Attorney General Barr. Using his position, he has directed the DOJ to investigate if these statements hold water.
What bothers me is that Barr has forgotten who he works for. Though he is directly responsible to POTUS, he is not supposed to act as POTUS’s personal lawyer. The job of Attorney General is to be the country’s lawyer. That fact that Barr and many others have either forgotten or have chosen to turn their back on their responsibilities to the American people is at the very least, disturbing.
Politics aside, the reason I voted for the Democratic ticket is that both Biden and Harris understand who they work for. Neither are perfect (no one is), but their personal needs are not number one of the list if priorities. The needs of the nation are and will (hopefully) always be number one.
P.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper was fired yesterday by you know who. I wonder how many heads will roll before January 20th. If I was a betting woman, I would say that his will not be last on the chopping block.
For generations, Americans have believed that our democracy was set in stone. Our basic rights, the political and cultural cornerstone of our nation was untouchable. Then you know who was elected President four years ago and it looked the American democracy was on shaky ground.
The anniversary of Kristallnacht is tomorrow and Tuesday. It was the unofficial beginning of the Holocaust. It was also a sign that dignity, democracy and humanity no longer existed in Germany.
Thankfully, Americans have shown our democracy and our freedoms are worth fighting for. In electing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, we have perhaps avoided the path that led the to Kristallnacht and the Holocaust. But that does not mean that we can rest on our laurels. There is still much more work to be done before we can be the country that lives out the ideals in our founding documents.
When we all went to bed on Tuesday, we know that the outcome of the election would not come immediately. After several days of constantly watching the news and holding our breath, we have a winner. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be entering the White House as President and Vice President in January. Knowing that we will have the first female Vice President who is also a woman of color speaks to how far this country has come.
It goes without saying, that the response from you know is the adult equivalent of a tantrum.
Instead of being and adult and accepting that he lost, he will continue to claim that voter fraud conspiracy cost him a second term. If (and I mean a huge if) that was true, there would have been a complete blue wave. Both Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham would lost their respective elections. But they didn’t, which is completely baffling to me.
As much as we can celebrate (and there is a reason to celebrate), there are two caveats. The first is that unfortunately, we have to wait until January before the Biden administration can actually get down to business. The second is that one of their first tasks will be to clean up the mess of the previous administration.
Although we know that there is still a lot of work to do, we can still take in the moment. Normalcy is on the horizon. I don’t know about you, but I am ready to for a boring President and a boring Presidential administration.
Election Day is one of the most stressful and exhilarating days on the American calendar. By the time we go to bed on November 3rd, the expectation is that we know who the next President will be.
Not this year.
As I write this, it is just about 24 hours after a handful of states in the North East have closed their polling stations. According to the various news outlets, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are close to receiving the 270 electoral votes needed to win the election.
As much as I would love to breath a sigh of relief and rejoice, I can’t. There are still millions of votes to be counted. You know who, could be acting like an adult and potentially lose gracefully. But, true to his character, several lawsuits have been launched to stop counting votes and/or recount what has already been tabulated.
As much as I hate to say it, this election cannot be declared as over. Every voter has a right to be heard. If we are the democracy we claim to be, we must wait until every vote is counted.