Pick up the phone, Ma!…
Don’t forget to call your moms today, folks. pic.twitter.com/2oQ9mAo3Uh
— President Biden (@POTUS) May 9, 2021
We have a simple choice to make:
We can keep giving tax breaks to the super-wealthy and giant corporations — or we can invest in working families.
I’m going to pick working families every time.
— President Biden (@POTUS) May 8, 2021
Opinion: Biden understands the pace of governance, the media not so much https://t.co/udKiNGgkP2
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 10, 2021
President Biden came into office promising to be a decent, competent and normal president. “Normal” in part entailed no incendiary tweets, no self-dealing for him and his family, and no staffing government with unqualified hacks. If those are the criteria, then he has succeeded.
But “normal” also means patient, often tedious and sometimes imperceptible statecraft. You pass legislation. The economy takes a couple steps forward, seems to hesitate and then continues on. The opposition party takes definitive stances on everything in proposed legislation, and then the White House tries to pick off allies. Major legislation takes months, not days or weeks…
Normal governance means the instant “take” and the premature prediction of doom are often wrong. Instantaneous analysis from people with little expertise and incomplete information might not be the most enlightening form of journalism. Biden understands that governance requires persistent messaging, patience, calm and an appreciation for detail and nuance. That’s what normal governance, at least good governance, entails. Maybe the media will catch on — with time.
Meanwhile, in a universe not nearly far enough away…
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) likens GOP to “Titanic”: “We’re in the middle of this slow sink. We have a band playing on the deck, telling everybody it’s fine, and meanwhile Donald Trump’s running around, trying to find women’s clothing and get on the first lifeboat.” pic.twitter.com/L7Wjy87ngV
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) May 9, 2021
Took a LONG time for the press to get here— too long. But it can now be flatly stated in a news report that to be a loyal Republican means to stand for a lie. No "critics say…" needed. And yes, the word "lie" is front and center. This is the @AP talking. https://t.co/2rrwvPv0Om pic.twitter.com/JHczQnNNuz
— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) May 9, 2021