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Biden’s unbearable levity


When I listen to a speech by President Biden, I am sometimes in agreement, often bored, rarely elated, and never inspired. I realize he doesn’t write these speeches; few presidents since Abraham Lincoln have written their own speeches. Ronald Reagan didn’t even write the line he remembers best: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall. Speechwriter Peter Robinson did.

Something central is missing from President Biden’s speeches, the same thing missing from the man. It is the seriousness, this dignity, this seriousness and this convincing solemnity that powerful public statements convey. Mr. Biden just doesn’t have gravity in him. In his political career, he has always seemed less a civil servant than an operator, less a president than a backroom politician. Yet, thanks mainly to the deep repugnance of American voters towards Donald Trump – surely more than half of Mr. Biden’s 81 million votes in 2020 were not for him but against Mr. Trump – Joe Biden ended up becoming president. .


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