[January 23, 2020] “Uncle Joe,” “Quid Pro Joe,” and “Sleepy Joe” are just a few of the nicknames recently hurled Joe Biden’s way. These tell a story, one that I will retell here with Joe Biden’s character. Joe Biden was one of the youngest ever to win a U.S. Senate race and later became Vice President of the United States. His career in politics has been long and his political tenacity is legendary
Like all leading Democratic candidates running for President of the U.S., Biden has shifted his politics leftward. Often referred to as the “candidate most likely to beat Trump” and called a “moderate,” he has successfully drawn upon his association with President Obama. Many claim Biden is too old to run for president and they are buoyed in their argument by his verbal gaffes and stumbles on the campaign trail.1 There is talk about him having early dementia.
With the lengthy political career of Joe Biden, it is easy to layout his main characteristics:
- Outgoing and Congenial
- Loyal to his state of Delaware and his friends
- Inspires Hope and Appeals to the Heart
“America is strongest when we lead not only with the example of our power but the power of our example.” – Joe Biden, U.S. Presidential candidate2
I pulled this quote off the Joe Biden for President website. I used it because I had difficulty finding a decent quote. I looked on BrainyQuote (see link here for Biden quotes) and other sites but the words used were somehow unsatisfactory. Being on his official site titled “Joe’s Vision for America,” it tells us something about the man Joe Biden.
Joe Biden lacks clarity in his words and deeds. His obscure vision for America and his arguments about why he should be elected President shows an unattended problem. He seems unable to respond fluidly in debates with his rivals and even on a scripted campaign trail. This difficulty will continue to haunt his candidacy and is his biggest challenge.
Biden has a good chance of being the Democratic nominee (currently he is the front-runner) and a chance at becoming president. He does have a problem with apologizing for his past behavior, even when there is nothing wrong with it.3 Joe Biden also has a developing scandal involving his son Hunter Biden. Biden’s past continues to hold him back in his campaign.