Biden fell down.
Biden tripped midway while climbing the stairs to AirForce One last year. It’s not surprising. He’s our oldest President. When inaugurated, he was 78. Trump was 74 when taking office. Obama was 47. In the video, he reaches to pull himself up and falls again. As if that wasn’t enough, he goes on to stumble.
To the horror of the nail-biting public, he slips again on the same steps two weeks later. The comedy aside, Biden pulls himself up. He finds his footing. Without any more trouble, he gets to the top. After he slides in that second instance, he bounces back. Biden picks himself up after he stumbles on stairs and with his words as well.
But he bounces back.
Known to have a stammer, Biden trips over words. He pauses mid-sentence. As if to change direction, he repeats himself. In his speeches, he also bounces back. After faltering, he returns to the thought. He finishes the sentences and communicates the idea. Biden gets back up, on the steps, with his words, and with his ratings as well.
Biden’s fall on the stairwell occurred alongside a steady decline in his approval ratings. The long downward trend shifted after his remarks on the Russian invasion. Suddenly, his approval numbers went up. Similarly, his disapproval numbers pushed down in another good move. After stumbling through his first year, Biden’s bouncing back as ratings rise.
He’s got guts.
Biden showed some old-fashioned brawn in his remarks about sanctions. At times, he appeared unsure of himself. Then, he got tight-lipped. In light of Russia’s aggression, Biden’s raunchy language seemed fitting. It felt good to see him stand up to Putin, blasting the country’s aggression with “Who in the Lord’s name…”.
With tough language, Biden described the military move as “carving out a big chunk of Ukraine”. Then, he got up and close to the man. He said that he “told Putin to his face” that he and his allies would act against Russia. He described Putin’s rewrite of history as “twisted”. He called the financial gains of elites “corrupt”. When he remarked that they would “share in the pain”, he flexed more muscle.
In contrast to his strong words against Russia, Biden’s writing style suggests that he and his team work together closely.
He’s got people too.
Biden alternates between “I” and “we” in the announcement. When he says “if we listen to his (Putin’s) speech”, he reaches out to the American public. Then, Biden uses “we” to refer to his team. As an example, he refers to his inner circle when he says: “we have coordinated closely with our NATO allies.”
Biden warns that Russia might continue to inflict more violence. Then, he refers to himself and his people, pairing “I hope I’m wrong” with “I hope we’re wrong”. Biden follows “I’m announcing” with “we’re implementing” in another instance. In this example, he refers to his role as spokesperson and to his team’s role as foot soldiers.
In another example, he shows his dependence on his team. “We’ll probably have more to say about this”, he says. Then, he follows that with: “I’m hoping diplomacy is still available.” The change from “we” to “I” in his language shows that he’s cooperating with his people. Also, it indicates that his inner circle plays an important part in his decision-making.
Here and over there.
Biden’s word choice suggests that he has close relationships with his team and a willingness to reach out to other countries. In his remarks, he mentions “NATO” six times and “allies” eight times. He repeats the phrase “allies and partners” five times. With the conjunction “and”, he strives to unite “NATO allies” and “partner” countries.
Biden connects the financial systems of The United States and Europe when he writes “our markets” and “European markets”. Also, he extends Europe’s reach with “partners in Europe and around the world”. In another example of bringing countries together, he pairs “NATO allies” with “Baltic allies”.
Biden’s rise in ratings reflects his willingness to preserve and extend partnerships around the globe.
After stumbling, Biden’s bounces back. He’s got guts and is willing to stand up to Putin. With his language, he showed cooperation and his dependence on his people. Also, he expresses a dedication to preserving and forming relatinships with other countries. Let’s hope that continues. Thank you for reading and for following me here and on my site.