IT’S OFFICIAL: JOSEPH ROBINETTE BIDEN, JR., IS NOW THE 46TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
There will be much discussion about the meaning, trends, and implications of this election, and the results were not without disappointments. But it’s too soon for all those debates. At this point, I’m simply offering my top-of-mind list of what I perceive to be the positives for our country.
WE NOW HAVE AN EXPERIENCED, STEADY, CALM, COMPASSIONATE, HONEST LEADER WHO BELIEVES IN SCIENCE, IS DETERMINED TO TACKLE OUR MOST DIFFICULT CHALLENGES, IS PREPARED TO HELP US REENTER THE WORLD WITH DIGNITY, AND HAS VIEWED THIS ELECTION AS THE BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF THE NATION AND THE URGENT NEED TO BRING OUR PEOPLE TOGETHER.
WE HAVE RID OURSELVES OF DONALD TRUMP AND ALL HIS BAGGAGE. (Determined to emphasize the positive here, I’ll refrain from enumerating the damage he’s done–and is likely to continue trying to do.)
WE HAVE A BRILLIANT, CHARISMATIC, HIGHLY ACCOMPLISHED, HARD-WORKING, WARM BLACK WOMAN OF INDIAN HERITAGE AS OUR VICE PRESIDENT. Thus, we have finally joined many countries worldwide in electing a woman to high office.
WE CAN BREATHE A SIGH OF RELIEF THAT OUR DEMOCRACY, THOUGH BATTERED, REMAINS INTACT.
WE CAN EXPECT APPOINTEES TO TOP POSITIONS WHO ARE WELL-QUALIFIED AND DEDICATED TO THE PUBLIC GOOD.
WE CAN ASSUME THE GOOD CAREER PEOPLE WHO ARE SO IMPORTANT TO OUR GOVERNMENT’S FUNCTIONING WILL BE REVITALIZED, RATHER THAN DEMORALIZED.
WE CAN ONCE AGAIN HOLD OUR HEADS UP HIGH ON THE WORLD STAGE, NO LONGER NEEDING OR RECEIVING THE EMPATHY, SYMPATHY, BEWILDERMENT OF OUR FRIENDS, RELATIVES, AND BLOGGING COLLEAGUES FROM OTHER COUNTRIES.
The noted historian John Meacham said this week: “Close elections produce consequential Presidencies.” This is a hopeful time for renewing our quest to become the country of our ideals.