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Thu Jan 28, 2021, 10:45 AM

Joe Biden's Done More Good in a Week Than Donald Trump Did in Four Years

Joe Biden’s Done More Good in a Week Than Donald Trump Did in Four Years
Of course, Trump did virtually no good. And yes, it’s early days. But there are specific things about this administration that give ample reason for hope.
David Rothkopf
Published Jan. 28, 2021 5:03AM ET


None of this was preordained. The Biden team inherited what is likely to be viewed as the greatest public health crisis in U.S. history (we will probably pass the death toll for 1918 flu epidemic sometime this spring), the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression, a political crisis that included a coup attempt against the U.S. government, a crisis linked to America’s institutional racism, and the profound and deepening climate crisis. The outgoing administration also actively worked to impede the transition—more so than any of its predecessors in our history.

Nevertheless, the new president and his team continued to build on the discipline and effectiveness of their well-run political campaign. Despite provocations and attacks, they never took the bait from their conspiracy-theory and big-lie promoting opponents. They remained focused on the work at hand and confident in America’s political institutions.

In fact, Biden’s calm certainty that American democracy would survive the demented and corrupt onslaught of attacks from the leaders of the opposition and from the threatening network of right-wing extremists and white supremacist groups deserves more note than it has gotten. Biden was the steady hand, not just a politician but a man who understood both public service and the foundational concepts on which our system depends.

The result was not only unmistakably restorative; it was a commitment to the basics of doing the work, a return to once quotidian, recently neglected, notions of good governance. Nor was it simply a rhetorical shift or one that occurred simply within the confines of the White House.

As reported in a recent story by David Sanger in The New York Times, within days the Biden team had filled over 1,000 top jobs in the administration—a full quarter of all those open to them to fill. They also began to remove appointees put in place by the previous administration, some who had been put in jobs they hoped would preclude their removal, to serve as “moles” or as a kind of wannabe “deep state” for their patrons.

To those who understand how Washington works, it is a stunning start under the worst of circumstances. Much credit must go not only to the president and vice president but to the extremely capable team they have put in place led throughout this period by long-time Biden adviser and now White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain. Management is often the most undervalued skill set among our political elites. Not this time.


I should add that the Biden team stands out among the pool of potential Democratic nominees to these jobs not only by virtue of their experience and because they are regarded to be among the smartest members of the Democratic policy community. Also, as a former senior member of the Obama administration said to me, “[Biden] didn’t pick many assholes. The asshole quotient is very low in this group. They will get along and they won’t try to blow each other up.”



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babylonsister Jan 28 #5

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Thu Jan 28, 2021, 11:00 AM

1. He wants to roll up his sleeves and get to work as quickly as possible. - Jen Psaki

Grown ups!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 11:06 AM

2. A+++ so far

Biden has been absolutely stellar so far. Providing the strong, steady, and transparent leadership that this country deserves on all fronts. He's truly hit the ground running and the first week has been far beyond my highest expectations. A+++ on the pandemic, on the environment, on immigration, on foreign policy, and on CJ reform. Everything we heard he was going to do he is doing.

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Response to Johnny2X2X (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 11:16 AM

3. Biden's Tuesday and Wednesday


Arms deal with Russia will be in place by 2/5/21
Got rid of Trump's racism is OK commission
something about private prisons
smart moves in the middle east
200 million doses of Vaccine by summer
got more people appointed
Told Vlad Putin, "There's a new Sheriff in town."
Voting rights
Worked on bringing back the ACA to help w/C-19
Smacked down Fox's Doocy


Stopped the border wall construction
C-19 briefing by experts
Climate incentives and goals

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Response to Botany (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 11:29 AM

4. Been stunning to see him handle every issue at once

And something he learned from Trump is that he's making sure his actions/wins get noticed. He's been much better than Obama was at advertising his wins.

I really haven't seen a win streak like this from a President before, and the progressives should be absolutely dancing in the streets, Joe is forcefully getting a liberal agenda through.

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Response to Johnny2X2X (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 11:57 AM

5. I am also extremely impressed!

How can we not be? And thankful, after enduring 4 years of disgust.

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