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Tue Apr 13, 2021, 04:15 PM

President Biden picking up a kids toy




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Esquire article

snip..."he has a deep and abiding empathy. He carries his personal tragedies with great dignity, and employs them only when it is absolutely called for. On Tuesday, as they conducted a memorial service for Capitol Police Officer Billy Evans in the Rotunda, he deployed it in the gentlest way possible.

One of Evansís daughters was fidgety, playing with a small replica of the Capitol dome. Fidgety kids are one of those extraneous details that great undertakers discreetly handle for The Family. The little girl dropped the toy on the floor. It bounced a little ways away from where she was sitting. The president instantly popped out of his chair, picked up the childís toy, and handed it back to her, stopping to talk to her, too,

To compare this moment of humble humanity to anything having to do with the presidentís predecessor is to cheapen it unforgivably. These are different species of homo sapiens, as different from each other as swans are from vultures. Kindness towards a child would seem to be a baseline indicator of civility and grace but, nonetheless, there it was, in front of god and the world. That it seemed so powerful is not just because of what it was, but because of all that it was not."

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Reply President Biden picking up a kids toy (Original post)
irisblue Apr 13 OP
FalloutShelter Apr 13 #1
CurtEastPoint Apr 13 #2
True Blue American Apr 13 #3
Hekate Apr 13 #4
LetMyPeopleVote Apr 13 #5
calimary Apr 13 #28
gratuitous Apr 13 #6
Dustlawyer Apr 13 #14
LiberalFighter Apr 13 #18
DENVERPOPS Apr 13 #22
11 Bravo Apr 13 #7
Paladin Apr 13 #8
stillcool Apr 13 #9
Wahyee Apr 13 #10
lame54 Apr 13 #11
Neema Apr 14 #29
Cozmo Apr 13 #12
Jilly_in_VA Apr 13 #13
BobTheSubgenius Apr 13 #15
rickyhall Apr 13 #16
paranoid floyd Apr 13 #17
mcar Apr 13 #19
Midnight Writer Apr 13 #20
Grokenstein Apr 13 #24
calimary Apr 13 #21
Treefrog Apr 13 #23
Aussie105 Apr 13 #25
kimbutgar Apr 13 #26
Ferrets are Cool Apr 13 #27
Cha Apr 14 #30


Response to irisblue (Original post)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 04:27 PM

2. Dump wouldn't even put away his own GD umbrella.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 04:28 PM

3. Looked like a replica

Of the Capitol.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 04:33 PM

4. I love Charlie Pierce's take on things, and this was especially lovely. nt

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 04:36 PM

5. This made me smile

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Response to LetMyPeopleVote (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 07:47 PM

28. Made me get choked up.

I made a note of it.

Every week, our Indivisible group issues a Call to Action email, with five weekday asks and events for the next two to three weeks. It always starts with the ďInspirational Opening.Ē Instead of the usual stirring or relevant quotes for next week, Iím gonna use this link. With the title and Charlie Pierceís intro.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 04:40 PM

6. Multiple choice

Trump would have

A Ignored it
B Kicked it, ostensibly back to the kid, but skittering way across the floor, disrupting everything
C Picked it up and kept it
D Picked it up and forced the kid to come after it; wouldn't give it back until he extracted a promise from the kid to do something for him
E Wouldn't have been there in the first place for a sucker and a loser like Evans

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #6)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 05:20 PM

14. He would have demanded a thank you from her.

Not really, he would never pick it up.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #6)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 05:56 PM

18. He would had kicked it away from her.

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Response to LiberalFighter (Reply #18)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 06:08 PM

22. Or

crushed it under her foot, while watching her face and smiling..........

People are forgetting that when you talk about Trump, you are talking about a VERY SICK INDIVIDUAL....most likely sub-human....

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 04:40 PM

7. Trump would have demanded the kid's lunch money as ransom.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 04:48 PM

8. So good to have a grown-up, decent person in the White House.

Thanks be to God.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 04:51 PM

9. love that last sentence..

"That it seemed so powerful is not just because of what it was, but because of all that it was not."

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 05:02 PM

10. the former guy would have viciously kicked it out of the way /eom

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Response to Wahyee (Reply #10)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 05:07 PM

11. Or sold it back to her

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Response to Wahyee (Reply #10)

Wed Apr 14, 2021, 10:42 AM

29. Nah, he wouldn't be there. He only shows up when he can take over and air his many

grievances to his adoring fans.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 05:07 PM

12. Love, love, love

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 05:14 PM

13. It's a grandad thing

Joe is not only President, he's the nation's grandad. Nothing wrong with that at all.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 05:30 PM

15. I really do admire Charles Pierce's writing.

Of course, I admire President Biden a whole lot more...but I admire it quite a bit, all the same.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 05:47 PM

16. Actually, I could imagine any of the presidents in my lifetime doing something similar.

Except the last one. He was more for stealing lollipops. (Red October)

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 05:52 PM

17. This got me thinking

So many possibilities.

She might not have dropped the toy.

It might have fallen but was a stuffed animal so it just stayed where it fell.

It might have rolled any number of ways but it didnít.

It rolled right towards the man who is one of the sweetest, empathetic humans around. Who also happens to be the President. It rolled his way so he could have a moment to let that little girl know her Dad was loved, respected, and will be missed. I donít know what was said but knowing what I do know of Joe Biden it was something that will mean something to the family.

Sometimes wonderful things happen when something terrible has happened. A little light on the darkness.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 05:57 PM

19. He is such a good, kind man

I bet he didn't even think about picking up that child's toy and handing it to her. It's the instinctive act of a parent, or one who is just instrinsically kind.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 05:57 PM

20. I recall Trump telling the mother of a fidgety child to "get that kid out of here!"

Then he lightened that to "I'm kidding".

Then he went back to "No, really, get that kid out of here!"

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Response to Midnight Writer (Reply #20)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 06:21 PM

24. Always testing the waters to see just how awful he can be at any moment.

...Meanwhile, I'm waiting for Dim Don's servile media barking-dogs to start baying about how this moment was "rehearsed" to "make Biden look good." You know they're gonna do it.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 06:02 PM

21. Looks like he's still a dad first, a grandpa second, and THEN the President.

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You know, the job he gets to - AFTER the important stuff is taken care of: after heís tucked the kids in bed, read them their favorite stories complete with funny character voices, and then checking UNDER the bed to make sure all the goblins and beasties were cleared outta there.

Canít help loving this guy.

What a difference from the last selfish vainglorious putz!

A dad would do that. A grandpa would do that. Always looking out for the kids to make sure everythingís okay.

And now, heĎa looking out for ALL of us to at least try to make everything okay (or, at least, better than it had been).

Lucky we are.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 06:11 PM

23. This sentence stood out to me:

ďTo compare this moment of humble humanity to anything having to do with the presidentís predecessor is to cheapen it unforgivably.ď

Yet thatís all some people chose to do.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 06:47 PM

25. Joe is a human being who cares.

The other guy?

Neither of those.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 06:49 PM

26. It will interesting to see how Fox attacks him tonight for doing this !

But I doubt they will report or show this video. President Biden is a demented feeble old man !

And I doubt the orange maggot would have even attended the service in the first place.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 07:08 PM

27. This touches me so deeply

Fark, it's so wonderful to have a honest to goodness human in the WH again.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Wed Apr 14, 2021, 04:16 PM

30. Rt TY! Sweet!

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