In restoring a more conventional version of the presidency, Biden’s mandate counterbalances the political forces that led to Trump’s rise, which still gave the president more than 73 million votes, albeit on a losing cause.
Restoring Washington is not without risk, and is already at odds with Trump’s mixture of nihilistic conservatism, which is likely to dictate the Republican Party’s strategy even when it left the Oval Office.
“Let’s start working to heal and unite America and the world,” Biden said.
His rookies, including many protégés, represent a contradiction in the philosophy, style, and selection of Trump’s authoritarian, “America’s first” and unscientific White House, guided by conspiracy theories and personality cult.
Biden’s domestic, health and economic policy teams, which are expected to emerge after Thanksgiving, are likely to combine the same experience and knowledge after attracting the attention of an elected president who has been in Washington class for more years than any modern predecessor.
“The purpose of our administration is to reunite. We cannot have this virulent political dialogue. It must end,” Biden said.
His overarching point: this American people, after watching chaos, nepotism, and anti-intellectual spirit in government amid an epidemic that killed a quarter of a million of their fellow citizens, and as the U.S. turned its back on its foreign friends, now only wants people who know what they do and don’t make too much noise. All of his candidates were highlighted on Tuesday by Thomas-Greenfield, who is black, and the Secretary of Homeland Security’s candidate, Alejandro Mayorkas, who is Spanish, represents an individual departure from Trumpism in his personality, background and qualifications.
Multilateralism, diplomacy, quiet competence, scientific rigor, inclusivity, collegiality among top officials, respect for civil servants, the intelligence community and the reception of immigrants.
Humiliation of allies, populism, nationalism, withdrawal of the White House, coding of the despot, kissing cabinet meetings, political hacking of spy agencies, and underestimation of politically uncomfortable threats such as murderous viruses.
Mitch Landrieu, the former mayor of New Orleans, believes Biden’s candidates reflect the man who elected them.
“The president-elect demonstrated and modeled what presidential behavior looks like,” Landrieu told CNN Brooke Baldwin.
“He’s just trying to show Americans what he looks like when he has a balanced, stable, thoughtful and experienced president,” he said.
The president-elect is likely to re-accept this person when he gives a thank-you speech to the American people from his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday.
Completely different America
The sharp turnaround that America is holding on its inauguration day on January 20 reflects the rigorous election that was ahead of voters on Nov. 3 – which only became clearer in Trump’s subsequent election theft attempt. He also emphasizes the resilience of an American political system that is able to offset the excesses of its leaders with ingrained capabilities and often creates presidents who are at odds with their predecessors.
Four years ago, after a campaign, Trump won an election vowing to destroy the political and economic system in Washington. His presidency has torn the institutions of federal power and the consensus of elites on economic, domestic, immigration, and foreign policy issues.
In many ways, when he puts his faith in the hands of experienced Washingtonians like Blinken and Avril Haines, director of National Intelligence, Biden is rebuilding this administrative state. Perhaps only the President-elect himself is a more steadfast, experienced, and more conventional personality than former Secretary of State John Kerry and long-term senator, who will serve as the presidential climate envoy, and a world citizen like Bannon and his fellow travelers. to despise.
Biden makes no secret of his belief that more governments are good. In a statement released Monday, after the Trump administration finally agreed to begin the transition, his team vowed to get a full understanding of Trump’s “hollow efforts by government agencies.”
Several of Biden’s national security candidates on Monday paid tribute to those unseen government officials who run the country on an ongoing basis but were treated as enemies within Trump’s years.
“Career diplomats and civil servants around the world. I want to tell you that America is back, multilateralism is back, diplomacy is back,” Thomas-Greenfield said. Haines spoke publicly with members of the secret community, who are often on Trump’s target list.
“The work that you often do under the most stringent conditions imaginable is just essential,” Haines said. Many candidates offered allegiance to the American ideal, Congress, the American public, and democracy. Although they all praised Biden, there was little of the excessive praise and expression of personal loyalty that Trump demands of his subordinates. Haines told his new boss that he was giving him bad news that he would rather not hear in another tacit criticism of the Trump administration.
A different kind of official
The impression of the group’s professionalism and competence was at odds with the late-working staff that Trump relied on, who in many cases were unable to do so because of the state’s great roles, but thrived on prioritizing loyalty to the president.
Not all of Trump’s initial cabinet elections were in the same form. Those like Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, were experienced and experts in their respective fields. But the attempts Biden expected of his appointees were frustrated when they were constantly undermined by Trump, who saw that his government met exclusively his personal needs. These officials, dubbed “adults” in the press, often spent their time under the worst impulses of an unusual president.
Biden’s approach was designed for the circumstances in which he takes office. Once Covid-19 rages out of control, it faces a country that needs an organized strategy to introduce a vaccine that can restore normal life. Not being Trump and stepping back to the Paris Climate Agreement immediately wins the world stage.
In the longer term, however, the test of its presidency will be whether its vision of calm, deliberative leadership can reconcile a nation with a policy resembling an unruly jungle where its opponents have not waited until it wins the election to try to delegitimize it and where it has already. there is no common version of the truth.
After all, President Barack Obama once tried to involve his opponents in the traditions of the American system of government with facts and logic. He did not get far with Republican opponents whose political existence was aimed at thwarting anything he suggested.
If things go wrong, Biden claims that the return of the administrative state has caused a catastrophe, which will feed Trump if he restarts in 2024, and candidates who hope not to do so will get shot.
Abroad, Biden must prove that the Allies ’resignation, methodological political process, and grumpy work of dialogue can limit the world of rising American rivals who have shaken the rotten global system. The experience and foreign policy expertise of successive administrations has never solved the most pressing issues – such as North Korea’s nuclear mission.
One reason Trump won four years ago is that many Americans believed that because of the globalized instincts of the elite generation in Washington, their work went abroad and the wars in which their children were sent to fight.
“Biden’s cabinet signals have been put into Ivy League schools, he has strong resumes, attends relevant conferences, and will be polite and regular guardians of America’s decline,” Rubio tweeted. “I support American greatness. And I’m not interested in going back to the ‘normal’ that made us dependent on China.”
His tweet, which ignored the fact that many of Trump’s officials also went to Ivy League schools, involved a duel between Biden’s traditional White House leadership at home and abroad and the populism Trump used.