“#Coronavirus tells us that government matters, facts and science matters, rule of law matters. That having leaders who are humble and well-informed, and want to bring people together rather than drive them apart matters.”

 

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned as a country from moments of great crisis, it’s that the American spirit of looking out for one another can’t be restricted to our homes, or our workplaces, or our neighborhoods, or our houses of worship. It also has to be reflected in our national government. The kind of leadership that’s guided by knowledge and experience; honesty and humility; empathy and grace – that kind of leadership doesn’t just belong in our state capitols and mayors offices. It belongs in the White House. That’s why I’m so proud to endorse @JoeBiden for President of the United States. Choosing Joe to be my Vice President was one of the best decisions I ever made. He’s got the character and the experience to guide us through one of our darkest times and heal us through a long recovery. And I’ve got a lot more to say about why Joe should be President in the video. I hope you give it a watch. Then I hope you’ll join us at JoeBiden.com and make a plan for how you’re going to get involved.

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Barack Obama had his flaws and faults, of course, but he was such a brilliant speaker they really ought to have given him the Nobel Prize for Speech and shut him up.

Not all his words were his, but whether it was talking to adults or idiots, an Obama speech rose above the mundane and aspired to something higher in humans.

His 10-minute address endorsing his deputy Joe Biden for President in the 2020 elections was not an occasion for soaring oratory but still “Barackji” says all the right things about leadership during a pandemic.

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Leadership guided by knowledge and experience; honesty and humility; empathy and grace – that kind of leadership doesn’t just belong in our state capitols and mayors offices. It belongs in the White House.

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Biden will surround himself with good people – experts, scientists, military officials who actually know how to run the government and care about doing a good job running the government, and know how to work with our allies, and who will always put the American people’s interests above their own.

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The world is different; there’s too much unfinished business for us to just look backwards. We have to look to the future.

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The vast inequalities created by the new economy are easier to see now, but they existed long before this pandemic hit. 

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One thing everybody has learned by now is that the Republicans occupying the White House and running the U.S. Senate are not interested in progress. They’re interested in power. 

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Repeatedly, they’ve disregarded American principles of rule of law, and voting rights, and transparency – basic norms that previous administrations observed regardless of party. Principles that are the bedrock of our democracy.

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This crisis has reminded us that government matters. It’s reminded us that good government matters. That facts and science matter. That the rule of law matters. That having leaders who are informed, and honest, and seek to bring people together rather than drive them apart – those kind of leaders matter.