Joe Biden is the new master of the White House. His victory was confirmed by the electoral college. He is an experienced man. In politics all his life. His biography looks a little like that of a Soviet Communist Party apparatchik.
“The 306 electoral votes is the same number of electoral votes that Donald Trump and Vice President Pence got when they won in 2016,” Biden notes and, apologizing, clears his throat.
Joe Biden coughs 17 times in 14 minutes of speech and scares his supporters. For the new White House administration, health care may be a major issue. The president-elect is increasingly reminiscent of the late Leonid Brezhnev — speeches only with a prompter.
“That’s where to look? – Brezhnev clarifies. – The United Nations, which unites almost all the nations of the earth…”
Absent-mindedness, forgetfulness – a classic of the genre. Brezhnev once lost his glasses. Biden used to forget where he put his medical mask.
The path to big politics seemed closed for young Joseph – he had a severe stutter in school.
“He was a victim of bullying. He didn’t want it to define him. So he worked very hard. He would look in the mirror, move his lips to make sure – he could talk,” points out “Barack and Joe” author Stephen Livingston.
Patience and hard work do turn Joe Biden into a professional politician. That is to say, a partisan in the Soviet fashion. At 30, he is the youngest senator in American history. Practically a member of the Central Committee. A notable figure: a fiery orator. Branded apartheid.
“South Africans are mostly black, and they have been humiliated. This is not about a stupid puppet government! This is not about the African regime. We are not loyal to them! Our allegiance is not to South Africa! It’s South Africans!” – says Biden.
Biden is a goodwill ambassador. He comes to the Soviet Union twice, in 1979 and 1988. He meets with Brezhnev, then with Gromyko. The topic is nuclear disarmament. Biden goes to the presidential elections in 1988 and 2008. But both times he drops out of the race at the preliminary stage. But under Obama, he becomes vice president. It would seem that this is the pinnacle of his political career. But no: the progressive public refuses to let the experienced member of the party retire. The youngest senator becomes the oldest president.
The public is no longer embarrassed by the follies, gaffes, and reservations of the new leader. Tradition. Four years ago, the country watched Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton have fits. Then there’s Speaker of the lower house of Congress Nancy Pelosi. Suspicious grimaces and strange laughter. Pelosi, by the way, is two years older than the president-elect – she’s already 80. Looking at the makeup of Congress, the choice of Biden to lead the Democrats no longer seems strange.
There are 20 standing committees in the House of Representatives. Fourteen of them are chaired by politicians over 70 years old. Finance is handled by Maxine Waters, 82. Appropriations is handled by Nita Lowey, 83. Space exploration is handled by Eddie Bernice Johnson – she’s 85.
“It’s the American system: it seems like the government is changing, there’s always elections, there’s always nervousness. And in reality, what do you get? It’s just a trickery,” says political analyst Dmitri Mikheyev.
Chuck Grassley, the president of the Upper House of Representatives, is 87. Of the hundred senators, almost a third – namely, 31 – are in the 70+ category. Meanwhile, about half – 46 – have been in their seats for more than 10 years, and more than a quarter of the politicians – 26 – have been in Congress since the last century.
“The longer a senator stays, stays in Washington, the more political capital he will earn and the more the state whose interests he represents in the American capital will benefit from it. This is why it is very difficult for newcomers to American politics to challenge senators who have served one, two, or three terms,” says Vladimir Vasilyev, chief researcher at the US and Canada Institute.
What is not the Politburo? Even at its most senior, in 1981, almost all so-called “Kremlin elders” were younger than Biden today. With the exceptions of Arvid Pelshe and Mikhail Suslov. But as long as the old guard in the U.S. obkoms, the Central Committee and the Politburo are not really threatened by anything. Joe Biden may well feel like “Dear Comrade Joe” or even “Grandpa Biden.”
“I love children more than I love people,” says Biden.
Again, a classic of the genre: the sly squint, the exhortations to the rising generation. If not a tie, at least a badge.
Boy: “We need someone with a good heart to lead us better than President Trump.”
Biden: “You really are a good, wonderful young man.”