Is Joe Biden in a bind?
Joe Biden has thrown his hat in the ring for the Democratic nomination for president.
I've always liked Biden and think he is a genuinely good person. He certainly was responsive to his remaining children when his first wife and son were killed in an automobile accident. And, he was emotionally present and openly devastated when his son Beau died.
However, even if he might have the best chance of beating Donald Trump, I'm not sure he is the right person to be our next president.
It's not that he has done anything seriously wrong. Yet, being 81 myself, I think we need someone younger with a new perspective and new eyes. James Baker, a highly respected politician and statesman, who served in Cabinet positions under both Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, made the same observation in an interview not long ago.
As with most candidates, Biden has made some missteps along the way, particularly his treatment of Anita Hill in the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings.
Recently he's attempted to meet with Hill, but even then couldn't bring himself to actually apologize. Why it is so difficult, particularly for men, to say they're sorry and take responsibility for their actions? We have all made mistakes and need to acknowledge we've learned from those mistakes.
Several women have expressed being uncomfortable with Biden's physical contact, expressions of affection, though admittedly not overtly sexual.
Again, in response, he came short of actually apologizing. Now, admittedly Biden's actions have come nowhere close to the behavior of either Bill Clinton or Donald Trump. Though maybe in some ways political correctness has gone too far, we do seem to be living in different times. Women are demanding that they be treated as equal human beings, as they should be, and not seen as sexual objects to be exploited.
With the "MeToo" movement and more women in leadership positions, what has been a slow evolution in terms of gender respect and equality is now on the fast track.
The number of women recently elected to the House of Representatives is one sign of this phenomenon. Some will say, in terms of gender equality, the pendulum has swung too far in one direction. Nonetheless, men respecting and treating women as equals is now front and center.
Whether someone in Joe Biden's and my generation can at a deep level comprehend this evolution and its implications, is an important question to ponder. Can we truly change? No matter how hard we try, it is almost impossible for any of us to completely shed the impact, influence and norms of the era in which we were born and raised.
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