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It’s all about white- and shades of dark-1This is not just about Democrats and Republicans. It is about rural and city; about Main Street and Wall Street; about young and old; about white and the many shades of people of color; about college-educated and high-school leavers; about people of faith and those with secular views; and most essentially of all, about women and men. 

Nazarul Islam

Joe Biden must bring America together—and perhaps, he will. He has a better chance than anyone of bridging the yawning chasms between the nation’s many tribes, which have increasingly and sadly sought to cut themselves off from each other.

This is not just about Democrats and Republicans. It is about rural and city; about Main Street and Wall Street; about young and old; about white and the many shades of people of color; about college-educated and high-school leavers; about people of faith and those with secular views; and most essentially of all, about women and men.

In his foremost speech as president-elect Mr. Biden shared the memorable words: “This is the time to heal in America.” His task will be to rule for the losers, as well as the winners. In the rough trade of democracy there has to be a winner and a loser.

There can only be one president. But while he has amassed more than 75 million votes, the most in the nation’s history, Donald Trump has received some 71 million, the second largest tally ever recorded. Those people are just as important to the future of the nation and indeed the world.

At this dangerous precipice in American history, America’s president-elect is simultaneously not the very model of the emerging modern American but perhaps just what the nation needs.

It’s all about white and shades of dark!Joe Biden is an old white man. He once shared: “Becoming an old white man has been my lifelong ambition”. And, bless his heart, Joe Biden (everyone seems to always call him “Joe Biden” and not just “Biden) is not exactly a spellbinding stump speaker.

For our challenged nation, here’s hoping that for Biden the third time is the balm we need, to heal the nation’s pain!

Despite his long political pedigree, he comes across to many as just a regular Joe. Odd, isn’t it, that common though that name is, we’ve never had a Joe as president? We’ve had a Zachary and a Millard and two Franklins and a Ulysses and a Rutherford and a Chester and a Grover and a Calvin and a Dwight and a Barack.

But never until next Jan. 20 a Joe – There was a time when you could’ve won big bucks by betting we’d have a Barack before we had a Joe.

And he’s America’s first president from Delaware a state that many Americans couldn’t place on a map or name its capital. Some Texans would consider Delaware a miniature ‘ranch’. Some Delawareans have self-deprecating humor about their state. The state’s White Clay Bicycle Club sponsors an annual bike ride called the “Doublecross,” because the route crosses the state twice, a total of 62 miles.

As he has shown in the potentially precarious days since Election Day as vote counting continued (despite the protestations of the incumbent who seemed to be against counting votes), Biden has the ability to reduce a nation’s temperature. In an odd way, maybe it’s a good thing we’ll have a president who does not depend upon stirring rhetoric. We’ve been over-stirred a bit too much over the last four years.

Odd, too, that it was a general election campaign dominated by an issue nobody could have foreseen back in the formative stages of Campaign 2020 when we were entertained or punished by an overcrowded stage of Democratic presidential hopefuls.

Biden’s Job One is trying to find the prescription for uniting a divided nation while the scientists work toward finding a potion to battle the disease that came to dominate the campaign.

Make no mistake, the coronavirus will not magically go away as the incumbent once predicted. And make no mistake, too, about this: So divided is the nation and so daunting are the challenges that it’s going to be difficult for Biden to look good as president. It will not help that so many will be rooting against him.

But Biden résumés well for the job at this troubling time. He has perhaps the best CV for a president since George H.W. Bush. What did that get the elder Bush? One term and done.

Biden’s relationships with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle should serve him well. Ditto for his familiarity with foreign leaders as he goes about the peculiar task of normalizing relationships with nations normally our allies – Sadly, not all Americans are wishing our president-elect well as he advances to what could be the transition from hell.

“I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!” President Donald Trump tweeted on a recent morning.

An outgoing president who became a clownish caricature of himself leaves us with so many familiar phrases. Trump liked to over-trumpet what he perceived as his successes by saying “no one has ever seen anything like it.”

Seems like a fitting epitaph for his presidency. No one has ever seen anything like it.

At least not in this country!

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About the Author

Nazarul IslamThe Bengal-born writer is a senior educationist settled in USA. He writes for Sindh Courier and the newspapers of Bangladesh, India and America.

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