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Friday, May 14, 2021

Quick decision-making is not Mr. Biden's style. His reputation as a plain-speaking politician hides a more complicated truth. Before making up his mind, the president demands hours of detail-laden debate from scores of policy experts, taking everyone around him on what some in the West Wing refer to as his Socratic "journey" before arriving at a conclusion.

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Avoiding Mr. Biden's ire during one of his decision-making seminars means not only going beyond the vague talking points that he will reject, but also steering clear of responses laced with acronyms or too much policy minutiae, which will prompt an outburst of frustration, often laced with profanity. Let's talk plain English here, he will often snap.

On policy issues, Mr. Biden, 78, takes days or weeks to make up his mind as he examines and second-guesses himself and others. It is a method of governing that can feel at odds with the urgency of a country still reeling from a pandemic and an economy struggling to recover. Those closest to him say Mr. Biden is unwilling, or unable, to skip the routine. As a longtime adviser put it: He needs time to process the material so that he feels comfortable selling it to the public.

I believe the right wing is making a huge mistake in continually trying to portray 78 year old Joe Biden has having diminished faculties. It's almost like covfefe and hamberders never happened.

Joe isn't 50, he's nearly 80. But whenever taking questions requiring details about subjects, he's always on point even if he speaks haltingly due to his impediment. Dealing with a stuttering problem at 78 does not make one feeble. Joe's doing fine, as this story notes, and no, Kamala is not running things behind the scenes. Anyone with any understanding of their prior history would know that Jill would never allow such a thing to happen.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-05-14 11:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

Yeah. Like the detail of where he left his slippers....

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-05-14 11:40 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

#2 | POSTED BY HELIUMRAT

Your fealty to Trump will eventually be shown to be traitorous.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2021-05-14 01:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#3 www.youtube.com

#4 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-05-14 01:30 PM | Reply

#2 Biden left his slippers rammed up your fat orange Lewzers ---.

#5 | Posted by bored at 2021-05-14 01:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

You're a Russian dupe who knows nothing about anything, you radioactive possum.

#6 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-05-14 01:40 PM | Reply

I love how childish leftists are. All you can do is throw tantrums like triggered autistic children, it's so cute....

Look, go have some soy and call down, k?

#7 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-05-14 01:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

... Before making up his mind, the president demands hours of detail-laden debate from scores of policy experts, taking everyone around him on what some in the West Wing refer to as his Socratic "journey" before arriving at a conclusion. ...

That's quite a change from the prior occupant of the Oval Office who avoided details, probably because fmr Pres Trump thought he already knew it all and just wanted those around him to hold the same opinions as he did.

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-05-14 02:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

#7 | Posted by HeliumRat

Says the person who went there first?

#9 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-05-14 03:06 PM | Reply

Biden sounds like a guy I would like to work with for a while at least. His method is not unlike my preferred method when it comes to important matters when the path is not clear. Plain English + Facts + Open Discussion then contemplation and a decision. I have seen to many major apparently snap or under informed decisions go sideways.

#10 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-05-14 04:01 PM | Reply

I wish all presidents listened to teams of experts before making a decision

#11 | Posted by Tor at 2021-05-14 04:08 PM | Reply

>Plain English + Facts + Open Discussion

Are you saying that's better than using A Four-Year Old's Vocabulary + A Sea Of Lies and Distortions + Intimidation, Threats and Ostracism if alternate opinions are offered?

#12 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2021-05-14 04:09 PM | Reply

There is at least one unarguable distinction between Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

There isn't a single White House staffer who would ever claim that Trump arrived at his decisions by taking a 'Socratic "journey" before arriving at a conclusion.'

Trump wouldn't know Socrates from herpes, and would boastfully claim that he actively avoids both.

#13 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-05-14 04:11 PM | Reply

While he pretends to be listening to the experts, cho is day dreaming about hot water bottles and how nice his life was before he started banging the Awng Mahn Bahd drum.

#14 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2021-05-14 05:49 PM | Reply

Yeah. Like the detail of where he left his slippers....

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat

As if your cult leader is the paragon of youth and mental function.

#15 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-05-14 06:32 PM | Reply

While he pretends to be listening to the experts, cho is day dreaming about hot water bottles and how nice his life was before he started banging the Awng Mahn Bahd drum.

#14 | Posted by phesterOBoyle

When was that? Back when the orange man was still promising you suckers that his secret investigators in hawaii were about to reveal the shocking evidence they discovered about obama?

#16 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-05-14 06:33 PM | Reply

I love how childish leftists are. All you can do is throw tantrums like triggered autistic children, it's so cute....

Look, go have some soy and call down, k?

#7 | Posted by HeliumRat

Yup. Just throwing tantrums and fixing pandemics and prosecuting domestic terrorists.

Not one tweet about rosie o donnel. They call that leadership?!

#17 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-05-14 06:35 PM | Reply

This kind of trolling is pretty basic and frankly disappointing. Soy? Ooooh, color me stricken! I can't go on, it knows my weakness! Yeah. Real top shelf stuff there, ratboy.

#18 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-05-14 07:34 PM | Reply

Trump wouldn't know Socrates from herpes, and would boastfully claim that he actively avoids both.

#13 | POSTED BY TONYROMA AT 2021-05-14 04:11 PM | FLAG:
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Well we know Dotard didn't know the difference between HIV and HPV.

Dotard has a severe case of ADD, and he can barely read, so obviously, he was never going to be a detail guy. He was a cruelty guy, take a policy and find ways to make it more cruel, that was his evil genius.

#19 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2021-05-15 11:21 AM | Reply

And under that he's a little boy yearning to run free!

#20 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2021-05-15 03:16 PM | Reply

That's a Herculean task for a doddering old fool with dementia.

#21 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2021-05-15 05:26 PM | Reply

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