Opinion: Biden Bounces Back as Ratings Rise

J. Jurout

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Biden fell down.

Biden tripped midway while climbing the stairs to AirForce One last year. It's not surprising. He's our oldest President. When inaugurated, he was 78. Trump was 74 when taking office. Obama was 47. In the video, he reaches to pull himself up and falls again. As if that wasn’t enough, he goes on to stumble.

To the horror of a nail-biting public, he slips again on the same steps two weeks later. The comedy aside, Biden pulls himself up. He finds his footing. Without any more trouble, he gets to the top. After he slides in that second instance, he bounces back. Biden picks himself up after he stumbles on stairs and with his words as well.

But he bounces back.

Known to have a stammer, Biden trips over words. He pauses mid-sentence. As if to change direction, he repeats himself. In his speeches, he also bounces back. After faltering, he returns to the thought. He finishes the sentences and communicates the idea. Biden gets back up, on the steps, with his words, and with his ratings as well.

Biden's fall on the stairwell occurred alongside a steady decline in his approval ratings. The long downward trend shifted after his remarks on the Russian invasion. Suddenly, his approval numbers went up. In another positive direction, his disapproval numbers pushed down. After stumbling through his first year, Biden's bouncing back as ratings rise.

He’s got guts.

Biden showed some old-fashioned brawn in some of his remarks about new sanctions. At times, he appeared unsure of himself. Then, he got tight-lipped. In response to Russia's aggression, Biden used raunchy language. In a challenge to Russia's right to move across the Ukrainian border, he chided: "Who in the Lord's name…”.

With tough language, Bide described the military move as “carving out a big chunk of Ukraine”. When he mentioned that he “told Putin to his face”, he referred to a moment of opposition. In that instance, Biden said that he explained to Putin that he and his allies would act against Russia.

We heard more strong words when he referred to Putin’s rewrite of history as “twisted”. Also, when he called the financial gains of elites “corrupt”. In a remark that they would “share in the pain”, he flexed a little more muscle.

Biden's strong words contrasted a presentation of his policy. In that regard, his writing style suggested that he and his team were on the same page.

He's got people too.

In the announcement, Biden alternates between “I” and “we”. When he says “if we listen to his (Putin's) speech”, he reaches out to the American public. Then, Biden uses “we” to refer to his team. As an example, he refers to his inner circle when he says: “we have coordinated closely with our NATO allies.”

Biden warns that Russia might continue to inflict more violence. Then, he refers to himself and his people, pairing “I hope I’m wrong” with “I hope we’re wrong”. Further on in the speech, Biden follows “I’m announcing” with “we’re implementing”. In this example, he refers to his role as spokesperson and to his team's role as foot soldiers.

In another example, he shows his dependence on his team. “We’ll probably have more to say about this”, he says. Then, he follows that with: “I’m hoping diplomacy is still available.” The change from "we" to "I" in his language indicates that his policies reflect the joint efforts of his team. Also, it indicates that his inner circle plays an important part in his decision-making.

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Here and over there.

Biden’s word choice points to close relationships with his team and a willingness to reach out to other countries. In his remarks, he mentions “NATO” six times and “allies” eight times. He repeats the phrase “allies and partners” five times. With the conjunction “and”, he strives to unite “NATO allies” and “partner” countries.

Biden connects the financial systems of The United States and Europe when he writes “our markets” and “European markets”. Also, he extends Europe’s reach with “partners in Europe and around the world”. In another example of bringing countries together, he pairs “NATO allies” with “Baltic allies”.

Biden’s rise in ratings may reflect his willingness to preserve and extend partnerships around the globe.

After stumbling in his ratings, Biden's bounced back. His strong words reflect a willingness to stand up to Putin. His language demonstrates that he has a productive relationship with and also a dependence on his people. In his speech, Biden appears dedicated to preserving and forming relationships with other countries. Thank you for reading and for following me here and on my site.

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