Biden town hall defined by his respect, empathy and kindness toward questioners
Joe Bidenís first cable TV town hall as president provided some news and policy substance. He talked about making it possible for everyone who wants a COVID-19 vaccination to be able to get one by the end of July. He talked about reopening classrooms for pupils in kindergarten to eighth grade this spring. He talked, and maybe went on a bit too long, about China and immigration.
But what was most impressive was the respect, empathy and kindness he showed to the audience members in Milwaukeeís Pabst Theater who asked questions. That is more a matter of style, I guess. But for many politicians, TV style often seems artificial, coached and rehearsed. And maybe Iím just so happy after four years to hear a president who isnít a bully and blowhard that Iím willing to be fooled, but Mr. Bidenís kindness to questioners came across as sincere.
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President Biden has faced much loss in his life. His first wife and infant daughter were killed in a car crash; and then he lost a son to brain cancer. When it comes to children, he cares deeply and can empathise with fear and loss experienced by parents.