Biden’s Inauguration was So Boring
I love symbolism.
Days before his inauguration, President Biden had the White House deep cleaned. In what was described as an “unprecedented” move, an additional cleaning service was hired in addition to the regular White House cleaning staff. The cost, according to reports, was half a million dollars.
The official reason was Covid-19, and the need to thoroughly sanitize the property for its new occupants and workers. And yet, a lover of symbolism couldn’t pass the chance to highlight the fact that the 46th President took the extra effort to deep clean the house from its previous tenant before moving in into a clean slate.
It didn’t take long for the symbolism to turn into reality. The ‘cleanse’ continued and quickly moved on from the White House sheets and carpets to matters of national, and international, importance. President Biden wasn’t wasting any time and moments after being sworn in office, signed no less than 15 executive orders overturning some of President Trump’s major decisions.
By deep cleaning the White House of President Trump’s presence, President Biden is signaling his intentions; He’ll be the anti-Trump. That means that the US will no longer practice “America First” but rather “America Leads”. That means that the language used will be Presidential. That means that American politics will return to its normal state of being mostly boring. And that’s great.
Somebody needs to say it, the inauguration was boring. I could have recited President Biden’s speech days before it was given. After the ceremony was over, people were talking about J-Lo and Lady Gaga. Even Biden’s first tweet as President was refreshingly mellow - as in, not threatening to start a nuclear war, or firing the Secretary of Defense.
During the election campaign, Trump thought that Biden’s somewhat ‘boring’ character would harm him. ‘Sleepy Joe’ was the nickname Trump constantly used in order to ridicule his opponent. However, Trump misjudged how much America, and the world, crave for some boredom.
In a recent interview with President Barack Obama, Stephen Colbert told the President that although admiring his work, “there were days I didn’t think of you at all”. This, in my opinion, is the essence of what a great Biden presidency could be. A boring term, in which the President and his staff would basically do the work they were elected to do and that’s it.
No surprises, no twists, no drama. Just hard-working people trying to do their best in order for the country to get better. It’s true, it’ll be much less entertaining to watch SNL. Journalists would have a much harder time filling newspapers. But it’ll kick off a much-needed process of healing, and put things back in their natural place.
Politics is boring, that’s the way it should be. Presidents need to spend their time working, most of their job, if successful, is to be left unnoticed. Stephen King once said that a good book seems to its readers like it was written in one sitting. A good writer’s work does not show the complicated and agonizing process it took to actually get the book written as published. The same could be said for leaders. We want results, not a front-row seat at the sausage factory.
It’s been a tough year. For many Americans, it was a tough 4 years. But regardless of whether you are a Trump supporter or not, the last 4 years saw Americans more politically divided than ever. President Biden will not solve the problems in a day, he might not solve them at all. The thing he can do, though, is to keep Americans’ mind of it for a while.
By being ‘Sleepy Joe’, by doing the work without the unnecessary drama. By bringing back stability to the office, by being almost annoyingly expected with his speeches, tone, and message. By doing all that, President Biden could get Americans to overcome differences and not having to constantly deal with ‘what the President has tweeted now?’ and whether it was good or bad.
Americans beg you, President Biden. The citizens of the world beg you, for all of our sakes; Make American politics boring again.