Biden’s concern for ‘the soul of this country’ drove his successful campaign.

first_imgBut Mr. Biden also said he felt pulled by a sense of moral duty.“He said, back then, ‘I really am concerned about the soul of this country,’” Mr. Garcetti said.Twenty-one months and a week later, Mr. Biden stands triumphant in a campaign he waged on just those terms: as a patriotic crusade to reclaim the American government from a president he considered a poisonous figure. The language he used in that call with Mr. Garcetti became the watchwords of a candidacy designed to marshal a broad coalition of voters against Mr. Trump and his reactionary politics. On a January evening in 2019, Joseph R. Biden Jr. placed a call to the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, a personal friend and political ally who had just announced he would not pursue the Democratic nomination for president.During their conversation, Mr. Garcetti recalled, Mr. Biden did not exactly say he had decided to mount his own campaign. The former vice president confided that if he did run, he expected President Trump to “come after my family” in an “ugly” election.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – It was not the most inspirational campaign in recent times, nor the most daring, nor the most agile. The personality cult that had built up around Mr. Trump was absent: There were no prominent reports of Biden supporters branding themselves with “Joe” tattoos and lionizing him in florid murals — or even holding boat parades in his honor. Mr. Biden campaigned as a sober and conventional presence, rather than as an uplifting herald of change. For much of the general election, his candidacy was not an exercise in vigorous creativity, but rather a case study in discipline and restraint.In the end, voters did what Mr. Biden asked of them and not much more: They repudiated Mr. Trump, while offering few other rewards to Mr. Biden’s party. And by a popular vote margin of four million and counting, Americans made Mr. Biden only the third man since the Second World War to topple a duly elected president after just one term. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Steve Smith boos at Lord’s were an ‘Ashes foul’, says Australia’s prime minister

first_imgAustralia’s prime minister Scott Morrison described the booing of Steve Smith at Lord’s as an “Ashes foul” and hopes the batsman can respond to his “hecklers” in the remainder of the series against England.Smith was forced to retire hurt during the fourth day of the second Test at Lord’s after being struck on the neck by a Jofra Archer short ball. “The crowd could learn a thing or two from Steve Smith and I look forward to him answering his hecklers with bat and ball in hand to bring home the Ashes.”Australia survived in the final session at Lord’s to retain their slender 1-0 lead in the series – the third Test starts in Leeds on Thursday.Smith – who has scored 378 runs in the series so far – said during Sunday’s play that he is “hopeful” of being fit to play at Headingley, though will only do so if “100 percent fit”. However, the right-hander returned to the middle later in proceedings, receiving a warm ovation from the majority of the crowd, though a smattering of boos was audible.Eventually dismissed for 92 by Chris Woakes, the former Australia captain played no further part in the remainder of the match. Australia was cleared to use Marnus Labuschagne as a replacement for the 30-year-old on Sunday, with the first concussion substitute in Test history helping the tourists secure a draw with a gritty half-century.In a post on Facebook, Morrison criticized those at the home of cricket who had jeered “champion” Smith on his reappearance from the pavilion on Saturday.20 – This is the first drawn Test in England since June 2016 (Eng v SL); ending a run of 20 matches without one. Wait. #Ashes pic.twitter.com/FU0VnByQM2— OptaJim (@OptaJim) August 18, 2019″A draw for the second Test but it was a total Ashes foul for the crowd at Lord’s to boo Steve Smith,” the politician wrote, as well as posting a picture of Smith sitting inside the famous Lord’s Long Room.”His performance on the pitch during his return to Test Match cricket in the UK demands nothing other than respect.”He’s a champion and has handled the events of the past year with a real humility. I’m extremely proud of Steve Smith, and it’s not just because he comes from the Shire.last_img read more