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This morning, Joe Biden published a video explaining how he understood his behaviour was untoward. There was an important piece missing, however.
“I get it”, three words uttered by Joe Biden in response to the fourth complaint constructed against him, emanating from a two-minute video that substituted an apology with a promise to change course.
Social norms are changing. I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying. Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future. That’s my responsibility and I will meet it. pic.twitter.com/Ya2mf5ODts
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 3, 2019
What was missing, of course, was a meaningful apology. The tone was kept objective, in that Biden crossed over into the realms of “personal space”, and how we now understood that times were different, and indeed, he could be different also, Biden stated in the clip, “…the idea that I can’t adjust to the fact that personal space is important — more important than it’s ever been — is just not thinkable.”
Whether one believes that it was a smear campaign, a blow, or a blow decently endured, is entirely up to your own personal bias. However, in purely evoking his motivations, and indeed, his change of mind (without those who came forward in mind), it subtly marginalises the merit of those who raised their hand in complaint. To Biden, it’s politics. It’s that the game has changed, and indeed, he will have to relearn the rules. “In my career, I’ve always tried to make a human connection — that’s my responsibility I think,” Biden said, “I shake hands, I hug people, I grab men and women by the shoulders and say, ‘You can do this.’”
Later in the clip, Biden said he had “never thought of politics as cold and antiseptic…I’ll always believe governing, quite frankly life for that matter, is about connecting with people. That won’t change. But I will be more mindful and respectful of people’s personal space.”
The lack of an apology indicates a lack of guilt. He’s learning he’s done wrong, because he’s been told it is. While that is the method in which we all learn, but as far as Joe Biden totally getting “it”, I’m not entirely sure, nor am I certain that he’s the only one we should be focusing on.
While Sen. Hirono was talking to reporters about Joe Biden’s video and policy, a male senator walked up, put his hands on a reporter’s shoulders and told Hirono she didn’t have to talk.
Hirono said she wanted to talk and could defend herself, thank you very much.
— Natalie Andrews (@nataliewsj) April 3, 2019