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Former Vice President regrets not running for president

by Siomara Germain - Copy Editor
Tue, Apr 4th 2017 10:30 pm
 Photo taken from Bernie Sanders on Twitter

In a recent interview,  former  Vice President Joseph Biden (above) admitted that he regrets not running for president in the 2016 presidential election for the Democratic party. He also claimed that he could have beaten President Donald Trump.
Photo taken from Bernie Sanders on Twitter In a recent interview, former Vice President Joseph Biden (above) admitted that he regrets not running for president in the 2016 presidential election for the Democratic party. He also claimed that he could have beaten President Donald Trump.

 It's safe to say that many people wish that the outcome of the 2016 presidential election was different, that Cheetos-look-alike of a man Donald Trump hadn't been handed the most important job in the country. That a man who can be so blatantly bias, prejudice, selfish and racist didn't just become the president of the United States. But that's exactly what happened. 

A lot of people wish the job should have gone to another person - a more deserving person. Someone who cares about the people and the country. Not someone who is a pathological liar and has taken more vacations in his first five weeks in office than I can count on my right hand. But that's what happened. This poor excuse of a human being, if the leader of our nation's Russian ties allegations are true, has been scheming for a while. 

According to the fivethirtyeight.com article, "Trump Is Beating Previous Presidents At Being Unpopular" by Aaron Bycoffe, Trump's approval rating is lower than any other previous president. This isn't surprising at all because he continuously makes rash decisions based on his personal interests and beliefs, not the interest and beliefs of the people.

Bycoffe stated that "President Trump reached a new low on FiveThirtyEight's job-approval tracker this week, when his approval rating hit 41.3 percent," Bycoffe said. "It's a low for Trump, but how good or bad is a 41 percent approval rating two months into a president's tenure in historical terms?"

The U.S. deserves someone better. Someone who has the experience. Someone who cares about the country, its people, its policies and its allies. Someone who is charismatic. Someone like Joe Biden. That's right. Our former Vice President Joe Biden should have run for president. Maybe all the "b.s." that occurred during the primaries wouldn't have happened if he had. Maybe all the scandals that surrounded Hillary Clinton's campaign wouldn't have mattered. Maybe, but we'll never know. 

Recently, former Vice President Joseph Biden sat down for an interview and expressed how he regretted not running for president. 

According to The Washington Post article, "Joe Biden: 'Do I regret not being president? Yes'" by Avi Selk, Biden expressed how he thought himself "more qualified than any other candidate."

According to Selk, Biden said, "I was fairly confident that if I was the Democratic Party nominee, I had a better-than-even chance of being president." 

Biden recently lost his son and the loss prompted him not to run for president even though his family advised him to do otherwise. 

"The press began to think I was playing a game, but I couldn't tell them about my boy," Biden said. "He wanted me to run ... My son Hunter, my daughter Ashley, my wife, all thought I should."

At the end of the day, Biden could not do it. It's understandable. Grief can do a lot to a person. When someone loses their son, they also lose a part of themselves because they watched them grow and they have protected them since the day they were born. No parent should ever have to experience burying their child. And if Biden wasn't ready, then he wasn't ready, but he regrets not being ready. 

"Do I regret not being president? Yes. Do I regret not running for president, in light of everything that was going on in my life at the time? No," Biden said, according to Selk. 

Biden felt that he wasn't prepared so he didn't take the opportunity. I believe that was an honorable thing to do. Why take a job if you're not ready? Why take a job if your intentions are not pure? Why should millions of people suffer because someone wants to be spiteful? That's exactly what Trump did and is doing and he is not an honorable man. 

"No man or woman should announce for president of the United States unless they can look the public in the eye and say, 'I promise you I am giving 100 percent of my attention and dedication to this effort,'" Biden said, according to Selk. 

Why couldn't our current president take a page from Biden's book? Was it really so hard for him to do?

According to The Guardian article, "Joe Biden: I regret not running for president - because I could have won", Biden hopes Trump grows into the job considering how he spent his first few months in office.

"I don't have a lot of hope now. I hope that he succeeds," Biden said, according to The Guardian

But he's not going to succeed. One can't succeed if they can't take criticism and be open for improvement. He just can't. I, as well as many people, pray every night before we go to bed wishing for his impeachment. 

I strongly believe he'll be out of the White House before the year ends. I'll bet on it.  


sgerm2@brockport.edu

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