Jon Stewart reunited with his former Daily Show colleague and current Late Show host, Stephen Colbert tonight. Of course the big topic of discussion was the 2020 election. While Stewart admitted that Joe Biden was not his first choice in the Democratic primary, Stewart brought up something that I always felt was Biden’s strongest trait that perfectly sums why Biden is the leader this country needs now more than ever:
Stewart then spoke of the nation’s pain right now ― and pain is something Biden very much understands.Biden’s first wife, Neilia Hunter Biden, was killed in a traffic accident that also claimed the life of their baby daughter and left their two sons badly injured. One of those sons, Beau Biden, died of brain cancer in 2015.“When I see Biden past the shtick, I see a guy who knows what loss is, who knows grief,” he said. “And I think that that kind of grief humbles you.”Stewart said it leads to humility, “and what I think in this moment this country needs is a leader of humility.”
“American exceptionalism is not a title, like you were Miss America 1937 and you’ll always be Miss America 1937. It takes effort and work to maintain. And if you treat it as a fait accompli it will erode and you will lose it. And we are seeing that erosion.
“We are fearful, and we are angry, and we are in pain.
“When I see Biden, past the schtick, I see a guy who knows what loss is. Knows grief. And I think that kind of grief humbles you.
“There’s a humility to the randomness of tragedy that brings about a caring that can’t be faked, can’t be contrived.
“And I think in this moment what this country needs is a leader of humility.”
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