As the American people begin the arduous process of choosing the right candidate to back in the 2020 election, there are certain characteristics that we cannot avoid examining within our potential presidents.
We want someone who is both compassionate, yet stern. Classy but relatable. We need a leader who teaches by example, not by brute force.
What we truly desire is someone with a fire in the belly, but who can keep their emotions in check when necessary.
By these standards, former Vice President Joe Biden may have taken himself out of contention with his actions today.
Joe Biden lashed out at an Iowa town hall Thursday after a man suggested the former vice president helped his son get a sweetheart deal in Ukraine and was “selling access” like President Donald Trump does.
The fiery exchange with the man, who only identified himself as a non-Republican Iowa farmer, ended with Biden challenging him to a contest of push-ups, running or an IQ test before he yelled at him.
And then things escalated.
“Get your words straight, Jack!” Biden yelled at one point in a hushed room.
“We all know Trump has been messing around in Ukraine,” the man said before pivoting to Biden.
“You on the other hand sent your son over there to get a job and work for a gas company and [who] had no experience in natural gas,” he said. “You’re selling access to the president just like he is.”
“You’re a damn liar, man. That’s not true. And no one has ever said that,” Biden interjected, walking up to him menacingly.
Not only was Biden’s outburst not very presidential, but it also reeked of defensive posturing and insincerity when what the former VP really needs is a convincing rebuke of these nonstop accusations.