Leaded by the pandemic, the victory in mute Joe Biden

Plombée par la pandémie, la victoire en sourdine de Joe Biden

In front of thousands of people supercharged, Barack Obama had celebrated, moved, the beginning of an adventure “historic”. Under a thunderous applause, Hillary Clinton had hailed a “turning point” that saw her become the first woman candidate for a major american party.

Joe Biden, himself, has marked his victory in the democratic primary by a press release and a few remarks broadcast online from the basement of his house, where he is confined due to the coronavirus.

“You remember the night when Obama snatched the nomination and a democrat?”, launched this week, Dan Pfeiffer, ex-advisor to the democratic president to another former team, in their podcast “the Pod Save America”.

“We had a big party, and it was great, we were all together, president Obama gave a speech in Minnesota”. The man who would become the first black president of the United States had launched in front of the jubilant crowd: “This evening (Friday), we mark the end of a historical adventure and the beginning of another”.

“For us, this was marked by the launch of his campaign,” presidential, concluded Dan Pfeiffer.

But for Joe Biden, not of speech, conqueror, no staging victorious. The time, anxiety-provoking, is not well suited.

The former vice-president just yet, at 77 years of age, to win in the democratic primary, a victory that is sharper and faster against senator Bernie Sanders that those of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

The gaze fixed toward the camera, with its library in the background, the man in his seventies had a few words on Wednesday evening for his “friend” Bernie Sanders, before turning quickly to the questions of voters on the pandemic, at a conference broadcast on the internet.

Since then, he has commented on Twitter about the crisis and called to fight, on 3 November, Donald Trump in which he address, each day, a list of questions about the pandemic just before the press conference of the republican president.

But he struggles to get a place in the media.

“We live in a time of highly unusual and this has put the campaign on mute” said David Lublin, a political science professor at the American University. Not only because all the meetings have been cancelled since mid-march, but Joe Biden has to, to be heard, do it “competition at the president but also to the international crisis of the Covid-19” which occupies the front pages of newspapers.

Advantage of the “low profile”

Could not do more, move around, meet with the nursing staff?

“I am sure that he and his team continue to think about what he could do” in these times unpublished, ” says AFP David Lublin.

Joe Biden is expected to receive the official support of Barack Obama still very popular among democrats, and whose rare public speech will not fail to have a great echo.

In the meantime, it gives interviews from the tv studio installed in his basement. He said in early April that his online speech, primarily centered on the epidemic, had been seen by “20 or 30 million people”.

Face it, Donald Trump ensures all-day, long beaches to live on the major cable-news channels, with press conferences on the crisis of the sars coronavirus which attacks the United States.

His long interventions, however, could end up harming him.

Not listed among his detractors usual, the Wall Street Journal comes to regret his “briefings wasted” by the “show, boring” for his jousting angry with journalists.

The crisis of the coronavirus allows, on the contrary, the veteran political Joe Biden, whose lives have been shaken by personal tragedies, “put forward two of his strengths: his skill with his knowledge of the functioning of the government, and empathy”, according to David Lublin.

Already well-known Americans, receiving a slight advance on Donald Trump in the national surveys, Joe Biden could, ironically, have any interest to make” low profile”, adds Miles Coleman, a political analyst at the university of Virginia.

“Biden is obviously not a perfect candidate, he has his faults”, he said to the AFP.

“It seems that the democrats would be better off if they made this election a referendum on Trump rather than a choice between two candidates”.

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