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Joe Biden elides the tension that existed between He and his father

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April 4, 2021


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A 7,100-square-foot oceanfront home along a tony stretch in Rehoboth Beach is being listed for $9.25 million, becoming the most expensive property on the market in the popular Delaware resort town.

The 10-bedroom, 8-bathroom home at 4 Ocean Drive is located near President Joe Biden’s vacation retreat overlooking Cape Henlopen State Park. Both homes are within the private North Shores community.

The property at 4 Ocean Drive was predominantly rebuilt in 2005 with a small portion of the old home left on site and renovated, said Bryce Lingo, a broker who holds the listing with Shaun Tull, his partner at Jack Lingo Realtor.

The home sits on nearly a half acre and spans four floors with elevator access to each.

A gourmet kitchen is lined with Carrara marble countertops and backsplash, as well as a 12-foot breakfast bar. Two master suites on the top level each offer views of the Atlantic Ocean, private decks, and spa-like master baths with soaking jacuzzi tubs and showers.

“The rooftop deck makes you feel like you can see the world,” said Lingo, adding that on clear days New Jersey is visible across the Delaware Bay.

7,100-square-foot Rehoboth Beach home near Joe Biden’s retreat lists for $9.25M

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Joe Biden launched the early months of his presidency with a one-two combination that’s gone a long way toward taming the party’s restive left wing: Listen a lot, and back many of the policies that activists have long wanted.

The embrace of sweeping liberal ideas is dramatic — with about $2 trillion in coronavirus relief spending passed and another $2 trillion in infrastructure spending proposed, along with new taxes focused on wealthy individuals and companies to help pay for this and additional spending.

Those policies have been paired with steady attention from Biden’s top aides, including Chief of Staff Ron Klain, who are in frequent touch with groups that have long harbored suspicions about the president’s corporate ties and incremental instincts.

How Joe Biden tamed the left — at least for now

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Early on a crisp St. Patrick’s Day 2018, a jet landed at Grand Forks International Airport carrying Joe Biden. Just one year later, he would announce a run for president that eventually would take him to the White House.

Three years ago, though, he was still just former Vice President Joe Biden, arriving in North Dakota on a mission to try to save the Democratic-NPL’s remaining toehold on statewide offices. U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, the party’s final statewide Democrat, was running for re-election, and in deep-red North Dakota, she would need all the help she could get.

When Joe Biden visited Grand Forks in 2018, he didn’t let on he was planning a run for president
Back then, he was a former vice president who hadn’t yet announced a run for the top office. But people remember him as friendly and accessible on St. Patrick’s Day three years ago.

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Biden’s trip took him to the Alerus Center, where the state Democratic Party — technically, the Democratic-Nonpartisan League Party — was hosting its state convention and gearing up for the 2018 midterms. He gave the keynote speech, taking the stage to thunderous applause. He spoke in the kind of folksy, populist political language that, at least for Democrats, made him the man for the moment.

“My dad, we heard him say it once, we heard him say it a thousand times. … He’d say, be a man of your word,” Biden said. “Without your word, you’re not a man.”

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After six long years of legislative wrangling, Joe Biden was on the brink of victory. His historic crime bill was finally moving toward passage. Only one issue stood in his way: a controversial, 10-year federal ban on assault weapons.

“Six years ago, it was guns. Five years ago, it was guns. Four years ago, it was guns. Last night it was guns. This morning it was guns,” Mr. Biden told reporters in August 1994, during end-stage negotiations over the legislation. “And right now, it’s guns. It’s guns, guns, guns, guns.”

Is Biden Missing His Chance on Guns?
President Biden spent decades pushing for gun control. In the early days of his presidency, he’s taking a far less aggressive approach.

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Much of Mr. Biden’s legislative career could be summarized in the same way. For decades, he played a crucial role in major legislative battles over gun control, championing proposals to tighten regulations on guns and their owners. On the campaign trail last year, Mr. Biden proposed the most expansive gun control platform of any presidential candidate in history, promising to reinstate the assault weapons ban, institute a voluntary gun buyback program and send a bill to Congress on his first day in office repealing liability protections for gun manufacturers and closing background-check loopholes.

Yet 73 days into his presidency, with five mass shootings and more than 10,000 gun violence deaths having already occurred this year, Mr. Biden is approaching the issue with far less urgency. Of the more than 50 executive orders and memorandums he has given so far, none have addressed gun control. That bill he promised to send to Congress never arrived. And his use of the bully pulpit to push for new measures has been uneven to nonexistent.

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Less than 24 hours after a shooting rampage last month in Boulder, Colo., that killed 10 people, Mr. Biden promised action, saying he didn’t need to “wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common sense steps” on gun control. When pressed on those measures by reporters two days later, he seemed more comfortable waiting: He quickly dismissed the specifics of his proposals as “a matter of timing,” before making clear that his focus would be the infrastructure bill.

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The president’s son recounts his struggles and his father’s love with honesty – yet still seems blind to glaring political realities

Robert Hunter Biden is not a rock star. Instead, the sole surviving son of Joe Biden – senator, vice-president, president – is a lawyer by training and a princeling by happenstance. Regardless, life on the edge comes with consequences.

Beautiful Things review: Hunter Biden as prodigal son and the Trumpists’ target

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As Hunter Biden grudgingly acknowledges in his memoir, comparisons to Billy Carter, Roger Clinton or the Trump boys, appendages to power who sought to capitalize on proximity, may be apt. Indeed, Biden cops to the possibility that his name might have had something to do with his winding up on third base without hitting a triple.

“I’m not a curio or a sideshow to a moment in history,” he writes, defensively, channeling the mantra of those with parents in high places: “I’ve worked for someone other than my father, rose and fell on my own.”

But Biden is not content to leave well alone. Instead, he announces: “Having a Biden on Burisma’s board was a loud and unmistakable ‘f*ck you’ to Putin.” He protests too much.

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Glossed over by Beautiful Things is that while his overseas venture may have ended up at the heart of Donald Trump’s first impeachment, it also discomforted Barack Obama’s White House. Confronted with Hunter’s foray into Ukraine and the energy business, the 44th president’s spokesman, Jay Carney, declined to express support.

“Hunter Biden and other members of the Biden family are obviously private citizens, and where they work does not reflect an endorsement by the administration or by the vice-president or president,” said Carney, back in 2014.

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Biden also portrays the relationship between his father and the Obama crowd as uneven to say the least. He points a finger at David Axelrod, an Obama counselor who played naysayer to Joe Biden’s chances in 2020, on CNN.

Hunter recounts the aftermath of a conversation between his father and then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton, about Afghanistan: “Goddamnit … Axelrod’s gotten in her ear!”

As for Clinton, Biden elides the tension that existed between his father and the 2016 nominee. It wasn’t just about Obama encouraging Clinton. Back then, Joe Biden was scared of running against her.

In Chasing Hillary, written by Amy Chozick in 2018, Joe Biden is paraphrased as saying to the press, off the record: “You guys don’t understand these people. The Clintons will try to destroy me.” Hell hath no fury like a Clinton crossed.

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The younger Biden’s book shows flashes of his grasp of power politics. But he also demonstrates a continuous blind spot for his own predicament. Confession should not be conflated with self-awareness.

Biden recounts a conversation with Kathleen, his first wife, after the funeral in 2015 of Beau, his brother. He goes so far as to muse about running for office – despite his multiple addictions, all now detailed extensively on the page, and the ups-and-downs of his marriage.

She responds: “Are you serious?”

That Biden even went there is beyond puzzling. Or as he puts it, “I underestimated how much the wreckage of my past and all that I put my family through still weighed on Kathleen.”

This was before Biden commenced an affair with his late brother’s wife.

Hunter possesses little filter. His craving for absolution is hardwired.


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