OK, we expected some sappy takes on Valentine’s Day, but Politico decided to consult the experts on Joe and Jill Biden’s public displays of affection and reflect on how they’re restorative to a nation that’s yearning to get back to normal.
On a mission to rebuild institutional norms and help heal a hurting nation, Joe and Jill Biden are trying something novel after four years of the Trumps: a little tendernesshttps://t.co/6VRltMBtzp
— POLITICO (@politico) February 14, 2021
“After four years of the Trumps” … Donald Trump is like crack to these people.
So, what do the historians and relationship experts say?
Dr. Lara Brown, director of the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University, described the Trumps as “famously cool,” citing the several times the former first lady appeared to yank her hand away from her husband in public.
The Bidens, by contrast, “want very much to help the country back from what I think the Trump administration continually conveyed,” Brown said, “which was that relationships and all of the presidency is transactional rather than transformational.”
A president’s bearing and rhetoric are “like the background music to the country,” Brown argued — and PDA can be a key part of that soundtrack.
What’s funny is the article also states that their interactions are representative of “the new president’s self-proclaimed ‘tactile’ style of interpersonal communication” — a style so tactile that Biden couldn’t kick off his presidential campaign without first posting a video declaring that he’d learned about respecting personal space.
The hard-hitting journalism continues.
— Kevin Hernandez (@kevinh85) February 14, 2021
— George B Baccash (@mrgbb) February 14, 2021
Joe definitely likes to show PDA….. #sniff
— Kevin™ 🦅 (@The_K_Cichon) February 15, 2021
I’m sure all the pipeline workers and everyone else he has screwed with EO’s feels thoroughly tenderized
— Shane Rolf (@ShanesBail) February 14, 2021
Nothing like federally funded abortions to show their tenderness.
— Texas13245 (@texas13245) February 14, 2021
The media is showing its insane biases with fluff articles like this.
— This guy. (@marleyma77) February 14, 2021
Quality journalism. Dr. Jill looks more like a nurse caring for a patient than a wife.
— Dr. Scot (@slraider) February 14, 2021
— asmacarthur (@asmacarthur) February 14, 2021
— ULEN_KARAZKOS 🇺🇸 (@karazkos) February 14, 2021
PDA??? Man…. She's just waking him up
— Amd (@NUfan667) February 15, 2021
If political journalists want to maintain a martyrdom complex regarding Trump disrespecting their industry, maybe they should stop creepily covering the Bidens like a royal family. Attaching national importance to politicians' PDA is fucking pathetic and a loud cry for help.
— samuelclemens (@samuelclemens55) February 15, 2021
Bahahahaha…did you just post a story about Biden's PDA problem? Well done Politico! pic.twitter.com/D7IjdzBjV5
— dd-dawgpound (@49d28432aed34e4) February 14, 2021
— Big B (@blaubaugh) February 14, 2021
Let the fluffing begin
— Not So Tiny Tim (@Mfs27280146) February 14, 2021
I think she’s just trying to keep him from falling over
— Shari Franklin (@shariaf) February 14, 2021
That will make the country better. I heard Nero was affectionate to his wife while he fiddled and watched Rome burn. I guess this is the same thing.
— Wake Up America (@KuhlmannBill) February 14, 2021
Can you people slow down on the salad tossing of commies? Just a little? Take a little pride in your work. Be a cuck with a purpose. It’s not a good look being this submissive.
— Deez_Nutzzz (@QuistJim) February 14, 2021
She’s always near by to bail him out of question he can’t comprehend
— Jay Biden Lied (@JayFosterSavage) February 14, 2021
‘This is … weird’: President Biden gets a little flirtatious with a nurse during virtual COVID-19 vaccination site visit https://t.co/yFpXpt9z7H
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 8, 2021