WASHINGTON – President Biden did nothing this weekend.
Okay, let’s rephrase: President Biden did nothing Dangerous this weekend.
There were exactly eight tweets, each of which could be described as a reality. Former Republican senator Bob Dole had a trip to spend time with a sick friend. And there was a stop at the church with grandchildren.
Ever since Mr. Biden took over, the weekend featured domesticity – MarioCart with the kids at Camp David, Bagels in Georgetown and football in Delaware. A peloton devotee, he also does not play golf. Mr. Biden’s performance in creating audacious headlines fearlessly emphasizes that the Trump-size hole in Washington has created a sense of free time in all places of the capital. Mentally, if not literally.
Although the workload remains (it is still Washington, after all) people are getting a few more hours of sleep in the interval of time, previously known as weekends.
“It was from working 24/7 that he wasn’t working in a snap,” said Rep. Ted Lieu, a Democrat from California and a House manager about his second impeachment, which Donald J. Trump was prosecuted. -Trial Hour “And it took some time to calm my body and mind.”
Mr. LIU says that he is already working at full speed. Among other things, he is pushing legislation that he says will be written to shut down Mr. Loops, which Mr. Trump has exploited, including a bill that would allow congressional sub-provinces to respond Will create penalties for failing.
But the first, binge watching: Sunday after the trial ended, Mr. Liu spent his first Trump-free hour watching episodes of “Snow Peariser”.
Mr. Biden, who is focusing on his $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, has said he also wants to move on from discussing Mr. Trump. “I don’t want to talk about him anymore,” the president said during a CNN town hall in Wisconsin last week. The reality is a bit different. Mr. Biden repeatedly stated that what he said are the failures of the Trump administration as he sought to win patience from the public during the rollout of coronovirus vaccines.
There is a parallel in the news industry, where journalists covering this new-old version of Washington say they are ready to return to the kind of journalism that does not involve breaking the human mood ring. CNN and MSNBC, whose journalists and personalities have spent years challenging Mr. Trump’s policies, have quietly reduced the number of Trump-focused journalists working on contracts in recent months.
Of course, Trump predicted that the political news complex would be uprooted without him. Members of that complex say they have some room to breathe and plan.
Brian Stelter, a former New York Times reporter, said, “As the host of the weekly show, the president’s absence of Twitter scandals means that I can plan with the hope that our plan will actually apply.” C.n.n. “Informally, we used to leave a five-minute size hole in our Sunday show, which was expected to bring some kind of big news on Saturday night. Now we do not believe that this is going to happen now.
Other journalists say they welcome renewed attention to policy.
“A linear policy-making process, it’s still interesting,” said Jake Sherman, a Politico veteran and founder of Punchbone News. “When you are convinced that a rotating cast of characters is not going to change the course of the American government, it is a relaxed thought.”
Olivia Nuzzi, a Washington correspondent for New York magazine, said she is reconnecting her relations with the White House – in particular, the idea that the current president is interested in undermining his own press officials and policy experts Is not.
- Georgia legislators want to restrict popular voting methods among Democrats.
- Lloyd Austin addressed a viral video about sexual harassment in the Marine Corps.
- The House Budget Committee revealed a 600-page, $ 1.9 trillion economic relief bill.
This weekend, Ms. Nuzzi said, she was also surprised to learn that Mr. Biden had gone to church quietly. She Realizing how much she was paying attention to Mr. Trump’s every move, just in the same situation she maintained the news cycle on impulse.
“It is becoming clear how each day, how much she felt during that period, how she felt,” Ms. Nuzzi said, “and our daily lives focused on that. . “
Outside the untouched world of politics and media, there is no normalcy to return. Washingtonians do not have to hang on to every word of the president, they are still struggling to adjust to life in a city where the Capitol and White House are essentially militarized, and where coronoviruses and Both civil vestages have led to the development of daily life.
Chef and Centrolina owner Amy Brandwein has seen brunch-goers return to the city on weekends, but she and other restaurateurs have been struggling for almost a year to regain lost business due to the epidemic.
She It is also feared that political upheaval will continue. Ms Brendwyn said the violence on January 6 at the Capitol delayed her plans to install outdoor bubble-like structures to provide a socially distant dining option. She It is estimated to have lost about $ 200,000 during the occupation because it had to shut down due to protests that attracted the Proud Boys and other extremist groups.
Mr. Trump may leave the capital, but he worries that his supporters will still endanger his employees and his business. “I wonder about safety in the city or in DC generally,” she said, “because the Trump movement still continues.”
As Washington staggers to its feet, it is clear that Mr. Trump is happy to get someone’s dream more sleep than suddenly.
He Has released a news release through its post-presidency office whose goals include not only the entire Democratic Party, but also Republican leader Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. He Has sat down for interviews on Fox News, repeating conflicting or untrue theories about his electoral losses that colleagues such as Sean Hannity have refused to challenge.
And in Mar-a-Lago, his fort by the sea, Mr. Trump still expects the entire crowd to stand and clap on the dinner courtyard, as when he was in office.
Other Republicans have filled the void left by Mr. Trump’s low profile. A good part of last week was devoted to the Washington squabbling class around an old-fashioned political scandal, as if it were a hot campfire: Texas Senator Ted Cruz Cancun – absconding to Cancun! – While their constituents suffered during snowfall and blackout. The Cruise prank was perhaps the toughest sign yet in a new political era: Mr. Trump was not meant to cover Mr. Cruz instinctively by turning the spotlight on himself.
But supporters of the former president – with his scheduled address at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Fla., On Sunday – are hoping to end their relative silence.
Radio host and frequent Mar-a-Lago visitor Wayne Ellin Root said that Mr. Trump lived up to Republicans’ hopes of becoming a “kingmaker” for the party in 2022 if he himself did not become a 2024 candidate.
“He Time is needed to heal, “said Mr. Root,” and I think time is about to run out. “
Meanwhile, a battered and suppressed capital has adjusted to life at a quiet pace, replacing ambiguity, characters, and ambiguity with quiet movements and words that shaped how the days were spent. Buggels over Bannon. Grandson on Golf. On the church covife.
Historian Michael Beschlaus said that it would take some time to read the idea that presidents generally do not rate their hour-to-hour existence on how much headlines they can generate.
“It is human nature to defend themselves, people locked in a caring car with a careless driver will have their eyes open and heart racing, with plenty of adrenaline flowing,” Mr. Beschloss said. “I hope that for most Americans, that car ride has stopped now, and we can hold and hold our breath.”