Opinion: Why Joe Biden is a man in a hurry
April 2, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 1: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks briefly to the press at the start of a cabinet meeting in the East Room of the White House on April 1, 2021 in Washington, DC. This is the first cabinet meeting of Biden's presidency. It is being held in the East Room rather than the Cabinet Room to accommodate for social distancing due to the coronavirus. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Over 70 days into Biden's presidency, Frida Ghitis writes that the President has moved swiftly to achieve major goals "in his far reaching agenda." Behind his calmed appearance, he's moving at a frenetic pace, writes Ghitis.
She is a frequent opinion contributor to CNN, a contributing columnist to The Washington Post and a columnist for World Politics Review.
(CNN)President Joe Biden may look relaxed, but don't let that deceive you.
Two months into his presidency, Biden has already notched up major achievements in his far-reaching agenda.
He has also reengaged our allies and moved uncommonly fast to nominate a diverse group of federal judges to the bench.
And Biden -- the man Trump frequently derided as "sleepy" -- is just getting started.
His $2 trillion infrastructure proposal is his latest move in what is already one of the most ambitious presidencies in decades.
Why is Biden in such a hurry?
Biden could face the same fate in 2022, especially since Democrats already have a tenuous hold on both chambers of Congress.
At 78, Biden is the oldest president in US history.
As he approaches 80, Biden has a perspective that may not come as quickly to younger politicians who are more focused on short-term victories.
During his first formal press conference last week, Biden talked about the urgency of succeeding in the global contest between democracy and autocracy, and how the US must show it can adjust to a changing world.
It is one of the paradoxes of Biden's presidency that he is trying to secure as many victories as soon as possible, with an eye toward shaping a distant future.
Biden seems to have a particularly acute faith that what he does now may be more fully grasped by future generations.
In the final months of the 2020 campaign, much of Biden's messaging focused on defeating the pandemic.
Biden said from the very start of his presidential bid that he decided to run after neo-Nazis descended on Charlottesville in 2017.
Having seen America drift in a frightening direction, Biden said he intended to "restore the soul of America. "
His presidency is not just about infrastructure or public health, it's about restoring respect for the values the US has sought to advance, however imperfectly, from its founding days: equality, freedom, and an abiding faith in democracy -- all of which were eroded in the past four years.
Biden will inevitably make mistakes and fail to reach some, if not many, of his goals.
But Biden is a man driven.
He's trying to shape the country in a way that will change the course of history -- with lasting reverberations long after he's gone.