FFive years ago, Joe Biden made Stephen Colbert a solid by appearing as a guest in the first week of his new Last show– Barely a few months after the death of her son Beau – and revealing his soul to the host about his agonizing decision to finally give up running for president of this cycle.
Now that he is officially president-elect, Biden has returned to The late show Thursday night alongside his wife, Jill Biden, for their first joint interview since the election. Or rather, Colbert came up to them, traveling to Wilmington, Delaware, for an appropriate remote in-person interview with the first couple entering.
After opening with a Colbert Report-Style back “Know a Delaware better,” the host began his interview with the president-elect with a lay-up: “What is President Biden going to put in the world?”
Faced with a “divided nation and a world in disarray,” Biden said he plans to announce that “America is back” in terms of diplomacy and make this country more “united” as opposed to politics. “Dirty and vicious and personal and nasty” of the Trump era.
When asked if he takes “personally” the fact that so many Republicans have yet to acknowledge his electoral victory, Biden said he understands they are in a “difficult situation”. Speaking specifically of Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), he added: “Lindsey was a personal disappointment because I was a personal friend of his,” before insisting that he will be ready to work for Republican lawmakers once Trump leaves office for good next month. .
Biden even held out some sort of olive branch to President Trump, claiming that “what he has done to advance the vaccine has been positive.” But, he then quickly added, “Overall he has been a president who has decided that the way he is successful is to divide us.”
In other areas, such as the COVID-19 crisis, Colbert pushed his guest to explain how he plans to meet his stated goal of 100 million inoculations in his first 100 days and what he plans to hold Russia accountable for the attack on the US elections. .
When Jill Biden joined in the next segment, Colbert brought up the bizarre controversy surrounding her doctorate, which jumped out of the the Wall Street newspaper Opinion page on Fox News’s prime-time programming this week.
“It was such a surprise!” she said, explaining that it was “really the tone” that surprised her. “One of the things I’m most proud of is my doctorate. I mean, I worked so hard for it. When Colbert suggested that she take this as a compliment that anyone can think of to criticize her, it’s the “Dr” before her name, she laughed and said, “OK, I’ll take it that way. . “
The host also later asked the president-elect how he was handling the attacks on his son, Hunter Biden, which have barely slowed down since the campaign ended and will inevitably remain a “club” against him once he is. President.
“We have great confidence in our son,” Joe Biden said. “I am not concerned about the charges against him.” He called the attacks “foul play” but added: “It is what it is. And he’s a grown man. He’s the smartest man I know in terms of pure intellectual ability. And as long as he’s good, we’re good.
“As a father, I understand that and I admire that,” Colbert said. “But I mean in terms of your job as president, can you reach across the aisle to people who will use this as an attack on you when it comes to a personal attack,” because it’s a family issue? ”
Biden said that “if it benefits the country” then he will do whatever he needs to do, adding, “I really mean it.”
When Colbert replied, “You’re a better man than I am, I’m not sure I can do that,” Biden said, “Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean I’m not angry, is It doesn’t mean that I wasn’t angry and if I was back in high school I wouldn’t say “come here” and take a walk.
“But you have to take the high road,” Jill Biden added.
“Americans, I think they can smell the noise, feel what’s real and what isn’t,” added optimistic Joe Biden. He explained that he “felt bad” for Republicans who attacked him because of his son to show his loyalty to Trump.
As Jill Biden pointed out, “the people we thought were our friends.”
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