I was a fan of Biden from the beginning. When people asked my why, I brought up his experience and policies. I also reminded others that he is a moderate and with that, he could hopefully bring together people from all sides.
One thing, though, that I found myself and other Biden supporters saying was that he is "presidential."
He looks very presidential, or he acts very presidential. When you see him, you think president.
These statements, essentially, are somewhat problematic.
In comparison to President Donald Trump, Joe Biden is very presidential. He does not angrily tweet, and when he speaks, we see the typical suave of a politician. With his glittering smile, he seems to assure prospective voters that the future of America is hopeful. So what could be problematic about saying that he is presidential?
During the 2016 election when I fervently campaigned for Hillary, knocking doors and making phone calls, I often heard this counterargument: Hillary just is not presidential enough.
And when I debated with Democrats and Republicans about Joe Biden's female opponents, I heard these exact words: Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris just aren't presidential. Neither is Amy Klobuchar.
As a female with a deep interest in politics, I am sick of hearing that females are not presidential enough. Perhaps we get this message because history shows us that old white men are presidential, but enough is enough.
It is the 21st century. Is the country finally ready for a female leader?
Kamala Harris marks a pivotal milestone in our country's effort to include women in the political sphere. I am very excited for all that Joe has to offer, but in the 2024 election, I know that I will be casting my vote for a woman.
By Chloe Hunt
Thread: "if you take men out of politics"
Gracean Ratliff '23