Inauguration Day was the easy part, now come the challenges for Biden

Now comes hard part.

President Joe Biden involves power at any given time once the U . s . States faces more challenges, and much more threats, than possibly anytime in the history.

Is that this hyperbole? Abraham Lincoln subsequently had the Civil War, an enormous insurrection that required 750,000 resides in 4 years. In 2021 terms, that’s 11 million people. Clearly nothing compares with this. Yet Lincoln subsequently didn’t face, simultaneously, an expansionist China, Russian cyber hacking, Iranian crazies, or perhaps an erratic North Korea that states it’s missiles that threaten the continental U . s . States.

Nor did Lincoln subsequently suffer from global warming. Which crazy picture of that traitor waving a Confederate flag within the Capitol throughout the Jan. 6 insurrection? That never happened throughout the Civil War.

Economic disaster facing Biden

Could it be hyperbole to check what Biden has inherited using what faced Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933? The Truly Amazing Depression was well going ahead, unemployment hit 24.9%, and millions of Americans lost their houses. “Brother are you able to spare a cent?” requested a very common song. Couple of could. The state unemployment today – 6.7% – isn’t anywhere near that. However this is deceitful. A wider Labor Department way of measuring unemployment, which some economists say better reflects the real health from the U.S. labor pressure is 11.7%. Less than 1933, Still, here’s another sobering data:

2020 was the worst year for job losses since 1939.

Food insecurity threatens some 50 million Americans, together with a potential 17 million children.

Americans who’re hungry and/or unemployed? This weakens us and crimps our future, and therefore is really a national security threat. I possibly could provide much more examples here, however, you understand.

And also the threats that will rear their ugly heads later within the 1930s – Nazi Germany and Japan – weren’t on FDR’s radar as he was sworn in. Cyber attacks? Hypersonic missiles? Global warming? No, no, with no. “The only factor we must fear,” our 32nd president famously stated in the first inaugural address, “is fear itself.” Possibly.

In Roosevelt’s time – nearly a hundred years ago – two great oceans protected us from invasion. This certainly isn’t the situation now. Sept. 11 demonstrated that is the situation twenty years ago, and fears of the “cyber 9/11” keep U.S. security planners awake during the night now. Our electric grid, communication and financial systems and much more, each one is stated to become vulnerable with techniques that many Americans cannot start to fathom.

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Complicating all this for the 46th president is really a broad swath from the public that’s been so completely brainwashed and deluded, they really believe the crackpot conspiracy theories our former president spent years distributing, and which senior leaders in the own party eagerly repeated. Repeating then too were assorted college dropouts masquerading as oracles on fact-free cable channels and also the radio airwaves. The harm they’ve done is incalculable.

Attempting to heal deep damage

Biden has stated he wants to become a healbot and uniter. That’s an excellent sentiment. However, many Americans – we had some on Jan. 6 – are most likely beyond redemption. They’re cop killers and insurrectionists. In the second Inaugural address in 1865, Lincoln subsequently spoke from the need “to bind in the nation’s wounds,” however this burst of eloquence came after 4 years of war that worked vengeance to such traitors.

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And That I haven’t even pointed out the threat that’s in the forefront for Biden: the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s worse than ever before. On Tuesday, Inauguration eve, the U.S. dying toll passed 400,000, based on Johns Hopkins College. Incoming White-colored House Chief of Staff Ron Klein stated on CNN over the past weekend that another 100,000 Americans could perish within the next couple of days, lifting the dying toll over half-a-million.

Obama has vowed 100 million vaccinations in 100 days. We have to hope he succeeds. We have to hope also, he succeeds at managing the rest of the dangers we face: Overseas, homegrown, man-made – unparalleled in scope and variety.

Paul Brandus may be the founder and White-colored House bureau chief of West Wing Reports and part of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors. His latest book is “Jackie: Her Transformation from First Lady to Jackie O.” Follow him on Twitter: @WestWingReport