With words, Biden seeks to overturn the image of America – 20/01/2021 – Nelson de Sá

The slogan “Democracy prevailed” took first place in the coverage of the pro-Democrat New York Times and the Washington Post and much of the world news of Joe Biden’s inauguration.

In Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, vehicles of pro-Republican mogul Rupert Murdoch, the reference to democracy fell just below the emphasis on Biden’s call for “unity.” On the show, host Chris Wallace was enthusiastic:

“I’ve heard these speeches since 1961, since John F. Kennedy, ‘Don’t ask.

Biden’s phrase had been used by him on the 6th, for Instagram and other platforms, during the Capitol invasion:

“The world is watching. I am shocked and sad that our nation, so long a beacon of democracy, has reached such a dark time. America will prevail.”

Two weeks later, with the Capitol as a backdrop, his words to the rest of the world tried to be firmer, even threatening:

“The world is watching. So here is my message to those beyond our borders: America has been tested and we have come out stronger. And we will lead, not only by example of our power, but by the power of our example. “

It was not a joke

Newspapers like the Washington Post have used Biden’s other insistent phrase, “The World Is Watching,” as the headline for the repercussions of his inauguration – and Trump’s departure.

In the newspaper, before messages from Pope Francis or Javad Zarif of Iran, the highlight was an ironic meme from Chinese news agency Xinhua, “Have a nice trip, Donald Trump!” (above). The second highlight was for the Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez:

“Five years ago we thought Trump was a bad joke, but five years later we realized he was compromising nothing less than the most powerful democracy in the world.”


Without attention in the main American vehicles, sites like Politico and Guardian reported a survey by the European Council on Foreign Relations, among 15,000 people from 11 European countries, including Germany and France.

In the headlines, “Most Europeans fear Biden may not be able to fix the ‘broken’ US or ‘1 in 3 Europeans say they don’t trust US.’


Specifically, “59% say they think China will be more powerful than the United States in the next ten years.”


The WSJ, Financial Times and others point to the difficulty that Biden and his Senate leader Chuck Schumer will have to approve on issues that require more than a simple majority.

Schumer now commands the agenda, “finally” under Politico, but will have to negotiate step by step with “moderate” senators, to move forward on minor issues.


Senator Bernie Sanders will finally chair the “powerful budget committee”, for the New York Times, which describes him as “the most progressive member of the House”.

He said he would pay attention to “structural problems in American society,” but the newspaper points out that, in his place, Sanders “will have control of a powerful and little-known tool that achieves approval in the world. Senate by simple majority “.


Sanders, 79, became an “instant meme,” according to the Mediaite website, when he appeared wearing gloves from “Vermont grandpa,” his state, in the transmission of possession.

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