Issues & Insights
(YouTube screenshot)

Joe Biden And Offensive Moments In Self-Regard

Joe Biden capped off another rotten week of his sinking presidency saying he hopes his legacy “is that I restored the soul of this country.” His dementia might be relatively new, but he’s been a raging narcissist throughout his public life. Who does he think he is, Barack Obama? Or maybe even the Almighty?

In an interview Saturday, Biden also said that he wanted to be remembered for returning “some decency and honor to the office” and bringing “the middle class back to a place where they had real opportunity.” We might take on those delusions another time, but for now, we want to focus on his irksome comment about restoring the soul of America. 

First of all, it’s not the president’s job to heal the nation’s spirit. Of course presidents can, and some certainly have, done damage to their country. Count Biden among them.

An embarrassing botched retreat from Afghanistan. Carter-era inflation. Short on jobs. Lagging incomes. Confidence down, dissatisfaction up. Bitter political and cultural divisions. We are without question worse off today in so many ways than we were before he took office last year. Biden has done nothing to boost Americans’ outlooks, but he’s done quite enough to pare them down.

Second, who says the country’s soul needed to be restored anyway? We are sharply divided, yes. (A process that Democrats and the media set fire to after the 2016 election.) But we are not sheep who need to be led around by a politician, so weak and dim-witted that we cannot find our own way.

Biden’s comment was truly offensive. It would have been offensive had a Republican made a similar comment. This nation, more than any other, is made up of individuals, most of whom understand that the government has become a more destructive force than it’s ever been. When politicians and media types were calling on Obama to be the national daddy and confusing “the chief executive with an all-powerful father‐​protector,” the Cato Institute’s Gene Healy wrote in 2010 that “the results are likely to be bad policy and an increasingly imperial presidency.” That’s not healthy.

We need less of presidents and federal lawmakers and more of the tens of millions of Americans who keep this country moving. Restoring souls is not in any federal job description. That’s up to each of us, with the help of a much higher power.

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

We Could Use Your Help

Issues & Insights was founded by seasoned journalists of the IBD Editorials page. Our mission is to provide timely, fact-based reporting and deeply informed analysis on the news of the day -- without fear or favor.

We’re doing this on a voluntary basis because we believe in a free press, and because we aren't afraid to tell the truth, even if it means being targeted by the left. Revenue from ads on the site help, but your support will truly make a difference in keeping our mission going. If you like what you see, feel free to visit our Donations Page by clicking here. And be sure to tell your friends!

You can also subscribe to I&I: It's free!

Just enter your email address below to get started.


I & I Editorial Board

The Issues and Insights Editorial Board has decades of experience in journalism, commentary and public policy.


  • Satan telling us he’s in the soul saving business now. Fits right in with every crazy evil thing going on in the world.

  • God Bless America and God Bless the Duly Elected President of the United States of America 🇺🇸 President Donald J. Trump!🇺🇸

  • I agree with this. I don’t need healing, I am not sick!! Biden does see himself as the perfect leader because no one is telling him otherwise. He doesn’t read these articles, he is hiding under a rock in Delaware, his safe space. He IS following in Obama’s, and Clinton’s footsteps, after all isn’t that where the money is? They/he is concerned with one thing Money and the Power that it gives them; everything else, including us, does not exist for them. We Don’t Mattter.

About Issues & Insights

Issues & Insights is run by the seasoned journalists behind the legendary IBD Editorials page. Our goal is to bring our decades of combined journalism experience to help readers understand the top issues of the day. We’re doing this on a voluntary basis, because we believe the nation needs the kind of cogent, rational, data-driven, fact-based commentary that we can provide. 

We Could Use Your Help

Help us fight for honesty in journalism and against the tyranny of the left. Issues & Insights is published by the editors of what once was Investor's Business Daily's award-winning opinion pages. If you like what you see, leave a donation by clicking on donate button above. You can also set up regular donations if you like. Ad revenue helps, but your support will truly make a difference. (Please note that we are not set up as a charitable organization, so donations aren't tax deductible.) Thank you!
%d bloggers like this: