Is Joe Biden ready for a turbo presidency?

His inaugural address described a country in crisis. He should govern like it.

President Biden.
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It's over. Donald Trump is a private citizen, and Joe Biden is president. As Biden made clear in his inauguration address Wednesday, however, the United States is in deep trouble. "We face an attack on our democracy, and on truth, a raging virus, a stinging inequity, systemic racism, a climate in crisis, America's role in the world. Any one of these would be enough to challenge us in profound ways," he said. "It's time for boldness, for there is so much to do."

Yet in his first acts as president, Biden has so far not displayed the kind of aggressive action necessary to really tackle the problems he mentioned. He's made a start, but he will have to go much, much further.

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