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Washington Post columnist James Hohmann claimed on Friday that Britain’s newly crowned King Charles III could learn from President Biden’s “example” of leadership.
While comparing the two men, the column argued that both “see themselves as a bulwark against the forces trying to overthrow all they stand for” and “each grapples with unfavorable comparisons to their predecessor”.
“One man worked his way to the top. The other was born into a dynasty,” Hohmann began, referring to Biden and then Charles. He added: “One man is an Irish Catholic who keeps a rosary in his pocket. The other lost his favorite great-uncle in an IRA terrorist attack.
However, despite these differences, the Post writer argued that “the pair may find they have a lot in common, at least right now”, when they meet at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday.
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“The two septuagenarians each see themselves as a bulwark against forces trying to overthrow everything they stand for. Biden says he ran for president because of violence in Charlottesville and sets the stage to run again in 2024 to save democracy from former President Donald Trump,” Hohmann explained.
He added that “Charles must fend off separatist movements in Scotland, Northern Ireland and across the Commonwealth while his country’s government faces the continuing challenges of Brexit, which was an ill-conceived economic divorce from Europe.” .
Along with hailing Biden and Charles as stalwarts against alleged Trump and Brexit threats, the columnist observed, “Both men know what waiting is.” He noted that “Charles has always been a stand-in, the oldest person to come to the British throne in the millennial history of the royal family”, while “Biden is the oldest president in the history of the States United and came to the presidency on his third try, overcoming daunting odds and doubts from his own party.”
Beyond that, Hohmann pointed out, “Each grapples with unfavorable comparisons to his predecessor. Charles seems doomed never to be as popular as Elizabeth II, just as Biden chafes under the aura of awe that still surrounds former President Barack Obama (at least Democrats). Both must now exercise unusual self-discipline to succeed as heads of state.”
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Alluding to the scandals swirling around Hunter Biden and the Royal Family’s falling out with Prince Harry, the columnist mentioned how “the two have a complex relationship with their youngest son”.
Hohmann also touted their environmental activism: “Both are green – or, at least, greenish. actually helped to catapult his early political career.”
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After noting how “Biden and Charles are likely transitional figures,” Hohmann concluded his article by asking, “The biggest lesson the American can offer the Briton now? Responding to his own question, the columnist said, “More indulgence. Biden has been dismissed as a political force many times during his long career, including just a few months ago. old example of how to play the long game. It’s something a 73-year-old player, starting out as king, can believe in.