President-elect Joe Biden has been declared the winner of the presidential election in Arizona, bringing his total in the Electoral College to 290 votes. A hand recount ordered by state officials in Georgia will almost certainly confirm Biden’s win in that state as well.
Ever since he burst onto the scene with an upset Senate victory in 1972, Joe Biden has been a power player in Washington and on the world stage, and it's widely agreed that he will bring an unparalleled depth of executive and legislative experience to the job of president.
In his nearly fifty-year career in public service, Joe Biden has played influential leadership roles in the US Senate and served eight years as vice-president in Barack Obama's White House. Along the way, he has also endured deep personal losses and high-profile political disappointments, events that have given Mr. Biden a humility and an empathy for others in hardship uncommon in career politicians.
Today on Midday, New Yorker Magazine staff writer and veteran journalist Evan Osnos joins Tom for the hour to talk about what kind of president Joe Biden will be. Osnos -- a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award and a fellow at The Brookings Institution -- has written an unstinting and revelatory biography of the president-elect, called Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now.
Evan Osnos comes to us on Zoom.