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  • Our world now needs stories of inclusion and unity

    In the last post of 2020, I remarked that Joe Biden had positively impressed me with a powerful personal story during his first public interview after the election. Indeed, that autobiographical anecdote—one of the very few I have seen from the president-elect, left me hopeful that he would continue to use this device after he takes office on January 20.

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  • A veritable story of identity from the incoming president! 

    Last time, I stated that I had not seen any true examples of “leading by autobiography” on the part of Joe Biden. While the president-elect did tell some personal anecdotes in the closing weeks of the campaign, I did not observe any attempt to use such tales as instruments for explaining the origins of his core values and beliefs. Then,

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  • Is Joe Biden better than Hillary was at telling stories of identity?

    Recently, a fair number of people in my world have asked about how I now see Joe Biden’s use of personal stories. Some were quick to point out that the president-elect had indeed put some personal detail into his public discourse, particularly in the final weeks of the campaign. For example, he told of growing up in a working class Pennsylvania neighborhood.

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  • What kinds of stories can Joe Biden use now?

    Since our last post, it has become clear to nearly everyone that Mr Biden will soon be president. This election result brought forth a number of compelling questions from my readers. One of these was from someone who asked if I thought stories of identity would remain a useful tool for a man moving from candidate to president. Another person

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  • Political discourse and the power of storytelling

    As it happens, I am writing this on US election day. Since readers are still encouraging me to continue writing along my current political line, I have watched a bit more news than usual over the past few weeks. In particular, I paid some attention to Joe Biden as he spoke out about some of his views on policy. Mostly though,

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  • My apolitical commentary about politics

    Our previous post put forth the case that Joe Biden would be well served by making effective use of his personal stories. In addition, I promised to propose some general ideas about the types of stories the candidate could use to help him connect with voters. Before proceeding though, and based on the many reactions of readers to my recent

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