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Biden’s not ‘meh’ — he’s the anti-Trump

President Joe Biden stops outside at York High School and is greeted by a child and his mother on May 3 in Yorktown, Va.
President Joe Biden stops outside at York High School and is greeted by a child and his mother on May 3 in Yorktown, Va.Evan Vucci/Associated Press

Re “At 100 days, Biden is competent on COVID-19, but otherwise ‘meh’ ” (Opinion, April 27): Words do matter. Joan Vennochi’s description of President Biden’s first 100 days left me with a resounding “meh” in my ears.

Vennochi suggests that as president, Donald Trump had the passion Joe Biden lacks. Is she referring to Trump’s use of profanity to describe grabbing women’s private parts? Or his defiant refusal to wear a mask while deaths in the nation piled up, filling hospitals and crematoriums with non-mask-wearers?

Have we reached a place in the 21st century where we read outspoken lies, denials, and insults as passionate, and sophisticated, careful phrasing and insight as “meh”?

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Or do we embrace a president like Biden, who is governed by reason, not hysteria, and who could more accurately be described as a “mensch”?

In his first 100 days, President Biden has addressed infrastructure needs, the economy, and climate change, among many other problems. Vennochi writes, “He’s saving lives — but he’s not making any hearts race with excitement.” My suggestion is if she wants excitement, watch the Red Sox play.

Carol A Bistrong

Ipswich


Give me “meh” any day over “argh” (like Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”), which we had to suffer through the past four years.

Karen Ruecker

Lynnfield