Emotional Intelligence: Joe Biden Unplugged
After the slating Joe Biden’s taken from the RW blogs in the last week or so, with their obviously well-intentioned advice that the Obama campaign should ditch him in favor of Hillary, I finally found the time and headspace to sit down and watch this speech of his to the TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar earlier this year and give it the undivided attention it deserves.
I found it helpful in terms of my own bereavements over the years (and one notable recent near-bereavement).
It also made me realize that one thing I look for in friends is emotional intelligence—and also in leaders, where it’s a very rare commodity. It’s even rarer to be able to express it so eloquently in unscripted words.
Biden’s closing remarks are entirely appropriate for the audience he was addressing, but they did make the old hippy that I am at heart stir.
It’s hard to believe that someone who can display such empathy doesn’t have that inform decisions about whether to send troops into harm’s way, while also recognizing the human cost to those on the receiving end. Or maybe I’m just hopelessly naive.
I haven’t seen any public evidence of such emotional intelligence and capacity for empathy from those who would replace Obama and Biden, though.