Rachel Maddow praised Joe Biden Tuesday night for not delaying stimulus checks – as the embarrassed ex-President Donald Trump did last year – so that his name could be printed on it.
"The White House announced today that President Biden has no plans to put his name on any check if those checks run out," Maddow said. "It's really not his style. It's obviously a minor matter for a president to do such a thing."
Of course, Trump did exactly what last year slowed the process of sending out stimulus checks by several days.
Maddow suggested that perhaps Biden should put his name on the checks to remind the American people "which party made this possible and which party all voted against".
"If I were a Democratic President, I'd put my name on this check with a large hologram so it would glow when you opened the envelope," she said.
The White House announced that Biden would not include his name in the $ 1,400 stimulus checks. Rachel Maddow said that maybe he should have done it so the American people could remember "which party made this possible and which party everyone voted against". #maddow pic.twitter.com/W9JVejvoXL
– PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) March 10, 2021
The White House announced today that President Biden has no plans to put his name on any check if those checks run out. And you know that, should probably come as no surprise. It's really not his style. It is obviously a minor matter for a president to do such a thing. But honestly, as I get older and have more and more years of Republican governance, I get smaller and smaller about these things. Just because Republican presidents put their names on everything. Democratic presidents are the ones who are all humble. If I were a Democratic President I would also put my name on this check with a large hologram so it would glow when you opened the envelope. I would make it like one of those note cards that would play a song when you pulled it out of the envelope and it would sing my name. Bling at you, it would sing to you. I would do everything. I would put sequins on that thing. It would be about remembering which party made this possible and which party all voted against it. But like I said, as I develop an increasingly severe case of O-L-D, I'm getting smarter and smaller every day, and Biden doesn't. That's why someone like him is president and nobody asks me about these things. Get petty for once. It's okay. This is a big deal, as someone once said.
This is what an adult presidency looks like
During Donald Trump's four-year publicity stunt presidency, the American people got used to having a commander in chief who acted like an attention-grabbing toddler.
It was natural to do much-needed stimulus checks for one's own vanity.
Biden, on the other hand, takes a different approach by simply doing the job promised and letting the results speak for themselves.
Joe Biden is about to pass a historic bailout that will bring relief to millions of Americansand he does so without having to put his name on it.
This is what an adult presidency looks like.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama's presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.