Comparisons are inevitable.
Every hour and every day, now in the beginning of the new administration, in all matters both great and small, comparisons will be made between Trump and Biden – naturally. It’s only human.
What has changed in the style and ethos of power? What did Biden do differently – and for the better – compared to Trump on the big issues: the coronavirus, the economy, the divisions in society, the country's relations with the rest of the world?
The first messages are positive. But only a few days have passed.
A humble piece of advice to Biden’s people:
Concentrate on your mission, not what your opponents do or say. People will judge you based on how capable you are, how effective you are in dealing with the huge problems facing the country.
People know what Trump was saying and how he was behaving. People know what Trump did and did not do. You do not need to remind them. It will take a long time before they are forgotten.
Blaming Trump and continuing to spotlight his mistakes and lies will have the effect of merely provoking reactions, making more difficult the great challenge of restoring the unity of the country. You will be playing his game.
Here is where you will be judged: your effectiveness. Your ability to solve problems.
And one more thing: let's not nullify, all of us, everything that Trump did. He did some things right too. He could not have been all wrong. That is not possible.
Let’s give credit where it is due. It will make your criticisms more credible. Ιt will be to your benefit.
Look: Trump's big problem is his character. And in this matter there can be no comparison with Biden. This is a huge comparative advantage.
On the other hand, despite the very high expectations that exist, one cannot expect miracles from Biden. It will take time for members of his cabinet to be approved by Congress. So far only one has been approved. It will take time for them and the new officials at the various departments to address what their predecessors have left behind.
Of course, time is pressing hard. People are dying at a faster rate than ever before.
The death toll has already exceeded 400,000. More than the number of American soldiers who were killed during World War II.
Nevertheless, a large percentage of vaccines remain in refrigerators. Millions of people do not have jobs. They have no money to pay their rent. Small companies, restaurants, barbershops, florists, and other businesses are closing permanently, one after the other.
So let us all, fans and non-fans alike, show some patience and give Biden at least a little credit and some time. Let us all make an effort of unity. In the Greek-American community and in broader society. Let the next four years not be wasted. We no longer have this luxury.
Let's give him a chance to surprise us positively or negatively.
We owe it to the country. But also to ourselves.