Let the sunshine in
Since the election, I have increasingly felt more normal. The final straw was when the current administration signaled it would cooperate in the transition. Then on top of that, President-Elect Joe Biden started making appointments to his cabinet, and it appears to be a group who are thoughtful, kind, competent, honest — and logical —people.
It’s as if the sun is returning. I feel badly for those whose candidate lost, and that’s an honest statement. I don’t understand why they voted for him, but that’s another column. …
His people know it, when will he?
Just moments ago, Emily Murphy, the administrator of the General Services Administration, formally designated Joe Biden the offical winner of the election, providing federal funds and resources to begin a transition and authorizing his advisers to begin coordinating with Trump administration officials. Here is the article in the NYTimes.
This means it will formally begin to transition. It doesnt’ mean Trump will concede. But he will have to leave.
How will he leave? That will be interesting to watch.
This drawing was done with commentary on my daily live draw on HappsTV:
So much is wrong and needs to be fixed
Tuesday night, November 17th, the Board of Elections in Detroit — consisting of two Republicans and two Democrats — almost didn’t certify votes in the Democratic Wayne County in Detroit. The two Republicans initially refused to certify the votes, then when there was an uproar and accusations, they changed their minds. The votes were then certified. Here is the NYTimes article, which I quote here:
Mayor Mike Duggan of Detroit on Wednesday accused President Trump’s allies in Michigan’s most populous county of racism after they initially refused to certify the election results over slight discrepancies in majority-Black precincts — while ignoring similar problems in heavily white areas. …
I drew this yesterday after listening to President Elect Joe Biden speak about the severity of the pandemic as we head into the winter. He urged the President to coordinate with his staff on covid and vaccination plans. To not do so, Biden stressed, could lead to more deaths. Trump appears to not care, playing golf and obsessing in tweets about his lawsuits over the election. He refuses to acknowledge Biden was legally elected.
My feeling is that the Republicans who still back Trump’s inability to concede and help the President-elect with transition are just as culpable in leading to more deaths. I fear they are behaving this way because they think they need Trump’s base for re-election. It’s dispicable.
The drawing below came first, then I decided to add the banner to make my idea clearer, above.
Joe and Jill love animals, and that’s key
I love dogs, so it’s especially wonderful for me — and I suspect many of you — that the President-elect and First Lady have two dogs. We will once again have dogs in the White House!! Both German Shepards, the Bidens got Champ in 2008, so he is familiar with the White House from Joe’s time as Vice President. Their second dog Major, whom they adopted from the Delaware Humane Association in 2018. Major will be the first rescue dog to live in the people’s house.
There is a long history of dogs in the White House, and the Clintons even had a cat named Socks. Not sure about other animals — but dogs are what Americans really relate to. And the fact that Joe and Jill have two dogs makes them even more appealing as people. I can’t wait for photos of how the two canines are adjusting to their new residence. …
Within a few days of being elected President of The United States, President-Elect Joe Biden signaled a big change in how the US will approach foreign policy. In a speech yesterday, he said he spoke to world leaders and told them “we are back in the game.” I take that to mean we will work with our allies and join the civilized world in climate change work, combating terrorism, giving aid to developing nations, and more.
Here is the article in The New York Times about this new change of direction. It is a welcome reversal from the Trump era, and one that helps unite the world. We are a rich and compassionate country, and our engagement with other countries should not be about “us first;” rather it should be about helping others.
From my daily live draw on HappsNews:
Below is the drawing I did right as I learned of the results of the election. I was in shock, but very happy. I heard shouts around my neighborhood and people began dancing in the streets all over the world.
And these are live drawings I drew during Kamala and Joe’s speeches on the night of November 7th, after Pennsylvaina was called for Biden and his electoral vote count was above 270.
Sometimes when I really am not clear on how to depict something, as is the case with this post election vote counting, I create a visual that is more a visual feeling than anything else. I think Trump’s legal challenges and recout requestions will not amount to anything. Joe has the votes to become the next President of the United States.