Biden and the psychometric test | Opinion

Biden and the psychometric test | Opinion
Biden and the psychometric test | Opinion

Some friends of mine, brothers among them, have been plotting with their mother against their father for months. They call each other, send each other messages in secret, talk in code in the kitchen after Sunday meals. They are up to something. No, it is not one of those family wars over a divorce or an inheritance. On the contrary. Just what …

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Some friends of mine, brothers among them, have been plotting with their mother against their father for months. They call each other, send secret messages, talk in code in the kitchen after Sunday meals. They are up to something. No, it is not one of those family wars over a divorce or an inheritance. On the contrary. What neither the mother nor the children want is to separate or inherit before their time. The three of them venerate the old man, 83 years old in October, but, precisely because they love him madly, they are worried that he continues to drive, having already had more than one scare behind the wheel due to his absent-mindedness. It was bad to tell the interested party delicately. First, with hints. Then, clearly. Worse was knowing that they were hitting a snag. The patriarch, with his license renewed a year ago and valid for another four, refused, extremely offended, to give up the car, which he considers the penultimate bastion of his freedom and autonomy. So now, every time she takes it out of the garage to take it for a spin around the neighborhood to keep it from atrophying, mother and children live on tenterhooks until it returns home unharmed and without having gone into a roundabout or going in the wrong direction.

I was reminded of my friends the other night watching Biden fail to get his bearings in the debate with Trump in the US presidential race. Shortly afterwards, his wife, Jill, and his predecessor, Obama, came out to help him out by saying that the president and candidate for re-election just had a bad day. They are doing him a disservice, although I can understand them. It must be very hard to tell your husband, your father or your boss that, for their own good, and for everyone’s, it is better to retire. And it is not ageism. It is the very difficult moment in life when you have to stop doing things that you liked and that you did with ease. And if you don’t decide it, others will decide it for you, or fate. Old age, with luck, because others don’t come, is a succession of losses and farewells. On this side of the pond, the conspiracy of my friends continues. The latest plan is to steal the keys from the father for a while, empty the oil tank so he can burn it on the next trip, and make it more expensive to fix than to send it to the scrapyard. The bad thing about comparisons, besides being odious, is that Biden has a bad replacement. And that Trump, as a driver, is even more frightening.

 
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