In history, people didn’t rush to spontaneous outdoor dance parties for Joe Biden.
They didn’t pound their spoons into pans to celebrate for him, hold triumphant siren parades along 5th Avenue for him, make Champagne toast with strangers to honor him through songs and tears.
“BIDDING!” His supporters screamed outside Washington Square Park in Manhattan on Saturday, calls echoed from apartment windows, taxis and sidewalk restaurant tables. “JOE BIDEN!”
Joe Biden. That Joe Biden – an unbelievable 70-something institutionalist, square, relentless Irish reciter.
But then, it seems that defeating President Trump could do wonders for a man’s reputation.
During Mr. Biden’s early hours as president-elect on Saturday, many voters have rated him for decades as a special kind of capital veteran – susceptible to perpetual winding, love demand a “personal privilege point” in casual and off-topic conversation about dead senators – ready to welcome him as a sort of conqueror hero.
Amanda Litman, former Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign assistant and chief executive officer of Run for Something, a group that encourages Democrats to find local offices, said: “The winners write so history ”. “I think he definitely gets a bonus for doing something no one thinks is possible, even if we hope it happens.”
Ms. Litman said she spent the days walking through Brooklyn, sobbing in the street and met a dance-a-thon intersection, set to “Shout” by Brothers Isley, which felt the helicopter lifted from a wedding.
Mr. Biden is, of course, generally not Washington’s top concern. That won’t necessarily change in the long term. It is likely that the passionate Democrats will wait for anyone who can beat Mr. Trump.
And yet, here is the person who did it.
If the last two commanders are phenomenal candidates to become phenomenal presidents, Mr. Biden is likely to end the trend, instead comfortable with the identity that has helped to elect him: Make things a bit, to lower the mass before the neighbors complain.
This is a person who does not drink, does not smoke, who once scolded his friends at his single party for being too noisy.
During the campaign, Mr. Biden’s team tried to create a small group of personality around him, bragging about his signature accessory (pilot), his signature vice (ice cream), his hobby. for muscle cars.
“Ridin ‘With Biden,” a slogan that kinda-sorta came across.
While most of the impromptu gatherings this weekend come in places unfamiliar with the Biden-related jaunt – with rolling rides from Los Angeles to Washington to virtually any city in town. between, cheering on Mr. Biden and his partner, Kamala Harris – there is at least one ZIP Code whose coverage is paramount rather than novelty.
On Saturday, hundreds of cars spilled into a parking lot outside an event center in Wilmington, Del., Carrying Mr. Biden’s friends and fans from the state where he was. represent 36 years in the Senate for a somewhat outdated protest. They sat on the roof of their car and played a game of corn while they waited. They dragged oversized American flags and retaliated on grass seats and balanced Champagne flutes on top of their cars. They take pride in the most famous resident of their state.
Carrie Casey, 49, said she came in part to immerse herself in “the extreme excitement that a quasi-Delaware person won the presidency, as well as the first black female vice president.”
She had shown up a few days before – Initial Election Day, on Tuesday – for what was supposed to be a winning party. Instead, with uncertain results, Mr. Biden gave only brief remarks on trust in the process. Some of his supporters were deflationary and down.
Mr. Biden’s team had a few more missteps over the past week as the vote count continued. Early Friday, his campaign advises that he will give an important prime-time speech in the evening, when a crowd begins to gather outside the security fence. He planned to take advantage of the elaborate, flag-filled setup that remained on display all week.
As the sun set in Wilmington on Friday, callers got ready, “Biden Harris” was on the big screen and viewers gathered at a nearby increasingly colder parking lot, hoping to see a president elected. But with Pennsylvania, and the race, yet to be officially ranked, they’ll have to wait another day.
“I was here on Tuesday night, and it felt like a lot of stress,” Ms. Casey said. “Waking up in the morning and still having hope, the next day and the next day, and being patient – and being here right now is completely unbelievable.”
In his own speech, Mr. Biden was a completely himself. After jogging on stage following the siren, he started with a nod to the good people of Delaware (“who brought me to the dance!”) And then decided to name one. few people, shouting of all kinds of local dignitaries as a city council candidate.
He quoted relatives and welcomed Mrs. Harris and her husband to the Biden family, “like it or not.”
He tries to sympathize with Trump voters, noting that he has “lost myself a few times” during his political day. He acknowledged the current national gravity. He shows humility. He smiled slightly.
It was a long campaign – three, in fact, just the presidency in his life. He noticed the guests who saw him lose as often as they saw him win.
Around this time, the mood was purely festive – so much so that Maureen Whilby decided to celebrate her 55th birthday on the spot, where fireworks and confetti might be for her as well.
“The greatest birthday in the world!” she said, hours before the sky lit up with the words “Biden” and “president-elect.” “Never forget this birthday. Consolidation. Bring us back together. No division ”.
Nearby, a group of Delawareans stood together wearing T-shirts denoting their past lives as Iowa volunteers to Mr. Biden, a reminder of the dark icy days he experienced in a state of slowdown. deny him in the 2008 race and again in 2020.
Patti McKelvey, 53, a yoga and Pilates teacher from Wilmington, admitted: “We were a bit nervous at the time. “But we still support Joe 100%.”
State Representative Krista Griffith – “I am Joe Biden’s state representative,” she noted — also made the trip to Iowa. This, she suggested, was more fun.
“We all know him,” she said on Saturday. “We just can’t wait for the rest of the country to experience it.”
Katie Glueck reports from Wilmington, Del.