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Can Joe Biden save America?

FDR wrote the playbook the new president needs—and he’s been studying it closely

By Andrew Adonis  

Biden saw Camelot before him on his election as one of the youngest ever senators in 1972, hoping to be the next JFK only nine years after the man himself had been shot. Joe had dashing good looks, a glamorous young wife, and three beautiful children.

Then days later a truck smashed into Neilia Biden’s Chevrolet as she was on her way to buy a Christmas tree. Neilia and baby Naomi were killed instantly; the two under-five boys, Beau and Hunter, seriously injured. Overnight, Joe became “a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.” In the decades ahead, his own near-death from a brain aneurysm and then—later on—Beau’s losing battle with brain cancer deepened the acquaintance.

The presidential dream, however, never expired during 36 years in the Senate, including two unsuccessful tilts at the highest office. But destiny seemed to lie in a court ruled by others, apparently…

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