Martin Schram: An ordinary man battles dueling pandemics

The sunshine bathing his Rose Garden is so bright that Joe Biden can’t help but squint as he looks out and starts saying hello to the many people he invited into his backyard. He knows them so well, by now, that he simply calls them by their first names. He also understands that even in his sunlit yard, they are surely still feeling their dark cloud is somewhere overhead. It’s been following them everywhere, ever since that godawful day. “Mark and Jackie, I want to tell you it’s always good to see you, but not under these circumstances. … (I)t takes a lot of courage to come to an event like th…

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