Jun 3, 2020 in Analysis

Strength in Weaknesses

Human beings are known to experience fear when faced with situations that seem threatening to our existence. We are modeled to show fear when we are faced with exposure of the weaknesses that we bear. Human beings have a tendency to cower when critical parts of their lives are brought to light, and this substantially determines the reaction due to fear of exposure. Gladwell argues that one has to convert weakness to strength so as to be successful. However, the decisions made during the low points in life assist in determining the fate and also the public impression that people posses. For instance, Joe bidden turned his weakness about Syrian war into strength when he silenced the crowd by saying his son lost his life too.  Our responses and actions too can therefore define the make or break moments. The art of using our strength need time to develop, so through perseverance our weakness are too turned into strength. The paper aims at presenting how different cabinet members have turned their weakness into strengths to win the heart of many.  

The political story is of Bidden heckling back at a man in the crowd who claims that the Syrian war claimed many of his friend’s lives. In reply to this, Joe taunts that his son had also died.  Joe uses the situation to calm the yelling crowd and also to sympathize with the man that he was not the only person who had experienced the death  his loved. Biden went ahead and invited the protester at the backstage so as address the issue personally. It is not simple to use our personal experiences to relate to people’s feelings of hurt or rejection as we see this as acts of exposing our weaknesses. However, the acts of courage and facing our weaknesses tend to become the best chances of greatness as related to Joe Bidden’s Scenario silencing the heckling crowd. 


From Joe Bidden’s story, two stories regarding his past life comes  up. The first surfacing story was that Joe’s son had died of brain cancer at the age of 46 years. Joe Bidden was an attorney, an army man in Iraq and also an aspiring politician with his dream to vie for Delaware state governor in the year 2016. From Joe Bidden’s heckle, we also learn that Joe had lost his wife in a car accident and had been left to bring up his son alone. The loss of such a son would arouse more pain when trying to recall the memories of his loss but either way that did not keep Joe Bidden from speaking about his son’s death.

The second story from Joe Biden’s heckles also makes us learn that Joe had lost both his wife and daughter in a car accident and had been left to bring up his son alone. The tragedy that faced Biden on the day of the accident was the loss of his wife Neilia and his daughter Naomi who was one year old. The loss of both his wife and daughter was a painful event for Joe and his two sons. The event of Joe losing his wife sheds light on the fact that Joe’s son was not only a son but a dear son to Biden. However, Joe did not hesitate to talk about the death of his son in public knowing it would cause him emotional turmoil.

Gladwell’s quote in relationship to the vice-president’s scenario that people should identify their weaknesses and turn them into moments of strength is well orchestrated in the events mentioned above. Joe uses his deepest pains to show a heckling citizen in a crowd that he also knows the pain of loss and that he also shares in the grief of the soldiers who died in Syria. The reaction from the vice president was based on the strength of loss and rather than terming it as a weakness he used the scenario to be in a moment of strength. Also by inviting the protester at the backstage for discussion was meant to strengthen and give an ear to the bereaved person, can also depict strength.

Senator Anderson in the fictional account of the book Advice and Consent by Allen Drury quotes that Robert Leffingwell was not fit to be the secretary of state despite his nomination. Anderson who was leading a Senate investigation committee to determine the fitness of Robert Leffingwell as a secretary of state discovers association of Leffingwell with a communist connection. Leffingwell threatens to expose Senator Anderson’s ‘closet skeletons’ that involve evidence of homosexuality affair in the past years that would lead to tainting of his political profession. Moreover, the senator had been documented confronting his ex-lover, thus providing an attention-grabbing perspective on existing attitudes to homosexuality. However, this does not keep Anderson from changing his mind to vouch for the Leffingwell. Anderson just like Joe Bidden acts from the point of strength and does not allow the weaknesses to overshadow the present situations. Joe Bidden’s scenario, therefore, relates to Senator Anderson's case as both hold their ground despite the leverage that people have against them. Moreover, they choose not to be cowed by the situations at hand by choosing to do the appropriate and right things.

The United States Constitution explains the right to fair justice. Joe Bidden’s rights were being infringed and had he not acted the same way he did by heckling back at the shouting man, the situation could probably go out of hand and turned chaotic. Joe Bidden used his constitutional rights, therefore, to explain the present circumstances and also to calm the crowd down.


All reactions to our weaknesses determine what becomes of us in the long run. The determining moments are when we make a choice between letting our weaknesses overshadow us or we obscuring our weaknesses by facing them head on. Joe Bidden’s act of strength significantly illustrates that we determine fate by the decisions which we make at our most desperate moments. This is well illustrated when he shouts back to the protester and inviting his to the backstage for a talk. Sometimes stern decisions and actions assist to overcome our weaknesses and also greatly affect the public reactions and impressions.

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