Newly inaugurated President Biden addressed his 1,000 appointees on Jan. 20, 2021.
He remarked about dealing with the public they serve:
“Treat people decently.” “We work for the people.” “We owe your families. You are going to work like the devil.” “Everyone expects to be treated with dignity.”
Then, at the 6:00 minute mark in the CNN video clip below, he made a daring statement:
” … if you are ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect… talk down to someone, I promise you I will fire you on the spot. On the spot. No ifs, ands or buts. Everybody… everybody is entitled to be treated with decency and dignity. That’s been missing in a big way the last four years.”
Perhaps he was swept up in the grandeur of his first day in office. More likely, someone in his advisory orbit grasps workplace bullying. This awareness, never before uttered at the top of executive branch government leadership, gives us hope.
This is anti-bullying language. And he guarantees accountability. But does he mean that he has to personally see it happening? Is this a loophole?
We will follow up and track the sincerity of his declaration.