In his appearance before a joint session of Congress Wednesday night, President Biden sought to answer Americans’ questions about what direction he intends to steer the country. But Mr. Biden’s speech, less a State of the Union Address than a statement about what kind of union he envisions, left three broader, more consequential, questions unanswered.
Indeed, it is the answers to these questions that will define not only the course of the Biden years, but also the Biden legacy and the shape of the country in the post-Biden era. These questions are the hardy perennials of American civic life and are particularly germane to Mr. Biden’s unusual passage from Senate utility infielder to dugout skipper. Taken together, they are vital to understanding the Biden presidency and this moment in our history. Here are those questions and some possible answers: