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The idea of “show, don’t tell” is about proving something through actions rather than just words. This was evident in a recent “Saturday Night Live” sketch making fun of people defending President Joe Biden against those who say he’s too old for the job. Some worry about his cognitive abilities due to verbal mistakes.

The sketch showed Biden’s team insisting he’s sharp behind the scenes. In a humorous way, they portrayed Biden as a powerhouse, excelling in activities like chess, basketball, and pushups.

The lesson is the same as comedian Jon Stewart’s point: actions speak louder than words. Biden has a chance to demonstrate his vigor and mental sharpness at the State of the Union. Last year, he handled hecklers with grace, turning a potential negative situation into a positive one.

This skill, combining policy knowledge with humor, is what Biden needs as he gears up for the 2024 presidential race. He demonstrated it on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” addressing age jokes and then swiftly focusing on important issues.

While the State of the Union isn’t a comedy show, injecting a bit of humor—whether self-deprecating or aimed at opponents—could help Biden, especially considering reports of soft poll numbers. Alongside laying out a strong vision for a second term, a touch of levity may connect better with voters.

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