Biden's Yes-No-Yes Stance on Mandatory Face Masks

Joe Biden stands before a black backdrop in a dark room without any color, except for the American flag over his right shoulder, as the camera zooms in and then up as the broad-shouldered former vice president puts on a face mask and peers down at the audience with a look of stern resolve. It is a seven-second silent film with an unmistakable hero narrative and a not-so-subtle appeal to patriotism. The accompanying caption: "Do your part. Wear a mask." The Centers for Disease Control has recommended as much since April. But in the months since, the cloth coverings that muffle voices and fog...

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