Joseph Biden
Joe Biden - Vice President portrait.jpg
Joe Biden's official Vice Presidential portrait
Political Office: 46th President of the United States 2021 - present

47th Vice President of the United States 2009 - 2017

Political Party: Democratic Party (United States)
Born November 20, 1942
Religion Roman Catholic Church

And, by the way, they talk about this Great Recession [as] if it fell out of the sky, like, "Oh, my goodness, where did it come from?" It came from this man voting to put two wars on a credit card, to at the same time put a prescription drug benefit on the credit card, a Trillion-dollar tax cut for the very wealthy. I was there. I voted against them. I said, no, we can't afford that.

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden Jr. (born November 20, 1942) is the 46th and current president of the United States and a former United States Vice President and the first in over a decade who never shot anyone. On August 23, 2008, then-Senator Biden was nominated for Vice President by Barack Obama. He holds the George Arents Pioneer Medal for "for excellence in public affairs" from Syracuse University where he got his degree. He was the first Catholic Vice President.

He had previously run for President in 1988.

He won the election for President in 2020 against Donald Trump. Despite appearing to be part of the centrist-corporatist establishment at a time when progressives are on the rise, Biden won the nomination. While not as great and progressive as Bernie Sanders, he is still way better than Donald Trump.

He won against Trump with 306 of the electoral college votes to Trump's 232. Trump being Trump, refused to concede the election.

Early Life

Joe Biden's family are middle class workers and are from Delaware [1] and Pennsylvania.

In high school he participated in an anti-segregation sit-in at a Wilmington theater. Academically, Biden was undistinguished, but he was a natural leader among the students. Biden graduated in 1961, by 1965 he had a double major in both History and Political science. (506th of 688). [2]

He received a Juris Doctor at Syracuse University. He said being there was the biggest bore of his life. [3]

On August 27, 1966, Biden, then a law student, married Neilia Hunter, who was from an affluent background in Skaneateles, New York and had attended Syracuse University. They had met in 1964 while on spring break in the Bahamas, and he had overcome her parents' initial reluctance for her to be dating a Roman Catholic. They had three children, Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III (1969-2015), Robert Hunter (born 1970), and Naomi Christina (born 1971).[4]

Early political career

His first win as a politician was his election to a County Council in a solidly Republican area. He then went on to become a Senator in 1972 by beating an old incumbent Republican. Early in his political career Biden was already proving to be a thorn in the Delaware Republican's side. [5] Joe Biden showed he can succeed against the odds.

His success may be due to his power of being honest, which no Republican politician popular with other Republicans we know of today can acquire or be in anyway shape or form.

He did make some mistakes.

Family tragedy

Shortly after the election Joe Biden’s wife and youngest child were killed in a motor accident in Hockessin, Delaware. Neilia Biden's station wagon was hit by a much heavier lorry. It appears the truck driver was not at fault. The two boys suffered critical injuries but the boys, Beau and Hunter, recovered fully. Biden thought of resigning so he could care for them. Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield persuaded him to stay in office and Biden took the oath of office office from one of their bedsides.[5] Joe Biden started commuting for over an hour every day from his home in the Washington suburbs so he could live at home with his sons.

Directly after the accident, he struggled to focus on work. Biden states in his memoirs, that members of staff even took bets on how long they expected him to last. For the next five years, Biden left instructions that he should be interrupted if his sons called at any time even if he was in the Senate. Biden still does not work on December 18, which is the day the accident happened.

In 1977 Joe Biden remarried with Jill Tracy Jacobs, who is now named Jill Biden. They had another daughter, named Ashley.[6]

As a Senator

On January 3, 1973, the 30 year old Biden took office as a US Senator and was the 6th youngest in that office in U.S. history. [7] Biden has been re-elected six times mostly with decisive majorities. Biden has now served longer than any other Senator in the history of Delaware. Joe Biden has chaired the Senate Committees dealing for Foreign Relations and also with crime. Biden has also served on Committees dealing with the judiciary, with competition and consumer protection, with Human rights, technology, homeland security and others.

Joe Biden’s assets amount to between $59,000 and $366,000, and he has hardly any income from outside investments. Therefore he ranks as a less wealthy Senator. [8] Biden was elected early in life and devoted his life to public service rather than chasing high incomes.

Running for President, 1988

Biden attempted to run for President in 1988 as a Democrat. The vast Conservative media attacked his records in College as they could find nothing to attack him for as a senator. He stopped running after it was revealed he had plagiarized a British politician's hard upcoming speech. [9]

However, he did mount a successful bid decades later.

2008 Presidential Run & Vice Presidency

Biden announced that he would run for President in 2008. He had planned on retiring from the Senate anyway.

Biden was noted for his one-liners on the campaign trail, saying of Republican then-frontrunner Rudy Giuliani at the October 30, 2007, debate in Philadelphia, "There's only three things he mentions in a sentence: a noun, and a verb and 9/11.[10]

Overall, Biden had difficulty raising funds, struggled to draw people to his rallies, and failed to gain traction against the high-profile candidacies of Obama and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton; he never rose above single digits in the national polls of the Democratic candidates. In the initial contest on January 3, 2008, Biden placed fifth in the Iowa caucuses, garnering slightly less than one percent of the state delegates. Biden withdrew from the race that evening, saying "There is nothing sad about tonight.... I feel no regret."

Biden was approached by Barack Obama, who wanted to have him play an important role in his administration. He considered giving him many positions but, in the end, choose him as a Vice Presidential candidate. Joe Biden campaigned for Obama in areas such as Ohio and Florida, where Obama had done poorly in the primaries and helped garner support for the incoming President.

On November 4, 2008, Obama was elected President and Biden Vice President of the United States. The Obama-Biden ticket won 365 electoral college votes to McCain-Palin's 173, and had a 53–46 percent edge in the nationwide popular vote.[11]

During the campaign, Biden had a 60 percent approval rating of the American people compared to Sarah Palin's 44.

He is also way more well known then Sarah Palin will ever be.

War on Cancer

Biden has already started a war on cancer. [6] it is better than many wars. On March 22, 2016, Biden visited a Cancer treatment center in Seattle, Washington.

We're at a place where science and medicine have not been before, and it's offering immense hope, immense hope that we can make breakthroughs that will affect the lives of millions and millions of people around the world. (Joe Biden)[7]

During his last few months, in a stunning moment of bipartisanship, then-Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, moved to have a part of a bill named after Biden's late son. This caused Biden to get a little emotional.

One thing that motivated him to do this is that his son Beau Biden dying.

2020 presidential race

Biden ran for President against Trump in 2020, and won.

The US has been ravaged not only by Covid-19, but Trump's poor response to it, 300,000+ Americans dead from Covid-19, 20% unemployment, civil unrest following the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man, Trump gassing peaceful protesters for a church photo-op, Trump's fascist rhetoric and Trump becoming more and more unhinged has helped Biden in the polls lately.

Biden won a relatively close election. He won by carrying the traditionally Republican states of Arizona and Georgia, both of which have been trending

Presidency

Biden has been President for only a couple of months, but he has been getting a lot done, mainly undoing the damage the Trump presidency caused. The administration has been focusing on the issues of Climate change, immigration and COVID-19. On the environment, Biden reinstating the United States back into the Paris Climate Agreement and cancelled the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

On Immigration, he halted construction of Trump's border wall, ended the Travel ban and reinstated protections for DACA recipients. On the issue of the pandemic, Biden required the use of mask-wearing and social distancing in federal property and stopped the withdraw from the WHO. Biden also has a Massive $1.9 Trillion to help the economy recover from the virus, this includes raising the minimum wage, $1400 person-checks to working Americans, expanding access to affordable healthcare, etc. Of course, Republican politicians are whining about the plan, because they think Americans should not make a living wage and not have healthcare.

More is yet to come from the new administration, let's see what happens.

Pros & Cons

Because Joe Biden is the incumbent president, this list will be regularly updated.

Pros

  • Defeated the Evil One.
  • Rejoined the US into the Paris Climate Agreement.
  • Raised minimum wage for federal workers to $15 an hour
  • Is handling the Covid-19 pandemic with competence
  • Endorses $15 an hour
  • Endorsed the PRO-Act
  • Acknowledged the Armenian Genocide
  • Ended the child-separation policy
  • Buy American Policy
  • Ended our role in the Saudi-led Yemen Genocide
  • Ended the Border Wall
  • Supports Unions
  • Supports IP Wavier for Covid-19
  • Very impressive Infrastructure plan
  • Ended the "contract worker" policy that denies workers benefits
  • Ended the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline
  • Strengthened DACA protections
  • Ended the racist travel bans
  • Stimulus package
  • Got the US back into the World Health Organization
  • Will not make Obama's mistake of trying to work with Republicans.
  • First Catholic Vice President
  • Will pull US troops out of Afghanistan on September 11, 2021 (let's hope he sticks to it)
  • Wants to reform the filibuster
  • Doesn't golf
  • Doesn't have twitter temper tantrums on Twitter
  • Isn't a narcissistic psychopath

Controversial

  • Told Georgian voters that if they elect Ossoff and Warnock, the Democrat Senate would pass quote "$2,000 checks" only to pass $1,400 and try to justify it with BS math...

Cons

  • Won't prosecute Trump (*sigh* Just like Obama did with Bush)
  • Has yet to restart the Iran Deal... (this could change)
  • Often tweets "Healthcare is a right, not a privilege" yet said he would veto a Medicare For All bill...
  • Wants to raise the corporate tax rate to only 28%, instead of the 2017 Obama-era rate of 35%.
  • Has not yet gotten Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to get in line with the people.


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