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The American people have spoken guys. Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. is the 46th President of the United States! His win has been projected by various news agencies after he took the lead in Pennsylvania and Nevada and secured enough electoral votes to win the presidency which, according to The New York Times, is “exactly 48 years to the day after he was first elected to the Senate.”
As of press time, people across the country are taking to the streets to celebrate the Biden-Harris win, popping the champagne and dancing, USA Today reports.
But who exactly is Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.?
Joseph was born on November 20, 1942 in Scranton, Pennsylvania to Catherine Eugenia “Jean” Biden and Joseph Robinette Biden, Sr., a used-car salesman. Morepopularly known as Joe Biden today, he is reportedly the “eldest of four siblings in an Irish Catholic family.”
Biden, a law graduate from Syracuse University in New York in 1968, has dedicated over 40 years of his life as a public servant and counting. He is the oldest U.S. president ever elected and he was also the fifth youngest senator in history when he was elected to the U.S. senate in 1972 at the age of 29. Joe Biden then went on from being Delaware’s longest-serving senator with six terms under his belt to being the 47th vice president of the United States under the Obama administration.
However, Biden’s life is not without challenges. His first wife, Neilia Hunter Biden, died tragically from a car crash in December 1972 along with their infant daughter, Naomi, while their two sons Beau and Hunter, were seriously injured.
But life does go on. Biden would meet his second wife Jill Taylor Jacobs in 1975 through his brother and the couple would marry two years later with the encouragement of his two young boys who were only 6 and 7 years old then.
The story, which Biden himself recounted, goes like this: One morning, Beau and Hunter walked into Joe’s bathroom while he was shaving, clearly wanting to say something but “they were having trouble getting started,” a news article reported. After much difficulty, Hunter finally managed to blurt out, “Beau thinks we should get married.”
Joe clarified in his interview that “by we, Hunter was referring to the four of them — himself, Beau, Joe, and Jill.”
“‘Well,’ Beau said, ‘we think we should marry Jill. What do you think, Dad?'”
Joe and Jill did just that and in 1981, they would have a daughter which their then young boys would name Ashley Blazer.
This is probably the part of the story where people would usually say, “and they lived happily ever after.”
But in reality, life really, is not without heartbreaks. Biden’s eldest son, Beau—a decorated war hero—died in 2015 at age 46 from Glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer.
The death of his son was instrumental to Biden’s decision not to run for the 2016 presidential election. Even though it was his late son’s wish for Biden to take another shot at presidency—which he first tried in 1988 at the age of 44—Biden instead campaigned for Hillary Clinton.
At the time, Biden was unable to honor his promise to his son. He declined the chance saying that the “pathway to presidency was too difficult for a family still grieving Beau Biden,” Time Magazine reported.
But finally, Joe Biden had not only made good of his promise to his son; his dream of becoming a president of the United States also came true today.
And now that the election is finally over and he got the job, it is Joe Biden’s turn to make his promises to the people of America a reality. Among the Biden-Harris administration’s first order of business, he says, is to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and of course, control the coronavirus pandemic that continues to wreak havoc across the United States.
This is just the start as there are many other issues that the administration must address as well. For instance, the plans to roll out for education and plans to advance racial equity across the American economy, among many others. Then there is also the matter of uniting a greatly divided America on top of the job losses the country recently suffered and the economy that has taken a downturn because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the Biden-Harris administration plans here.
Today, the Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement. And in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it. https://t.co/L8UJimS6v2— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 5, 2020
When @JoeBiden and I are in the White House, we’ll listen to the experts when it comes to public health, create a pandemic board that oversees testing, and make COVID-19 testing, treatment, and vaccines free for all Americans.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 31, 2020
A United States president has plenty of things on his plate but we, the LGBTQ community, can rest easy as we are part of the Biden-Harris administration’s plans just as we had been when he was vice president. Read his plan for the LGBTQ community here.
To know more about Joe Biden and his accomplishments while he was serving as senator and eventually, vice president of the United States, read here.
The Adam4Adam community would like to extend our warmest congratulations and best wishes to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their election as President and Vice President of the United States respectively.