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Joe Biden: Road to presidency

Joe Biden’s inauguration: Road to presidency.

Today 6:00pm WAT, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. The event was held at the Capitol in Washington DC. Excitement had mounted for this moment and there was massive voting to achieve his election. But was it a short-period decision that led the lawyer-politician to become the most important man the United States? Or has Joe Biden been preparing for this his whole life?

Early life, education and road to presidency

Joe Biden (Full name) Joseph Biden was born on November 20, 1942 in Scranton Pennsylvania to a middle-class family. Joe Biden grew up around family and played football in high school. He was a wide receiver on the football team and was also the class president for a time in school. He was an average student and really didn’t do well in high school education.

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Ten year old Joe Biden
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In fact, when he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964 in the University of Delaware, Biden ranked 506th in a class of 688 people. While in the University, he majored on history and political science. In 1968, he would later proceed to obtain a graduate-entry professional degree in Law. Before this time, Biden already married Neilia Hunter (1942-1972) with whom he had three children, one of which is alive. Between 1968 and 1970, Biden worked in law firms and even formed a law firm with a colleague. However, law didn’t appeal to him in terms of passion and the low income that accompanied it.

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Joe Biden’s first original experience in politics was running for the 4th district seat on the New Castle county council. In 1970, due to his progressive views and dislike of conservative racial politics, he ran on a liberal platform that supported public housing in the suburbs. He won the election and was in office till 1973.

Biden’s political career would then progress after he defeated Caleb Boggs to become the junior U.S senator from Delaware. That made Biden the 6th youngest senator in the U.S history despite having low financial support and going door to door to secure people’s votes. During this period, Biden’s agenda centered on equitable taxation, civil rights, health care and political enlightenment. He also focused on environmental issues and government accountability.

In 1988, Joe Biden officially declared his intention for the democratic presidential nomination. After a lot of controversies about him plagiarizing speeches at campaigns. He withdrew from the race. He also said he withdrew from the race because his candidacy had been overrun by the exaggerated shadow of his past mistakes. If elected, he would have been the 2nd youngest United States president after John.F Kennedy.

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After he was elected to the senate in 1972, he was reelected in 1978, 1978, 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2008 respectively. Meanwhile, between 1987-1995, Joe Biden was kept away from the senate because of Brain Aneurysm surgery. While he was in the senate, he mostly won with a 60% majority. As at 2020, he was the 18th longest serving senator in the U.S

In 2008, Biden declared his intentions to run for the U.S presidential elections. Interestingly, Biden ran against Obama in the elections but dropped out of the race because of inadequate support and inability to gain traction. Biden would later have a good relationship with Obama, which made the latter think of the probability of choosing him as his running mate.

Later, Obama declared Joe Biden his running mate (Vice-president) for the 2008 elections. News outlets stated that Biden would complement Obama in ways that the latter wasn’t the best in. Even while running for vice-president, Biden ran for re-election at the senate and won. Obama and Biden won the 2008 elections and were sworn in on January 2009.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden

In the 2012 re-election of Obama, Joe Biden was still his running mate even after efforts were made to replace him with Hilary Clinton. After the expiration of his tenure in 2017, Biden went to be a professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

On April 25, 2019, Biden launched his presidential campaign after speculations of him running was made. He said he was prompted to run by his sense of duty offense of the Donald Trump presidency.

In November 2020, he was elected the 46th president of the United States. He will be the oldest president of the United States and the first candidate to beat an incumbent president since Bill Clinton defeated George Bush in 1992.

Joe Biden and running mate- Kamala Harris

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JOE BIDEN WILL DO THE FOLLOWING IMMEDIATELY AFTER HIS INAUGURATION:

According to BBC Joe Biden will do these things first when he gets to office:

Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks on Covid-19 at The Queen theater on October 23, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

*Embark on coronavirus pandemic relief by masking up America and giving 100 million vaccine doses in 100 days.
*Rejoin WHO
*Provide relief for renters and homeowners
*Provide $1.9 trillion for the U.S coronavirus economy
*End Donald Trump tax cuts
*Pull back into the Paris climate agreement
*Scrap the travel ban
*Roll back deregulations
*End border wall construction
*End race and criminal justice reforms
*Ensure LGBT protection.

Olayiide Bolaji is a writer at The Scoove Africa whose interests span in music and movies. He is also a freelance A&R personel.

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