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Joe Biden is the 46th President-elect of the United States of America and will succeed Donald Trump in the White House in January 2021. The political scientist and lawyer has been a well-known figure in American politics for 50 years and was Vice President in Barack Obama’s administration.
Joe Biden’s full name is Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. He was born on November 20, 1942 in Scranton, Pennsylvania to a Catholic family of Irish descent. He grew up with two brothers and a sister in modest circumstances. When Joe Biden was 10 years old, his family moved to the US state of Delaware, where he still lives.
He studied political science and history at the University of Delaware in Newark, graduating in 1965. This was followed by law studies at Syracuse University in the US state of New York, from which he graduated with the title “Juris Doctor” (JD) in 1968. After graduating, Joe Biden worked as an attorney in a local politician-run law firm in Wilmington, Delaware, which led to his interest in politics. Although he was not involved in the civil rights movement of the time, he cited it as the trigger for the beginning of his political career. From 1991 he worked at Widener University Delaware Law School in Wilmington, where he taught constitutional law.
Joe Biden’s private life has been marked by severe strokes of fate for decades. He married college sweetheart Neilia Hunter in 1966, with whom he has three children: Robert Hunter (b. 1970), Naomi Christina (1971-1972), and Joseph Robinette III, nicknamed “Beau” (1969-2015). In a traffic accident in December 1972, his wife and daughter died while the two sons survived injured. In 1977 he married for the second time. From the marriage with Jill Tracey Jacobs in 1981 daughter Ashley emerges. In 1988 it hit him himself: he collapsed unconscious and two brain aneurysms were diagnosed, which could be removed in an emergency operation. In 2015, Biden’s son Beau died of complications from a brain tumor.
Joe Biden’s political career began in 1970, when he was elected to the New Castle County Council. In 1972 he ran for the US Senate for the first time and, at the age of 29, became one of the youngest senators ever to enter the US Senate. With five re-elections, he represented the state of Delaware in Washington for a total of 37 years.
Joe Biden ran for the presidency in 1988 and 2008. Due to allegations of plagiarism, he had to end his candidacy after only six weeks in 1988. In 2008, he dropped out of the presidential race early after winning just 1 percent of the vote in the first ballot of the Democratic primary. In 2009, Joe Biden was appointed Vice President and became one of the most important advisers and supporters of US President Barack Obama.
Joe Biden crowns his career with a third presidential candidacy, which he wins against Donald Trump in November 2020.
From 1987 to 1995, Joe Biden chaired the Judiciary Committee and then chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for several years. He is one of the most prominent foreign politicians in the USA and stands for the fight against terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
Domestically, he is known for supporting the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which was passed in 1994. It deals with, among other things, the restriction of gun ownership, the death penalty and numerous other types of crime.
In 2017 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor a civilian in the United States can achieve.
The currently most well-known quote from Joe Biden comes from his victory speech on November 8, 2020:
“I promise to be a President who does not divide but unites. Who doesn’t see red states or blue states, only United States.”
In addition, Joe Biden is known for numerous missteps and slips of the tongue. He caused a stir with sayings such as “poor children are just as smart and talented as white children” or “we put the truth before facts”.
He is the 46th President of the United States, but only the second American President after John F. Kennedy who is Catholic.
Joe Biden was a mediocre student who was in the bottom third rather than the front. He says about himself that he was a completely normal, average guy.
Because he stuttered, Joe Biden memorized many texts for school. He also put pebbles in his mouth to practice speaking slowly and clearly. Because he couldn’t pronounce his last name fluently, he was teased with the nickname “Bye Bye”.
Joe Biden was later nicknamed “Amtrak Joe” by the media because he used Amtrak trains to commute from Wilmington, Delaware to Washington for years.