Who is Joe Biden? The new American president was Barack Obama’s deputy for eight years and a senator for 36 years. Famous for his tenacity and even a few too many gaffes, he has married twice. Always a Democrat, his life, as well as political successes, was marked by painful family tragedies.
Joseph Robinette Biden Jr (Joe Biden) was born on November 20, 1942, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Scranton, Pennsylvania. His family has always been very Catholic. His father’s business ups and downs force the Bidens to move to Wilmington, Delaware when Joe was 11. In 1961 he graduated, but the grades were not exceptional: he was the 506th student (out of 688) of his class. Biden in those years suffered from stuttering. The new US president says that reciting poetry in front of a mirror helped him reduce the problem.
On August 27, 1966, Biden married Neilia Hunter, a Syracuse University student. To get to the fateful yes he has to convince the reluctance of her parents, who didn’t want to see their little girl join a Catholic. The couple has three children: Beau, Robert, and Amy.
On December 18, 1972, a few weeks after he was elected senator of Delaware, his wife, and little Amy died in a tragic road accident after going out to buy the last few Christmas presents. The other two children were saved. Biden planned to retire from political life, but the Senate Majority Leader convinces him to resist. Several years later, Joe confesses that he has even thought about committing suicide. In 1975 he met Tracy Jacobs – in an appointment organized by her brother Frank. The two married in 1977. Ashley Blazer was born in 1981. In 1988, Joe Biden was forced to undergo brain surgery which ended positively. But in 2015 the bad luck touches on the Biden family: Beau, (Son of Joe) and in full career, dies of brain cancer.
Elected senator of Delaware in 1972, he became famous for being an iron commuter: every day, Biden would take the train from Wilmington to go to Washington. Over the years, the railway company reserved a personal seat for Joe. In his early years on Capitol Hill, Biden primarily focused on consumer protection and environmental issues. In 1988 he ran for president of the United States for the first time. The start was excellent, but the rivalries within his staff, the exaggerations about his academic achievements (he said he was among the best in his class), and the accusations of having copied a speech from a British politician wrecked his ship.
The Vice President
In 2008 Joe Biden decided to run for the White House again. He was considered among the possible winners, along with Hillary Clinton. Among the Democrats, however, there was a young senator from Illinois who surprised America. Barack Obama, with an electoral campaign that for the first time exploits the power of social media and the Internet together with the traditional door-to-door.
Despite some bickering, the first African American president in US history decided to offer the post of the vice president to Joe Biden. The Delaware senator, an expert on foreign policy and national security, completes Obama. The two won the electoral challenge against John McCain and, four years later, against Mitt Romney. Biden’s vice presidency was characterized by a very active role in Iraq and Afghanistan. Within Obama’s loyalists, Joe was often in charge of representing the opposition to try to understand what were the weaknesses of the policies carried out by the White House.
The Presidential Candidate
During his second term as vice president, Joe Biden began to toy with the idea of racing in 2016. But the death of his son Beau and the uncertainty of winning the challenge with Hillary Clinton persuaded him not to race. The media, starting from the election of Donald Trump, has permanently included him among the possible candidates for 2020.
On April 25, 2019, after months of uncertainty, he decided to take the field. His platform, considered moderate, lead him to beat the radical left champions Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. The final challenge was against outgoing Republican President Donald Trump.
On November 3rd the Americans vote and only on the 7th the majority of the media declared Joe Biden the winner.
46th President of the United States
Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021, and at the age of 78 is the oldest person to assume the office. He is the second Catholic president (the other being John F. Kennedy), the first president whose home state is Delaware, and the first from the Silent Generation.