Joe Biden: 76 things to know about the new President of America
After four days of suspense, the 77-year-old Democrat Joe Biden won the presidential election, beating his Republican opponent Donald Trump.
The third attempt was successful. After four days of suspense, Biden has beaten his opponent Republican Donald Trump in the race for the White House, Saturday 7 of November. The Democrat secured Pennsylvania’s 20 Grand Voters, passing the 270 vote mark needed to win the presidency. At 77 years old, the former vice-president of Barack Obama is the oldest candidate to reach the supreme office. Two months before his inauguration, Globe Live Media lists 76 things to know about the new President of America.
1. His full name is Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. (for Junior).
2. He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on November 20, 1942.
3. He is the oldest of four children. He has a sister, Valerie, and two brothers, Francis and James.
4. After his father lost his job, Joe Biden and his family were forced to move in with his maternal grandparents.
5. When Joe was 10 years old, the Biden clan moved to Wilmington (Delaware). Joe Biden still lives there today.
6. He was mocked as a child for his stuttering, which he overcame on his own by memorizing poems by Irishman William Butler Yeats and American Ralph Waldo Emerson.
7. At 19, he decided to become a lifeguard in a working-class area of Wilmington because he realized he was not dating any black people.
8. The swimming pool where he was a lifeguard now bears his name, as does Wilmington station.
9. He played American football in high school and college.
10. His father gave him a motto: “You don’t measure a man’s worth by the number of times he is on the ground, but by the speed at which he gets up” .
11. Joe Biden met his first wife, Neilia, on a beach in the Bahamas. He told her he planned to be elected senator by his 30s and one day become president of the United States.
12. After their marriage, Joe and Neilia adopted a puppy that they named Senator, in a nod to his political ambitions.
13. They had three children, Joseph (nicknamed “Beau), Robert (nicknamed” Hunter “) and Naomi.
14. He graduated from the University of Delaware and Syracuse University Law School (New York State), where he finished 76th out of a class of 85 students *.
15. After graduation, he was called up to join the army during the Vietnam War but was ultimately dismissed because he had asthma.
16. He won his first poll in 1970 and served for two years on the County Council of New Castle, Delaware.
17. He does not smoke or drink alcohol because “there are enough alcoholics in [his] family” .
18. When he first ran for the Senate in 1972, his team was made up mainly of friends and family. His sister Valerie was his campaign manager.
19. Lacking the means to pay for television spots, he generalized the use of door-to-door sales to make himself known to voters.
20. He was elected to the upper house a few weeks before his 30th birthday, becoming one of the youngest senators in history.
21. Six weeks later, while visiting his future Washington office, his wife’s car was struck by a semi-trailer. Neilia Biden and their 13-month-old daughter were killed in the crash.
22. He recounted thinking about suicide after the death of his first wife and daughter. “What saved me were my boys,” he says.
23. Beau and Hunter Biden, also in the car at the time of the accident, were hospitalized for several months.
24. Joe Biden was sworn in to become a senator in his eldest son’s hospital room in January 1973.
25. He represented Delaware in the Senate for 36 years, between 1973 and 2009.
26. When Joe Biden was first elected to Congress, his father quit his job to become a real estate agent. According to Valerie Biden, he didn’t want “a senator to have a used car salesman for a father.”
27. He did not want to settle in Washington after his election to the Senate. For over 30 years, he took the train every day (1:15 one way, 1:15 return) to travel from Delaware to Congress.
28. This has earned it the nickname “Amtrak Joe”, in reference to the name of the US public rail company.
29. In 1975, he voted against “busing”, a policy of fighting segregation by chartering buses to take black children to schools in white neighborhoods.
30. He has repeatedly claimed to have been “arrested” in South Africa while on his way to visit Nelson Mandela in 1977. Other US officials present on the trip questioned this claim.
31. Five years after the death of his first wife, he remarried Jill Jacobs, an English teacher.
32. It was his sons who prompted him to ask for Jill. He had to ask the question five times for her to agree. “I loved the boys so I wanted to be sure it would last forever”, has she explained during an interview aired during the Democratic Convention 2020.
33. Joe and Jill Biden together had a daughter, Ashley, born in 1981.
34. He always has a rosary with him.
35. Of Irish origin, he is of the Catholic faith. But he also has French Protestant ancestors, as part of his name Joseph Robinette Biden suggests. In January, he will become the second Catholic president in US history, after John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
36. In the early 1980s, he voted in favor of a resolution allowing states to reverse the Roe vs. Wade on abortion. He has since declared that he regrets the decision.
37. According to various media, he embellished on several occasions in the 1980s his participation in marches and demonstrations for civil rights.
38. He had already been a candidate for the Democratic primaries for the presidential election twice, in 1987 and 2007.
39. His favorite film is Chariots of Fire , about two British athletes who triumph at the 1924 Olympic Games.
40. In 1987, he defeated the appointment of Conservative magistrate Robert Bork, chosen by Republican President Ronald Reagan, to the Supreme Court.
41. During his first presidential campaign, he was accused of plagiarizing the speech of a British politician. He threw in the towel soon after.
42. He had two ruptured aneurysms in 1988.
43. In the Senate, he chaired the judicial commission and then the prestigious foreign affairs commission.
44. Joe Biden describes himself as a “goofing machine” .
45. He was criticized for not having sought to confirm the sexual harassment accusations against Judge Clarence Thomas during the Supreme Court magistrate’s confirmation hearings in 1991. He has since expressed his regret in this regard.
46. The woman who accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, Anita Hill, called for support for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.
47. In 1993, he met Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic while on a trip to the Balkans. Joe Biden claims that he accused him of a “war crime”, but witnesses report that the senator instead implied that he could be guilty.
48. As a senator, he participated in the writing of a bill toughening federal sentences in 1994. For some progressives, this text has led to the over-incarceration of people of color.
49. Pasta with tomato sauce and jam-peanut butter sandwiches are some of his favorite dishes.
50. He loves ice cream (and has one to his name).
51. He was co-rapporteur for a federal law on violence against women *, which he considers “his greatest legislative achievement” .
52. His son Hunter, a businessman, struggled for years with alcoholism and drug addiction.
53. In 2002, he voted in favor of the war in Iraq wanted by George W. Bush. He has since called his vote “an error”.
54. During the 2007 Democratic primary, he was accused of racism after saying of Barack Obama: “He is the first African-American [candidate] who speaks well, is bright, clean on himself and good-looking”.
55. He was Barack Obama’s vice-president during his two terms in the White House, between 2009 and 2017.
56. His son Beau Biden died of brain cancer in 2015.
57. In the weeks following his death, the Biden family received 72,000 letters of condolence.
58. Before his death, Beau Biden made his father promise that he would be a presidential candidate.
59. Joe Biden has considered running for the 2016 presidential election. But Beau’s death and the fact that Barack Obama “was not encouraging” prompted him to give up.
60. In January 2017, just before the end of their mandate, Barack Obama surprised him by presenting him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.
61. Joe Biden has seven grandchildren.
62. He is an automobile enthusiast. He still owns the 1967 Corvette his father gave him as a wedding present. He also receives alerts from a specialist magazine on his cell phone.
63. He claims that he “knew he had to run” for the 2020 presidential election when Donald Trump said that “there were good people on both sides” after the attack on a white supremacist against black demonstrators in Charlottesville (Virginia).
64. He was a longtime friend of Republican Senator John McCain. At the latter’s request, he delivered a eulogy during his funeral in 2018.
65. Donald Trump gave him at least ten different (not very kind) nicknames .
66. Camp Trump has accused his son Hunter Biden of corruption, but there is no hard evidence to support these accusations.
67. Its vice-president will be Kamala Harris, the first woman and first black person to take up this post.
68. The California elected official was her opponent during the Democratic primary. While he had asked her “not to go too hard”, she attacked him on his record as a senator.
69. Beau Biden worked with Kamala Harris for a long time (and their friendship was part of Joe Biden’s decision to make her his running mate).
70. Tara Reade, a former parliamentary assistant, accused Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993, while he was a senator. The Democrat says “that never happened . “
71. Seven other women accused Joe Biden of inappropriate gestures, such as “hugs a little too long” or kisses on the head.
72. During the 2019 Democratic primaries campaign, he twice claimed to have met survivors of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting while he was vice president. But the attack took place more than a year after the end of his term.
73. In 2019, Forbes estimated Joe and Jill Biden’s fortune at $9 million.
74. He received the support of Peruvian shamans during the campaign.
75. He also had the backing of actors Tom Hanks, Alyssa Milano, Alec Baldwin and singer Cher.
76. When he is enthroned in Washington on January 20, 2021, Joe Biden will be the oldest president of the United States to be sworn in.