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POLITIXXX Profiler: The No Malarkey Life and Career of Joe Biden

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John Leonard Landicho
John Leonard Landicho is a writer-correspondent of Politixxx Today. He graduated senior high school in San Beda University. He is currently studying Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in Ateneo de Manila University.

Almost half century of public service with bipartisan allies and numerous sponsored bills. A senator during the time of Watergate scandal to the Great Recession of 2008 and a vice president of the man who changed the political landscape of America. Joe Biden is now ready to serve and restore decency and character of his nation.

Small beginnings

Joe Robinette Biden Jr. was born in November 20, 1942 to a Catholic family in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Because of his father’s inability to secure a job in their small town, their family has decided to move in Claymont, Delaware, where his father found work as a car salesman.

young Joe Biden. Photo from Joe Biden website

Young Biden attended Catholic schools including Claymont’s Archmere Academy where he became an athlete and a class president. He later graduated in 1961.

In 1965, He enrolled at the University of Delaware, where he majored in political science and history. During his junior year of college, he met his future wife, Neilia Hunter in Bahamas, they later tied the knot in a Catholic church in New York and had two sons and a daughter named Beau, Hunter and Naomi.

Law, marriage and politics

Joe entered law school in Syracuse University College of Law. He received his law degree, passed his bar exam on the same year of Beau’s birth.

For four years, Biden worked at a law firm lead by a Democrat who introduced him to the Democratic Party. He and his colleague eventually built their own law firm.

Biden ran in a local race for New Castle County Council as a Democrat and won upon taking Democratic platform such as public housing, in which he received racist phone calls

At age 29 turning 30, Biden challenged their incumbent Republican US state senator, he then won that race with a margin of 447 votes, making him one of the youngest senators of America.

Shortly before he was sworn in his senate position, A car accident took the life of his wife and their daughter, while his two sons were hospitalized. Because of this tragedy, Biden almost resigned to his post but was convinced by the majority leader to accept the role.

Instead of moving into D.C., He made a decision to use the bus as a means of going to his work in Capitol Hill so he could stay with his sons in their home.

He remarried after five years of grief to a schoolteacher, Jill Jacobs.

Career in legislation

Biden won six reelection races since his tenure as a Democratic senator from Delaware. In his extensive career in Senate, he was appointed as head of several senate committees. He had co-sponsored and legislated 42 bills, some were progressive and problematic policies today and during that time.

Biden drafted the controversial 1994 crime law during the Clinton administration that resulted to an increase in imprisonment especially the African Americans.

He strongly opposed spread of nuclear weapons, chemical weapons and assault rifles in the 90s, and he voted against the first Gulf War and in favor of the War in Iraq in the 2000s.

As chairman of the Judicial committee, he opposed the nomination of now Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ federal judgeship nomination and supreme court nomination of conservative judge Robert Bork. He also lead the long confirmation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as well as the nomination of Clarence Thomas and the hearings of Professor Anita Hill. He expressed regret over his actions and decisions at this time.

There are issues where he reversed his opinion such as the Roe v. Wade, gay marriage, and others.

photo from Joe Biden website

Early Presidential campaigns

The 46- year old Biden at the time ran for the Democratic party nomination against Dukakis, Rev. Jackson, then Senator Gore, and many others. Scandals plagued his campaign including plagiarized speech, taking parts of UK’s Neil Kinoock, Robert Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey’s speeches, and others like the false academic records and fabricated civil rights march story. He later dropped of the race to focus on Bork’s confirmation hearings.

Two decades later, He once again announced his candidacy for president. Among his contenders are his current political allies, Senator Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. During the campaign season, he called Obama “inexperienced” and “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” He suspended his campaign after coming in fifth in Iowa.

When Democratic candidate Obama sealed the nomination and gained the support of his rival, Hillary Clinton. He made a shortlist of potential VP candidates, he instantly chose Senator Biden as his vice president, completing the 2008 Democratic ticket.

One heartbeat away

For 8 years under the Obama administration, Joe Biden served as his vice president, the first in line to the succession and president of the US Senate. Under Obama-Biden, the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare was passed by the House. Their administration revitalized the failing economy and saved the auto industry. They are also responsible for the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

On the election year, Biden expressed his support for marriage equality, clashing with the president’s political stance and pushing him to announce his support for the same cause.

In 2015, a heartbreaking event stormed the Biden family when Beau Biden, the Attorney General of Delaware and the vice president’s first son died of brain cancer. His funeral was attended by key United States icons and leaders.

President Obama surprised Vice President Biden with the prestigious medal of freedom on the last days of their service. An honor that was only given to Pope John Paul II, President Reagan and Secretary Powell.

Battle for the soul of the nation

Biden threw his hat for the third time to challenge the incumbent President. He met plenty of strong rivals such as Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris and others who attacked his record on race, healthcare, LGBT issues, and Tara Reade’s sexual allegation claim against him. He clinched the nomination after winning South Carolina, Super Tuesday and more states. He picked California senator and his Democratic opponent, Kamala Harris thus completed the party ticket against the Trump-Pence reelection bid.

With days before the election, polling data from FiveThirtyEight2020, Cook Political Report, Politico and Economist showed Biden’s great chance of winning the presidency. The journey in becoming the oldest president of American History continues as the Biden-Harris battles for the soul of the nation.

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