Joe Biden Is The 46th President Of The United States

After nearly a week of close calls, recounts, and some of the most razor thin margins in US history, Joe Biden has been elected as the 46th President of the United States.

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After Biden passed Trump in Pennsylvania last Thursday Americans knew it was only a matter of time for the call to be made, regardless of current President Trump’s constant baseless claims that the election is being run illegitimately due to the fact that all absentee ballots have been vigorously counted, not in his favor. 

Now, Biden and his team have already gotten to work in what’s being referred to as one of the most turbulent transitions of power in presidential history. Biden made it clear in his initial speech to the American People that he would be working hard to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, high rates of unemployment, systemic racism, and climate crisis that is only further fueling the fire of a divided nation who have been combating each other for the past four years. 

On top of that, the current standing president is refusing to concede defeat and is continuously insisting that he would be pressing legal charges to get to the bottom of all the election irregularities and illegitimacy that he’s been so adamantly claiming is occurring with no evidence. Regardless, Biden, the 77-year-old former US Senator from Delaware who was also the vice-president to Barack Obama, was officially projected the victor this past Saturday morning before addressing the American people for the first time as their 46th president.

“I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide, but to unify. This is the time to heal in America.”

Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris made history by becoming not only the first woman to hold the vice presidential position, but also the first Black individual and person of South Asian descent to hold the position. “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” she said in her speech that preceded Biden’s. 

Both Harris and Biden made it clear that they knew their administration would have a lot to deal with when it comes to America’s many systems that need work, however, their initial priority is going to be getting the Covid-19 pandemic under control and curbing the spread to keep Americans much safer than they’ve been for the past nine months. 

Biden is announcing his own Covid-19 task-force today which will be co-chaired by former surgeon general Dr Vivek Murthy and the former food and drug administration commissioner Dr David Kessler. This task-force will be responsible for executing Biden’s plans for tackling the pandemic, which will include doubling the number of drive-through testing sites, “establishing a US public health job corps to mobilize 100,000 Americans on contact tracing; and ramping up production of masks, face shields and other PPE,” according to his administration. 

Beyond that, Biden is also planning to pass a wave of executive orders as soon as he takes office in January. These orders include repealing the ban on travelers from Muslim-majority countries, rejoining the Paris climate accord, and reversing Trump’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization. He also will be strengthening a program that aims to protect from the deportation of undocumented immigrants who were brought into the US as children.

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“It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, and make progress. We have to stop treating our opponents as our enemies. They are not our enemies. They’re Americans.”

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While Biden may be entering into a tumultuous White House environment – considering the Senate is still Republican controlled as well as the House of Representatives gaining more Republican seats – the American people are confident that they gave him a proper “mandate of action” in terms of how they voted. These “mandates” are the reason Biden has already released certain details on plans regarding the coronavirus, climate change, the economy, racial justice, etc. 

Current standing president Donald Trump was playing golf when the news dropped on Saturday, and ever since he’s only continued to tweet media conspiracy theories and misinformation regarding the legitimacy of the democratic process when it comes to elections. The Republican party has either quietly backed away from Trump during this time of refusing to concede while others have loudly voiced their support. First lady Melania Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner are said to be among those advising Trump to concede gracefully. 

Regardless of how much longer it takes for our government to recount the votes per the current president’s request, if there’s one thing that’s certain it’s that Americans seem a lot more hopeful this week than they did the one prior. Biden offered a sense of hope, love, and reliance on scientific fact to combat the coming months and all they will throw at us. “I hope it can provide some comfort and solace to the 230,000 Americans who have lost a loved one to this terrible virus this year. My heart goes out to each and every one of you.” 

Former President George W. Bush recently spoke with the media about how he offered his congratulations to Biden and how he was excited for his “opportunity to lead and unify our country.” He also explained how the current president has the right to request recounts and pursue legal challenges, but the American people should be confident in their electoral process that has now given Joe Biden the 46th presidency of the United States.