The last time we looked at Joe Biden, he was serving in the Senate. We talked about his influence on U.S. foreign policy and his support for voting rights legislation. We also discussed the death of his son, Beau, in 2015 due to brain cancer. In this article, we look at some of Biden’s accomplishments, both political and personal.
Biden’s career in the Senate
Biden met his future wife, Nelia Hunter, during spring break in the Bahamas in 1966. He says it was love at first sight. After graduating from Delaware University in 1965, he went to Syracuse University Law School. In 1966, he married Hunter, a former schoolmate. The couple had three children and began a long and successful career in Delaware politics.
Biden was born in 1942 and raised in an average middle-class family. His father moved the family to Delaware after taking a new job. While growing up, he had a stuttering problem. This caused him to drop out of college.
His influence on U.S. foreign policy
As U.S. vice president, Joe Biden has been an important player in the foreign policy of the United States. In November, Biden and Xi held a virtual summit. The meeting aimed to strengthen relations between the two countries. Moreover, Xi reportedly warned Biden against a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan. In addition, Biden has also pushed back the withdrawal deadline from Afghanistan from May 2021 to September 2021.
While Biden has not lived up to all his campaign promises, the president has consistently judged nations on their track records. These judgments may have made autocrats reconsider cracking down on dissidents. For example, the Saudis recently murdered Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and poisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The Iranian government recently temporarily paroled human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh in light of the U.S. election.
His support for voting-rights legislation
Vice President Joe Biden wants to strengthen public support for voting-rights legislation. He has a particular interest in the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Both would strengthen federal oversight of election jurisdictions that discriminate against voters. They would also make Election Day a national holiday and register new voters.
In a speech on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden discussed the importance of voting rights. He noted that while the country had long had voting rights laws, Republicans had blocked them. However, he compared the situation in recent years to past precedent, when both parties rallied around voting rights legislation.
His son Beau’s death in 2015 after a battle with brain cancer
Beau Biden III was a former Delaware attorney general and the son of Vice President Joe Biden. His death came after a battle with brain cancer. He was 48 years old. The Vice President’s son is survived by his wife, Hallie, and two children.
The family mourned the loss of their son Beau Biden in 2015. Beau’s death in 2015 was the first child of a sitting president since the death of Patrick Bouvier Kennedy in 1963. The two boys lived in Greenville, South Carolina, with their mother and younger sister. During his childhood, Beau was in an accident that killed his mother and baby sister Naomi, but he survived. His father eventually remarried. Jill Jacobs became Beau’s stepmother.
After his death from brain cancer in 2015, his family held a vigil at the bedside of his parents to remember him and the many people who cared for him. Beau Biden was the most wonderful person any of us could have known.
In the past few weeks, Vice President Joe Biden has found his political stride. His approval ratings have soared, but Republicans are expected to take control of the House and Senate in November. This will make governing a challenge. But it is too early to call the presidency a disaster, or to consider Biden’s legacy a failure.
Among Biden many achievements are the bipartisan infrastructure deal, gun safety legislation, and pandemic rescue plan. The White House says Biden’s plan lifted millions out of poverty.