Third Time’s a Charm

Ashton Carter

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. is an American politician who became one of the youngest people ever elected to the United States Senate in 1972 serving 6 terms amounting to 36 years. Ironically, now he is the oldest person ever to be elected to the presidency at 78. While in the senate Biden headed many committees including the Judiciary Committee from 1987- 1995 and the Foreign Relations Committee from 2007-2009. Also, Biden was the chair of the International Narcotics Control Caucus from 2007-2009. Barack Obama made history when he won the presidency in 2008. When he chose then Senator Joe Biden to be his running mate he went safe. He had been in Washington for 36 years, he was loved by the country and his home state, Delaware, he had chaired many committees, and he had already run for president twice, in 1988 and 2008. Now, Joe Biden has not only made history as the oldest candidate to secure the presidency, but he also shattered that glass ceiling Hillary Clinton talked about in 2008 and 2016 when he chose Kamala Harris to be his running mate. She is not only the first woman to be elected to the White House but is also the first Black and Asian-American woman. 

Kamala Harris has spent her life fighting against injustice. She has served as the District Attorney for the city and county of San Francisco. In addition, Ms. Harris also served as the District Attorney of California, where she once again broke barriers as the first African-American and first woman to hold that position. Then in 2017, she became the second African-American woman and the first South Asian American to serve within the United States Senate, and the first new senator for the state of California in more than 20 years! 

This year the United States population voted in simply unprecedented numbers. Democratic and Republican voters showed up for their candidates on November 3rd; Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. and Kamala Harris received 81,268,867 votes and won 306 electoral votes, amounting to their victory, while Donald Trump and Michael Pence received 74,216,747 votes and 232 electoral votes. Ironically this was the same result in 2016, but with Donald Trump receiving 306 electoral votes and Hillary Clinton receiving 232 electoral votes. On November, 7th 2020 Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris won the presidency becoming the “President-elect” and the “Vice President-elect.”

With the start of a new year many Americans are hoping for some pretty drastic changes concerning our country. Some of these include hoping our next President will hold true to his promises and rebuild the soul of the nation. Joe Biden has already started this by assembling the most diverse and inclusive cabinet in our nation’s history, one of the most groundbreaking appointments was Pete Buttigieg for Transportation Secretary; Pete is the first openly gay politician to have ran for president and now is the first openly gay cabinet member. Some people view Joe Biden’s 50 years in Washington as a bad thing but, after 4 years of an “outsider” president who diversified his own party, the country, and made most of our fellow nations very upset is it really that bad to have someone who was a Senator and Vice President as Commander-in-Chief? Many are hoping that Joe Biden will restore Washington to the bipartisan force it once was; unlike its current state that has been split into a million pieces by partisan politics.