The world is in full chaos due to the overwhelming cases of the COVID-19 pandemic taking lives from left to right, and so as the recent elections that have just occurred. Donald Trump and Joe Biden went head to head, neck to neck for the presidential seat until the election results spark joy for the majority of Americans (and left Trump supporters slouching in defeat).
January 20th 2021 marks a special day for the Americans as Joe Biden took the oath during the inauguration which many welcome with open arms. Joe Biden claimed victory as the new president of the United States, beating Donald Trump by 74 electoral votes difference. Biden secured 81.2 million votes in the nationwide popular vote, while Trump received 74.2 million votes.
Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., most commonly known as Joe Biden, has been serving in the United States Senate for 36 years. He was the youngest member of the Senate when he was elected to the Congress at the age of 29 years old and is now the oldest American president in US History, at 78 years old. He has also served two terms as Vice President under the 44th President of The United States of America, Barack Obama and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the former president days before his end term. It was the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Here are facts about the 46th President of The United States of America you should know:
He Was A Victim Of Bullying
Joe Biden has his fair share of childhood struggles, dealing with stutters. Growing up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and then in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he was bullied mercilessly as a young boy because of it. In a 2008 speech to the American Institute for Stuttering, he said that his pride was affected easily, deeply and completely back then. It does not help when a teacher, who was also a nun, ridiculed him, calling him “Mr. Bu-bu-bu-Biden,” causing him to walk out of class one day. His mother, Catherine Finnegan Biden, approached the teacher and warned to “tear the bonnet off her head” should she speak to him that way again.. The incident between him and the nun were specifically described in his 2008 memoir, ‘Promises To Keep: On Life and Politics.’
According to the Stuttering Foundation, his stuttering lasted during his youth and into his early twenties. So, Biden learned himself how to avoid stuttering by reading and reciting Irish poetry, including those by William Butler Yeats, in front of a mirror. He kept track and regulated his facial distortions as he spoke until he was able to overcome the stutters.
Even to this day, he can quote long excerpts of Irish poems he practiced before from memory.
He Is The Second US President Who Practices Catholic After John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was the first Catholic president in American history, then Joe Biden came second.
Joe Biden lost his son, Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer in 2015. He would hold Beau’s rosary in his wallet and attend Sunday Mass on a daily basis. During his presidential victory speech in November 2020, he mentioned the Catholic hymn “On Eagle’s Wings,” which he said was meaningful to his family and his late son.
What he says about his Catholic religion is that his strong faith sustains him, which he has the belief to sustain the nation as well. He prayed to offer the solace and consolation needed, and recited the line from the hymn: “And he will carry you on the breath of dawn on eagle’s wings. Let you shine like the sun, and he will keep you in the palm of his hand.”
He Was A Football Star Back In School Days
Even a well-known, most respected politician was an ace athlete who contributed the wins for his team. Biden, who played wide receiver and halfback at Delaware’s Archmere Academy, was a top scorer on the private Catholic school’s unbeaten football team during his senior year in 1960. Teammate Michae Fay even described Joe Biden as the primary pass catcher. For a skinny figured lad like him, his former coach E. John Walsh, complimented him as one of the best pass receivers he ever had in 16 years of coaching.
2020 Marks His Third Run For President
Biden has previously run for president twice. According to Britannica, he suspended his campaign in 1988 due to plagiarism charges leveled against British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock. In 2008, his campaign never gained traction, and he dropped out after finishing fifth in the Iowa Democratic Caucus.
Joe Biden is a man of compassion, and is an inspiration to many for starting from the bottom to the top. There are even hospital staff who see him as an example, like those who work as janitors under Cleaning Services Insurance can be nurses in the future under the same building.