President Biden: "America is Rising Anew"

The U.S. President Joe Biden has addressed a joint session in Congress for the first time since taking office. President Biden declared that "America is rising anew" in his speech, in which he highlighted his economic plans.

The U.S. President has started his speech by saying, "It has been 100 days since I inherited a nation in crisis. I can tell you this after 100 days: America is advancing again by turning peril into possibility, crisis into opportunity, setbacks into strengths."

Highlighting the process made regarding the fight with the pandemic since his taking office, Joe Biden said, "Less than 1% of the seniors were fully vaccinated when I was sworn in. Approximately 70% of the seniors are vaccinated after 100 days." He also called for those who have not been vaccinated so far to get the vaccine.

-He explained the details of the family support plan.
-"Middle class" emphasis: "It is time for the wealthiest 1% of the American population to begin to pay their fair share."
-"We must prove America's adversaries wrong." said President Biden. He also stated that they have to prove the U.S. democracy works, solves the public's problems, and gives results.
-George Floyd and the police reform message
"We must work together to eliminate systemic racism in the criminal justice system and to restore the trust between the police and the people they serve," he said.

A message for China

Relations with China were also on the agenda of U.S. President Biden. He said that he clearly stated in his talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping that they do not want conflict with China and they will defend America's interests across the board.

"We can end cancer."
President Biden underlined that America should lead the world in the field of health and science. "I can think of no more worthy investment," said Biden. "Let's end cancer. It is within our power," he stated.

"Gun violence is an epidemic in America."


"I know how hard it is to make progress on this issue. I will do everything in my power to protect the American people from this epidemic of gun violence. But it's time for Congress to act as well." he said.

A first in American history

Behind the President of the U.S. for the first time sat two senior female government officials, Vice President Kamala Harris and the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

About 200 people watched President's speech due to the pandemic.
 
Polls after the President Speech:
 
CBS News-YouGov: 85% of viewers said they approved of Biden’s speech
 
A CNN-SSRS : 78% of respondents had a very or somewhat positive reaction to Biden’s speech
 
President Biden's first Congressional speech  drew 26.9 million viewers, according to figures from ratings company Nielsen. 45th President Trump's first speech at Congress had 47.7 million viewers in 2017.
 

Journalist, Ali Cinar

We have experienced 'firsts' in US history!

The inauguration ceremony, for which the world has been holding its breath, ended in an exceptionally colorful and uneventful manner. The ceremony attended by close to one thousand people, from former presidents to celebrities, took place in a warm atmosphere despite the cold weather. Representing the previous administration, former Vice President Mike Pence attended the ceremony and was warmly greeted by her successor, Kamala Harris, and President Joe Biden. Harris and her husband did not neglect to have a photograph taken with the Pence couple at the end of the ceremony, and they also saw them off in person.

Although Donald Trump wished Biden success without mentioning his name, it has also been said that he left the new President a letter. However, the content of this letter is not clear for now. As Trump did, Biden also did not refer to Trump by his name and rather referred to him as the "former administrations" in his post-oath speech, while at the same time giving a message of "unity" on numerous occasions.

The security impact ensured by 25,000 National Guards in the Capital was felt. Military trucks and SUV-type vehicles that we are used to seeing in the Middle East had proverbially become the decor of the central streets of the city. While there were no serious or big incidents in the city, the celebrations of Biden supporters stood out.

However, measures taken to ensure security have harassed the residents of Washington. I had to pass through 3 separate security points to enter the White House while getting frisked and ID checked. My body temperature was also measured as part of the Covid-19 measures taken due to the ceremony.

 The characteristics of the new administration


Let us now talk about the "firsts" of the Biden administration:

Joe Biden is the second Catholic President in US history, after John F. Kennedy;

Kamala Harris is the first female vice-president in US history;

Trump is the first US president to boycott his successor's inauguration, after Andrew Johnson's boycott in 1869;

This was the first time where there were such a small attendance and such extraordinary security measures at an inauguration ceremony;

For the first time in history, US Army investigated the personal histories of 25,000 US National Guards to prevent an inside threat.

For the first time in history, all businesses in the Capital were closed.

For the first time in history, two hundred thousand USA flags were placed in front of the Capitol building.

For the first time in history, five hundred thousand US Dollars' worth of cleaning was carried in the White House,

For the first time in history, a President (Trump) was impeached twice by the House of Representatives.

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