Joseph (Joe) Robinette Biden, Jr. is an American politician and former vice president. 46th President of the United States.
Joe Biden was born on November 20, 1942 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. His parents are natives of Ireland.
He was educated at Archmere Academy Catholic School and the University of Delaware in Newark. He studied history and political science.
In 1965, he started working as a lawyer and went to Syracuse College of Law in New York. In 1968, he graduated with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree.
In 1972, he was first elected to the U.S. Senate for the Democratic Party, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, who was also a senator.
He soon wanted to give up his Senate seat when his wife Neilia Hunter and daughter Naomi Christine were killed in a car accident and his two sons, Joseph Biden III and Robert Hunter, were badly burned. But then-Democratic Party Chairman Mike Mansfield talked him out of his emotional decision.
In the Senate, Biden served on the foreign policy and legal policy committees. He was also active in legislative work.
In 1974 Time magazine included Biden in its "200 Persons of the Future" list.
Subsequently, Biden was successfully elected to the Senate several more times.
First Presidential Race
In 1987, Biden announced his participation in the US presidential elections to be held in 1988. However, he was subsequently forced to withdraw his candidacy when it was discovered that, despite his statements, he was not a top graduate in prep school, university and law school. The media also learned that Biden had been found to have plagiarized while in law school.
In addition, it turned out that Biden, who was praised for his oratory skills, partially copied speeches by British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock.
In 1988, doctors diagnosed Biden with a cerebral vascular aneurysm. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition and underwent surgery. Biden was able to return to work in the Senate only after seven months of rehabilitation.
Role in U.S. politics
With each subsequent election to the Senate, Biden played an increasingly important role in U.S. politics. In particular, he authored the Violent Crimes and Law Enforcement Act, which increased police powers and funding and made legislation regarding law enforcement uniform for all states. He was also one of the authors of the Violence Against Women Act.
In 1997, his Yugoslavia policy influenced decisions made by President Bill Clinton. He also played an important role as head of the foreign policy committee in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
In 2007 he was one of the authors of a new law on criminal offenses, which strengthened responsibility for computer hacking, file sharing with copyrighted materials and child pornography. Biden also authored legislation to increase penalties for the distribution and use of ketamine, flunitrazepam and ecstasy and legislation to improve access to higher education in the United States.
The 2008 Presidential Race
In 2007, Biden again declared his candidacy for the U.S. presidency. However, he had too low a chance compared to the other Democratic candidates: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
He was also criticized for his statements about Obama, whom he called "the first mainstream African American ... who can talk, is smart, neat, and good looking."
But that didn't stop him from becoming Obama's vice presidential nominee in 2008.
In November of that year, Obama and Biden won the election.
Presidential Election 2020
After it became known that Biden wanted to run again in the presidential campaign, Obama and Clinton supported his candidacy.
In June 2020, the Democratic Party officially nominated Biden as its presidential candidate.
Biden subsequently officially agreed to become the presidential nominee and announced Kamala Harris as his running mate.
On November 7, Biden was declared the winner of the U.S. election, with the official decision still to wait. In addition, Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, has unreasonably claimed that the election was rigged and intends to challenge the results in the courts.
The Biden Administration.
On November 23, 2020, Biden's staff released a list of candidates for key positions in the administration of the 46th president of the United States.
Anthony Blinken is the candidate to head the U.S. State Department;
Jake Sullivan - candidate for national security adviser;
Avril Haynes - candidate for director of U.S. national intelligence;
Alejandro Mallorcas - candidate for Secretary of Homeland Security;
Linda Thomas-Greenfield - candidate for U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations;
John Kerry - candidate for U.S. president's special envoy on climate issues.
The inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took place on January 20, 2021.
Biden and Ukraine
Biden first paid an official visit to Ukraine in July 2009, when he held talks with then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko. Then an agreement was reached on the creation of the Ukrainian-American Commission on Strategic Partnership.
In April 2014, Biden came to Ukraine again to testify to the support of the Ukrainian government after the events of the Revolution of Dignity and the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.
In June of the same year, he led the U.S. delegation to the inauguration of newly elected Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
Biden's third visit to Ukraine was in December 2015, when he addressed the Verkhovna Rada
In January 2018, Biden said that the authorities in Ukraine fired the prosecutor general at his request. Biden himself, talking about it, called the head of the GPU "son of a bitch." Obviously, we are talking about Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.
Subsequently, the U.S. tried to present this story as evidence that the Democrats are interfering in the politics of another country.
Biden is a strict Catholic. During his time in the Senate, he distinguished himself by his modesty. In particular, he always takes public transportation home from work. Biden's annual income is about $300,000, making him one of the poorest senators.
Biden is married for the second time. In 1977, several years after his wife died, Biden married Jill Tracy Jacobs. They have a daughter, Ashley.
Biden also has five grandchildren.