Written By Ishton W. Morton – April 29th, 2021
President Joe Biden has achieved his first 100 days in office as the nation emerged from a menacing mixed of crises. As he make his case before the American people he pared-down gathering of mask-wearing legislators because of pandemic restrictions.
On Wednesday night April 28th, 2021 in his first address to a joint session of Congress Biden declared “America is rising anew,” and pointed optimistically to the nation’s emergence from the pandemic as a vital moment to rebuild the U.S. economy and fundamentally transform government roles in American life.
His presentation took place in a surrounding that most unlike any other presidential address. The venue was familiar, but the U.S. Capitol still is still surrounded by fencing after the building was stormed in January by insurrectionists protesting his election.
He spoke in extreme highly personal terms as he demanded a massive structural changes urging a $1.8 trillion investment in children, families and education to help rebuild an economy devastated by the virus and compete with rising global competitors.
Reportedly, the nationally televised ceremony of a president standing before Congress for the first time was one of the most watched moments of Biden’s presidency so far, a chance to sell his plans to voters of both parties, even if Republican lawmakers prove resistant.
Also, Biden is receiving extremely favorability ratings across at least a dozen countries since Biden took office, although ratings have plummeted in China, according to a new poll.
In comparison to his predecessor, President Biden has fared much better in the court of public opinion during the first 100 days of his administration. The latest survey from Gallup, released just last week, found that 57% of Americans approved of Biden’s job as commander in chief. Forty percent of those polled disapproved and 3% had no opinion. These findings has far exceeded those calculated at the first 100-day mark of Donald Trump‘s presidency. At that time in 2017, Trump had a 41% approval rating.
According to a new poll conducted by POLITICO and Morning Consult shows, Joe Biden earned relatively high marks from both independents and members of his own party through 100 days in office, but the president has yet to impress Republicans despite his promises of bipartisanship on the campaign trail and in office. Quite simple, the Republicans are just not interested in serving the people. Their agenda is completely self-centered. They have lost their way and the wind is not in their sails.
Eighty-five percent of Democrats polled gave Biden an “A” or “B” grade for his first 100 days in office, while 44% of independents surveyed gave Biden the same marks. That’s more independent and intraparty support for Biden than former President Donald Trump got in his first 100 days, when just 32% of independents surveyed and 72% of Republicans polled gave Trump either an “A” or a “B”. During his speech Biden continued to say, “America is ready for takeoff. We are working again. Dreaming again, Discovering again, Leading the world again. We have shown each other and the world: There is no quit in America.”
He added, “I can report to the nation: America is on the move again turning peril into possibility, Crisis into opportunity and Setback into strength.”
This year was a year of historical proportion. For the very first time we have a female Vice President, Kamala Harris, was seated behind the chief executive. Next to her was another woman, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, both clad in pastel.
Biden was extremely upbeat, forceful and deliberate. Evidence of this came as Biden greeted, “Madam Vice President.” He added “No president has ever said those words from this podium, and it’s about time.” The scene was familiar yet strange, with members of Congress spread out, a sole Supreme Court justice in attendance and many Republicans citing “scheduling conflicts” to stay away. There was no need for a “designated survivor,” with so many Cabinet members not there, and the chamber was so sparsely populated that individual claps could be heard echoing off the walls.
He said relentlessly, “I have never been more confident or more optimistic about America. We have stared into an abyss of insurrection and autocracy — of pandemic and pain — and ‘We the People’ did not flinch.”
Additionally, he continued to hammer home how his plans will put Americans back to work, restoring millions of jobs lost to the virus. He laid out a sweeping proposal for universal preschool, two years of free community college, $225 billion for child care and monthly payments of at least $250 to parents. His ideas target frailties that were uncovered by the pandemic, and he argues that that economic growth will best come from taxing the rich to help the middle class and the poor.
Also, his speech provided an update on combating the COVID-19 crisis he was elected to tame, showcasing hundreds of millions of vaccinations and relief checks delivered to help offset the devastation wrought by a virus that has killed more than 573,000 people in the United States. He championed his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, a staggering figure to be financed by higher taxes on corporations.
At the interim this apathetic Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina said in the Republicans’ designated response that Biden was claiming too much credit in fighting the pandemic and reviving the economy. He was just a disgrace. He gave new meaning to worthless cliché give it to Mike. He is carrying a bucket of dirty water that does not belong to him.