The suspense and the road to the supreme office will have been long for Joe Biden. But the Democratic candidate was announced this Saturday as the winner in the US presidential election.
According to the records of the American media, including the AP news agency which serves as a reference, he pocketed the grand voters he lacked by winning in Pennsylvania (20 grand voters), thus exceeding the bar of the 270 necessary voters. to gain access to the White House.
On Twitter, Joe Biden welcomed the announcement and promised to be “the president of all Americans.”
If Donald Trump, who a few minutes before this announcement still assured that he had won the election, has not said his last word, Joe Biden, well placed to also win in Arizona, Georgia or Nevada , emerges victorious from “the battle for the soul of America” as he summed up his duel against Donald Trump. And barring a twist, the native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, will therefore be the oldest president in the history of the United States to be invested next January. At 78, he will largely beat the previous record set four years ago by Trump, aged 70 when he took office. Even Ronald Reagan was not so old at the end of his two terms (77 years).
Bringing together a divided country
Biden will be tasked with holding the helm of a country divided, fractured and caught in the storm of a pandemic that has claimed more than 230,000 lives. This quest for unity, he will also have to lead it within his political family. Barack Obama may well present Biden’s program as “the most progressive” in the history of presidential elections, many on the left of the Democratic Party are wondering about its real desire for change.
To say that Joe Biden is a man with solid political background is an understatement. The contrast with its predecessor is striking. The Oval Office, Biden already knows from floor to ceiling for having been the vice president of Barack Obama for eight years. Elected senator from Delaware from 1972 to 2008, he also has the advantage of being a fine connoisseur of the workings of Congress.
Political failures and intimate dramas
Service records that did not prevent Biden from having experienced his share of political setbacks before experiencing the presidential apotheosis. Chosen by the Democrats at the expense of Bernie Sanders to challenge Trump despite a very slow start to the campaign, he had broken his teeth twice in the primaries. In 1988, a plagiarism scandal for one of his speeches forced him to put an end to his ambitions. Twenty years later, he throws in the towel after a rout from the first caucus in Iowa.
The life of the next President of the United States is also marked by intimate battles – he struggled with a stutter as a child – and personal tragedies. In December 1972, when he had just been elected to the Senate, his wife Neilia and his one-year-old granddaughter died in a car accident. His two sons, Hunter and Beau, are also injured.
In 2015, Beau died of brain cancer at the age of 46 and led Joe Biden not to run for the Democratic nomination, ultimately won by Hillary Clinton. The ghost of the missing son continues to hover over his father. “Beau should be the one running for president, not me,” Joe Biden said in January. “Every morning I get up and […] ask me: “Is he proud of me?” “
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr