Old politician, Democrat Joe Biden finally managed to snatch victory from Donald Trump on Saturday, four days after the presidential election. In January, he will become the 46th President of the United States.
A long career
First known north of the border for having been Barack Obama’s vice-president from 2008 to 2016, Joe Biden began his political career in 1972, when he became a senator in the state of Delaware at just 29 years old. He held this position until he became Vice-President.
Not a first
By entering the White House, Joe Biden fulfills an old dream. Indeed, he first tried to run for the Democratic primary for the 1988 election, before being quickly forced to drop out of the race after plagiarizing much of a speech. He had also tried his luck in 2008, before being beaten by a certain … Barack Obama!
Shaped by dramas
Joe Biden’s life hasn’t always been rosy. Just weeks after her very first election victory in 1972, his first wife Neilia died in a car crash, along with their barely 1 year old daughter, Naomi. Her two sons were also injured in the collision. Most recently, in May 2015, her eldest son, Beau, died of brain cancer when he was just 46 years old.
In nearly half a century of politics, Joe Biden has had to vote on hundreds of landmark proposals, including some that come back to haunt him today. He notably voted in favor of the Iraq war in 2003 and found himself supporting certain policies that have undermined the emancipation of the black population, including a crime law in 1994 which led to a population increase. prison, especially among African Americans.
Close to minorities
Even so, Joe Biden enjoys great popularity among the African American population, which he has sought to support with various policies. This support was shown during the Democratic primary in South Carolina, the first he won last winter after three bitter failures. He also opted for a black running mate, Kamala Harris, a first in American political history.
Attached to Delaware
Born in Scranton, Pa., Joe Biden grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, where his family moved when he was 10 years old. A devout Catholic with Irish roots, he has remained attached to this small town near Philadelphia, where he continued to attend church regularly until recently.