A few months ago, Joe Biden was simply the hope of the Democrats in the presidential election. Now, the 78-year-old politician becomes the new president of the United States on Wednesday.
Biden’s rise to the top of American politics could not be more in contrast to that of his predecessor, Donald Trump: an almost flawless and consistent career that was built within the ranks of the Democratic Party. From its modest beginnings in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Biden graduated from the University of Delaware with a law degree and briefly worked as a lawyer before turning to politics. He became one of the youngest senators in the country after a surprising victory in 1972, the beginning of a distinguished four-decade political life on Capitol Hill. A life that was about to be derailed by tragedy, when his first wife and daughter Amy were killed in a car accident.
Years later, the misfortune of death would separate him from his son Beau, who suffered a brain turmoil in 2015.
In 1987, his presidential candidacy was unsuccessful, but that did not prevent Biden from running again 20 years later, the year of Barak Obama who with overwhelming charisma overshadowed him. But Obama valued his experience and chose him as his second in command.
Undaunted by the skepticism of many, he entered the race for the third time to fight for the 2020 Democratic nomination. And after a timid start he prevailed against Bernie Sanders, his main progressive rival.
Later, Biden had to face not only his party colleagues but also the accusations of the then candidate and president Donald Trump. During the last year he has had to face questions about his age and mental health, and it is that his constant lapses have been the reason for multiple gossip and an electoral weapon against him. Also because due to the pandemic, he has spent much of the campaign locked up in his Delaware residence.
In addition, at 78 years old, he will be the oldest president in the history of the United States, which has also put all the spotlight on the vice president-elect, Kamala Harris.
“Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe. I just hope you have the intelligence, long questioned, to run a successful primary campaign. It will be unpleasant, you will have to deal with people who really have very sick and insane ideas. But if you do, I’ll see you at the exit door, “Trump wrote.
The Republican leader’s team also tried to portray the blue centrist as a hostage of the left of his party and discredit him with the alleged irregularities in his son Hunter’s business in Ukraine.
Biden put on the gloves for the presidential debates. But the American public saw the meeting quickly turn into a media circus.
Two totally opposite personalities, the face of a country fractured in two. However, Biden’s discourse prevailed over Trump’s.
Now Biden will have to govern in one of the most difficult moments imaginable, with a political, economic and health crisis that devastates the country. It also has the tough task of reconciling a deeply polarized nation.