Will Biden show more strength?
In a joint session of Congress, President Biden delivered his first State of the Union address. The speech on Tuesday began with a warning for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Among the key comments made by the President was a reassurance that he would control the inflation rates and handle the economic rise in prices which has led to many Americans being worried. He also spoke about the future of the country regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the hourlong address, the President focused on sending messages of unity, and spoke in support of his domestic agenda which is known as “Building a Better America.” After a year in office, President Biden has yet to manage to pass the agenda, which is why he urged “What are we waiting for? Let’s get this done!” This new agenda is built up from the Build Back Better $2 trillion plan that he had been unsuccessful in passing so far.
Biden also spoke about the military invasion of Ukraine by Russia and praised the Ukrainian response. This was a rare moment in the side as bipartisan applause broke out from both sides.
Biden said, “The free world is holding [Putin] responsible.” HE also spoke about the importance of the NATO alliance during this time.
Further in his address, he spoke about the rising gasoline prices which have led to a lot of domestic concerns. Finally, the President spoke extensively about the COVID-19 pandemic which has led to the largest inflation rates in decades. The economy is a big concern for many Americans in the current climate. On this Biden said “Inflation is robbing them of the gains they might otherwise feel. I get it,” further adding. “That’s why my top priority is getting prices under control.”
The U.S. also appears to be moving forward in regard to the pandemic as the CDC recently announced that many lawmakers and attendees could remain unmasked during the State of the Union. Many states are also opening up and lifting their mask mandates.