Learn about our new President and Vice President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Learn about our new President and Vice President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Anastasia Gordivsky and Evan Finamore, Staff Writers

Sixth grader Kate Vasquez
Sixth grader Samuel Mitchell
Vice president Kamala Harris
President Joe Biden
Mr Moffitt eighth grade teacher

 

The election of 2020 declared Joe Biden and Kamala Harris the new president and vice president of the United States of America. Despite being an intense election with lots of protesting in many ways, and lots of problems with the White House mobs and plenty of confusion, President Joe Biden, who is also the former Vice President for Barack Obama and Former Senator and Vice President Kamala Harris were both elected historically and fairly. Although Kamala Harris and Joe Biden are two well-known significant figures, the process of this election has also been historic. First, this election was in the middle of the pandemic, causing different ways of voting. Mail in ballots were very common this year as well as other unusual ways of voting. Another factor of the craziness that is part of this historic election is the outgoing President, Donald Trump. He has made several claims, saying he won the election, and second he has filed lawsuits all across the country, and third he has had many cases declined, claiming that there was “Voter Fraud”, even though no one tampered with the voting system and Joe Biden was elected fairly. Although there was no evidence of voter fraud, this had led to violence all across the country. For example, there have been Republican mobs across the country who have been protesting that Donald Trump should’ve won the election, and the mobs have been attacking and killing a lot of people.   

On November 13, 2020, Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Joe Biden, 78 years old, the former vice president of the United States, became the oldest person to become president. The results have been shown later than expected, but now we have a new president who has made history. Let’s get to know our new president a little more and see what kind of person is running the United States.

Joe Biden was the first-born out of his other three siblings on November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Later, Joe Biden’s family moved to Claymont, Delaware, in 1953. Then, after several years, he graduated from the University of Delaware and Syracuse Law School and served on the New Castle County Council. Eventually, he was elected to the United States Senate at age 29- one of the youngest members to ever be elected to the Senate. He continued to travel to Washington by train as a member of the Senate, and made a promise to be loyal to the Senate. But weeks after he was elected to the senate, Biden’s wife Neilia and their one-year old daughter Naomi were killed, and their two sons were critically injured in an auto accident. In 1977, Biden married Jill Jacobs, who has a P.h.D in education and teaches at a DC-area community college. Now they have three children: Ashley, a social worker, Hunter, an attorney, and Beau, who serves as Delaware’s attorney general. Joe Biden also has five grandchildren; Naomi, Finnegan, Roberta Mabel, Natalie, and Robert Hunter.

As a U.S senator, Joe Biden was widely recognized for his work on criminal justice issues like the landmark 1994 Crime Bill and the Violence Against Women Act, and he was at the forefront of issues like terrorism, mass destruction weapons, and Southeast Asia. He has continued his leadership on important issues as the 46th US president. Joe Biden implemented the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and he has focused on the issues of college affordability and American manufacturing growth to help middle class Americans. A lot of important events have been done by him too. He helped to secure the Senate’s approval of the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia. The war in Iraq was ended by Biden responsibly in December 2011. Also, Joe Biden has supported the Administration and represented our country by reestablishing leadership in the Asia Pacific, advancing support for Israel’s security, securing approval in Europe for the Administration’s more effective approach to missile defense, fighting drug trafficking and international crime with Latin American leaders, and building relations with leaders in Africa. Overall, he has traveled to more than two dozen countries, including Germany, Belgium, and Chile.

On January 20, 2021, Joe Biden was inaugurated in Washington D.C at 12 pm EST. The month had been difficult and shocking, with the pro-Trump mobs attacking the White House with violence and trying to bring Congress’s vote to certify Biden’s election to a pause, but nevertheless, Joe Biden had a successful inauguration as the 46th president of the United States of America. Now we are going to wait and see what actions he is going to do in the future.

Along with being elected the new Vice President in 2020, Kamala broke a lot of records and changed history along the way. She became the first vice president of color in the United States, the first female vice president, and the first Asian American vice president of the United States. Before that, she was elected as the District Attorney of San Francisco, the California attorney general, and a United States senator. 

She was born in Oakland, California to parents from India and Jamaica. Later, she finished school in the Hastings College of Law in the University of California, and in Howard University. Kamala Harris and her sister Maya Harris were inspired by their mother, who received a degree as a doctor in the year Kamala Harris was born. Justice runs in the family, as Kamala Harris’s parents were activists and often brought her to political events and introduced her to political figures, which inspired her to be a prosecutor. She married Douglas Emhoff in 2014, and now they have children named Ella and Cole.

During her career, Kamala Harris joined the Alameda County District Attorney’s office for prosecuting child sexual assault cases, created a program for people charged with drug offenses to be able to get jobs and graduate from school, and established California’s first Bureau of Children’s Justice to make the criminal justice system more accountable. She also earned a lot of money to buy houses for people who didn’t have homes in California. In 2017, she became part of the U.S Senate and defended immigrants from racism and getting attacked. She collaborated with both Democratic and Republican parties to protect citizens’ rights to vote and their rights for protection against threats from foreign countries. Over the course of her political work, she fought for world-wide hunger, healthcare, and climate change. Now, she is the current Vice president of the United States, along with Joe Biden as the President, and she was the first African American/Asian American to be the Vice president, which marks an important time in U.S history.

How did you feel when Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were chosen as the new president and vice president?

Samuel Mitchell, 6th grade: “I felt happy because it was kind of like a fresh start when we had someone new in the office.”

Kate Vazquez, 6th grade: “So, I was really glad because I felt like Trump wasn’t doing the best job, and being in charge of our country currently, because usually it’s doing the best decisions that are for the people, and so when Joe Biden was elected, not only Trump wasn’t getting elected, but also Kamala Harris the first black woman and East-Asian woman to get elected as vice president so it’s sort of a good step towards more diversity in politics, so yeah, it’s really good.”

Mr. Moffit, 8th grade Social Studies/Civics teacher: “I was pretty excited. In particular because Kamala Harris is a woman, and she is a woman of African-American and Asian descent.”

Anonymous: “Because they were chosen, when the results of the election were certified by Congress on January 6th, it was quite disappointing to see that the irregularities in several swing states went unaddressed by our nations’ elected officials.”


Did the angry pro-Trump mobs outside the Capitol affect you in some way, or make you nervous that Donald Trump might try to sabotage Biden, in some way?

Samuel Mitchell, 6th grade: “It made me nervous how he convinced so many people that it, [the voting system], was rigged and wasn’t actually fair. That was the one thing that made me nervous.”

Kate Vazquez, 6th grade: “Yes, just because first of all is that he might do something but mainly is that Trump didn’t really seem to care, or he was sort of just like ‘I have to say that you’re doing a bad thing but in reality, I don’t really care’ so it seemed like Trump sent a message that he got hurt along the way while he was trying to become president.”

Mr. Moffit, 8th grade Social Studies/Civics teacher: “I was very nervous, yes, to see those crowds outside, and they committed insurrection, so that is a big deal to try to stop and overthrow the election. And that’s a pretty big deal in our country to do something like that. So I was nervous.”

Anonymous: “No, the angry pro-Trump mob outside the Capitol was mostly peaceful and completely unarmed. Donald Trump made it clear that he had no intention of sabotaging the results which were to be given by Congress.”

What are your hopes about the actions and changes that Joe Biden is going to make in the future?

Samuel Mitchell, 6th grade: “I’m hoping he does a lot with climate change because Donald Trump didn’t do much about that, actually, [he] did the opposite kind of. I hope he does climate change mostly, and hopefully like Covid-19, we can get the pandemic over with.”

Kate Vasquez, 6th grade: “I hope that Joe Biden will help consider reversing some of the things that Trump has done for our country, and if he rejoins many things, he will follow through with their wishes and he will do what they have wanted along with joining back.”

Mr. Moffit, 8th grade Social Studies/Civics teacher: “It’s good to see he’s taken care of Covid-19 with vaccinations. It’s coming out pretty quickly. They passed more money to help people out with the new, I can’t remember the name, with the new act, he has a plan to reduce child poverty, and I think it’s a wonderful idea. I mean, he’s a very experienced person in politics, so I think he’s going to do a good job as president. That’s about it for now.”

Anonymous: “I hope that Joe Biden, admittedly the lawful president of the United States, and the author of the U.S PATRIOT act, will have a change of heart in terms of his attitude toward dangerous expansion of federal power, especially as concerns the new ‘terrorism’ initiatives of the Department of Homeland Security, and that his administration will respect the sacred civil liberties of individuals.”

Do you think Kamala Harris being the first African-American and Asian-American female vice president is important to you, or does it give you a sense that the U.S may be changing to become more inclusive?

Samuel Mitchell, 6th grade: “Yeah, I think it’s great how we have people in the government now from different races and religions. I think that’s great.”

Kate Vazquez, 6th grade: “It’s really good, and they are becoming more inclusive and diverse in politics, and it’s really good, they are doing it, it’s bad that they haven’t improved already, but it’s good that they’re making the correct changes.”

Mr. Moffit, 8th grade Social Studies/Civics teacher: “It’s important because it’s a step in the right direction to become more inclusive. However, we have a long way to go, because there’s a lot of hate groups out there, but representation is important, so she represents a lot of things. So, it’s important for people, or African-American, or women who are Asian. So, she represents a lot of people. She represents women, she represents black women, she represents African-American in general, she represents Asian-American and Asian-American women. In particular, her mom is from India, so that’s an important step, I believe it’s India, it’s another representation there as well. And, representation matters. To see people like you in high-power positions is important, because it helps people feel better.”