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Everything you missed in Biden’s speech to Congress last week
President Biden delivered one of the most consequential speeches up to this point in his presidency as he addressed a joint session of Congress on April 28. Delivered just one day shy of his 100th day in office, this speech was notable for multiple reasons, but primarily because it was first time that two women stood behind the president during a presidential address.
Bummed you didn't catch the address in real time? Don't stress, because we've compiled all of the most notable moments from Biden's speech below.
To set the stage for his speech, Biden released this powerful statement via an Instagram post on the morning of the joint session. The post established a hopeful, ambitious tone for the evening, which Biden met by discussing his accomplishments and goals for the remainder of his term.
"Throughout our history, presidents have gone to the House of Representatives to speak to the Congress, to the nation, and to the world. They have gone to declare war. To celebrate peace. To announce new plans and possibilities. Tonight, I went to talk about crisis and opportunity. About rebuilding our nation and revitalizing our democracy. About America winning the future. After 100 Days of rescue and renewal, America is ready for takeoff. We are working again. Dreaming again. Discovering again. Leading the world again. We have shown each other and the world: There is no quit in America." -President Biden
Higlights from President Biden's address:
Biden boasted his accomplishments during his first 100 days in office. Such accomplishments included passing a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, overseeing the vaccination of over 200 million Americans and
He also announced his administrations goals for the year, like helping cut child poverty in half and passing important social justice and political legislation. One of the bills he specifically mentioned was the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. In his speech, he asked Congress to enact this bill by the anniversary of Floyd's death this summer, and used this as an opportunity to encourage bipartisan cooperation.
Another notable feat from Biden's address was that, for the first time in United States history, two women sat behind the president during an official address. By occupying two of the most prominent seats in the nation's political arena, Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker Nancy Pelosi served as a powerful reminder of how far the United States has come in breaking the glass ceiling in politics.
Want to hear Biden's words of wisdom straight from the source? Check out this highlight reel of the best moments from his speech above.