Joe Biden: Age, Presidency, Family

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Joe Biden (1942-), a man who spent nearly a half-century in public service as a senator and vice president, and who endured profound family loss, became the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021.

Biden’s presidency followed a highly contentious election carried out during a pandemic, a national reckoning over racial injustice and a deepening of political divisiveness in the country. Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Biden won over 81 million popular votes—the most in U.S. presidential election history—while his opponent, President Donald Trump, won more than 74 million. Just over a week before Biden’s inauguration, a mob of extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol in the name of Trump, who had made baseless claims that he had won the 2020 election. Five people, including one police officer, died following the insurrection and the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump for a second time.

Biden took office alongside Kamala Harris, who became the first woman and woman of color to serve as U.S. vice president. At age 78, Biden is the oldest U.S. president in history.

Prior to his run for the nation's highest office. Biden served 36 years as a U.S. senator from Delaware and went on to serve as vice president of the United States with President Barack Obama. As a two-term vice president, Biden focused largely on economic and foreign policy issues.

In an April 2019 video statement announcing his bid for the presidency, Biden characterized the 2020 U.S. election as a "battle for the soul of this nation."

Joe Biden’s Early Years

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was born on November 20, 1942, in the blue collar city of Scranton, Pennsylvania. At age 10 he moved with his family to the Wilmington, Delaware, area, where his father found work as a car salesman. The first of four siblings, Biden attended a series of Catholic schools, including the elite preparatory high school Archmere Academy. Though he excelled at sports, Biden received mediocre grades and struggled with a stutter. In 1965 he graduated from the University of Delaware with a double major in history and political science, and three years later he earned a law degree from Syracuse University. Meanwhile, in 1966, Biden married Neilia Hunter, with whom he would have three children.

Upon finishing law school, Biden returned to the Wilmington area and worked as an attorney for the next four years. In 1970 he won his first election to the New Castle County Council. Then, two years later, at age 29 he pulled off a surprising upset of Republican incumbent J. Caleb Boggs in a race for the U.S. Senate. Tragedy struck, however, before he was sworn in as the fifth-youngest senator in U.S. history. That December, his wife and 13-month-old daughter were killed and his two sons were hospitalized when a tractor-trailer plowed into their station wagon. Rather than move to Washington, D.C., a devastated Biden decided to commute by train every day so that he could spend more time with his sons. Biden remarried in 1977 to schoolteacher Jill Jacobs, with whom he would have one more daughter.

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Senator Biden and First Presidential Run

Biden won reelection in 1978 and five times after that. Overall, he spent 36 years in the U.S. Senate, including eight years as chair of the Judiciary Committee and four years as chair of the Foreign Relations Committee. Despite generally supporting civil rights, Biden opposed the forced busing of students to end de facto segregation. Later on, he presided over the contentious confirmation hearings of U.S. Supreme Court nominees Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas. (Bork was ultimately rejected by the Senate while Thomas was narrowly approved.)

Biden also worked to preserve Delaware’s favorable corporate climate, legislated against domestic violence and crafted an anti-crime bill that provided for 100,000 more cops on the nation’s streets, banned assault weapons and mandated tougher penalties for drug dealers. Known for his foreign policy work, the well-traveled senator purportedly called Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic a war criminal to his face during a 1993 visit to Belgrade. Nearly a decade later, Biden voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq. Nonetheless, he eventually became a critic of the way George W. Bush’s administration handled the conflict.

Having raised a solid amount of campaign cash, Biden launched his first presidential bid in June 1987. On the campaign trail, he took to paraphrasing British Labour politician Neil Kinnock. Although he had appropriately credited Kinnock in prior speeches, he failed to do so during an appearance at the Iowa State Fair and even borrowed facts from Kinnock’s life, stating inaccurately, for example, that he was the first in his family to go to college and that his ancestors were coal miners. Soon after, reports surfaced that Biden had likewise allegedly lifted passages from Robert F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey, and he was caught on camera exaggerating his academic credentials. With his candidacy on the defensive, Biden withdrew that September to concentrate on the Bork hearings. He then collapsed the following February from a life-threatening brain aneurysm, underwent two surgeries and took a seven-month leave from the Senate.

Joe Biden as Vice President

Biden kicked off his second attempt at the White House 20 years later, during the 2008 primary, but dropped out after securing only 1 percent of the delegates in the Iowa Democratic caucuses. Barack Obama tapped him to be his running mate after winning the Democratic nomination. In the November 2008 presidential elections, Obama and Biden bested their Republican opponents, John McCain and Sarah Palin, with 52.9 percent of the popular vote. In 2012 they defeated Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan.

After taking office in January 2009 as the 47th vice president of the United States, Biden was charged with overseeing a $787 billion economic stimulus package, running a middle-class task force and reviving an arms reduction treaty with Russia. He also played a strong advisory role with respect to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2015, Biden's eldest son Beau died of brain cancer, dealing a heavy blow for a man who had already endured such loss. Biden considered a presidential run in 2016, but ultimately decided against it.

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Joe Biden's 2020 Presidential Run

On April 25, 2019, Biden announced his candidacy in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries. As a popular former vice president, he immediately entered the race with high name recognition.

Biden ran alongside 28 other Democratic candidates in a crowded primary that pitted Biden's more moderate policies against those of progressive candidates such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Throughout his campaign, Biden emphasized his working-class background, drawing a contrast with the wealthy upbringing of his opponent, President Trump. Biden often quoted his father as telling him, “The measure of a man is not how often he is knocked down, but how quickly he gets up.”

Initially behind in the race for the Democratic nomination, Biden bounced back with a big win in the South Carolina primary at the end of February. A key part of Biden's win in South Carolina was a strong showing of support from African American voters in the state. He then clinched the majority of delegates in Super Tuesday voting in early March.

In May 2020, when the police killing of George Floyd spurred nation-wide protests, Biden traveled to Houston to meet with Floyd's family. It was his first major trip outside his home in Delaware since he had shifted his campaign away from public events amid the threat of COVID-19. As some protests and police response to protests escalated to violence, Biden called for racial justice, but also appealed to the country to heal, saying, “We’re a nation enraged, but we can’t let our rage consume us. We’re a nation exhausted, but we can’t let our exhaustion defeat us."

On August 11, 2020, Biden announced Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate, writing in a note to campaign supporters, "I need someone working alongside me who is smart, tough, and ready to lead. Kamala is that person." Harris, a senator from California, had initially campaigned on her own ticket for the presidency and had challenged Biden on issues of race during debates for the Democratic nomination. With her selection, Harris became the first Black and Asian American woman to be named on a major party's ticket.

In the run-up to the election, Biden and Trump took part in two presidential debates. The first, held on September 29, was a chaotic event overwhelmed with interruptions, cross-talk and name-calling. A second debate, held on October 22, was a calmer exchange as the moderator controlled a mute button to silence either of the candidates should they continue to speak beyond their time or interrupt the other.

COVID-19 and the 2020 Election

A looming issue throughout the election was the coronavirus pandemic which had claimed more than 230,000 American lives and infected more than 9 million in the country. President Trump, himself, became infected with COVID-19 in October and was hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center, where he received several treatments, including an experimental antibody. A central argument in Biden's campaign was that Trump had failed to effectively lead in the fight against the virus.

The pandemic was not only a prominent campaign issue, it also transformed the way Americans voted in the presidential election. States saw record numbers of people taking part in early voting as well as using mail-in ballots.

The high number of early and mail-in ballots was partly why Americans waited four days to learn which candidate they had elected as president. Electoral college voting outcomes that initially looked positive for President Trump, shifted in Biden's favor as more votes were counted.

By November 7, Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election by the Associated Press and major media outlets. Despite the outcome, President Trump continued to challenge the election by pressuring election officials to find more votes and by filing more than 50 lawsuits in state and federal court, claiming there was "massive fraud." None of the courts ruled there was evidence of any significant voter fraud. Despite the court findings, Trump’s and others’ persistent claims that the election was fraudulent fueled the January 6, 2021 storming of the U.S. Capitol by extremists.

At his inauguration, Biden addressed the country's challenges and divisions, saying, “Few people in our nation’s history have been more challenged or found a time more challenging or difficult than the time we’re in now...To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America, requires so much more than words and requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy, unity.”

Joe Biden

Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., was born on November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the only U.S. president born between the Great Depression of the 1930s and the end of World War II in 1945. He was the oldest of four children in a family that had fallen on hard times. His father cleaned furnaces and was a used car salesman his mother was a homemaker. When Biden was in third grade, the family moved from Pennsylvania to Delaware, where Biden would live for most of the rest of his life.

Biden struggled to overcome a childhood stutter by reciting memorized speeches to his reflection and planning conversations in advance. He was more successful on the football field than in the classroom but went on to graduate from the University of Delaware and earn a law degree from Syracuse University in New York.

He soon turned to politics and at age 29 became one of the youngest U.S. senators ever elected. Just days before his swearing in, his wife, Neilia Hunter, and year-old daughter, Naomi, were killed in a car accident. The couple’s two young sons, Beau and Hunter, were seriously injured. At first, Biden wasn’t sure if he should take his Senate seat, but he eventually did he was sworn in from his son Beau’s hospital room in 1973. He went on to serve in the Senate for 36 years, until 2009.


Neilia Biden (née Hunter)

Biden married his first wife Neilia Hunter on Aug. 27, 1966. The college sweethearts went on to have three children — Beau, Hunter and Naomi.

Joe had just been elected senator in Delaware when tragedy struck on Dec. 18, 1972. His wife and children were out Christmas shopping when an accident involving a tractor trailer killed Neilia, 30, and Naomi, who had just turned 1 the month before. Hunter and Beau, who were nearly 3 and 4 at the time, were seriously injured.

The two boys spent months in the hospital, with Joe being sworn into the Senate there.

Jill Biden (née Jacobs)

Three years after the fatal crash, Joe met Jill through his brother Frank when Jill was a student at the University of Delaware. The pair married on June 17, 1977 in New York City — but only after Joe proposed five times.

“I said, ‘Not yet. Not yet. Not yet.’ Because by that time, of course, I had fallen in love with the boys, and I really felt that this marriage had to work,” Jill recalled in a 2016 interview with Vogue. “Because they had lost their mom, and I couldn’t have them lose another mother. So I had to be 100 percent sure.”

In his 2007 memoir “Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics,” Joe recalled what meeting Jill was like.

“She gave me back my life,” he wrote. “She made me start to think my family might be whole again.”

Joe and Jill, 69, went on to have daughter Ashley, on June 8, 1981.

Jill Biden held the family Bible when Joe was sworn into office in 2009

Jill and Joe Biden started their time in the White House on a sweet note in 2009. When Joe took the oath of office as vice-president of the United States, Jill stood by his side and held the Biden family Bible, which Joe placed his hand on. As noted by Time, the Bible had belonged to the Biden family since the 1890s — it's five inches thick and features a Celtic cross on the cover.

And to those who are familiar with the Bidens, the choice to use such a book for the occasion did not come as a surprise. Joe was sworn in on the very same Bible every time he had made it back into the United States Senate, and his son Beau also was sworn in with it when he became the attorney general of Delaware. On that January day in 2009, Jill stood by her husband as he became the second most powerful person in the country, and she looked at him in a way that all of us wish for. The couple reprised their roles in 2013, when Joe was sworn into office as vice-president again.

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Personal Life

After the death of his first wife, Biden remarried again in 1977 with Jill Biden. The couple had a daughter in 1981. In 2015, Biden suffered another personal loss, when his son Beau died of brain cancer. Beau was at the time only 46 years old. Before this happened, it was speculated that Biden might run for the presidency, but Biden stated that his time has passed.

In 2017, President Barack Obama awarded Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom with distinction. This is the highest civilian honor in the United States. The honor was presented to Biden in a surprise ceremony at the White House. The media captured Biden's surprise, and he later gave an emotional speech thanking Obama, the First Lady and his wife and children.

Glenn Beck reveals Biden family's slave-owning history — but will the left CANCEL him?

Do you believe that all human beings are created equal and none of us should be held accountable for what our ancestors did?

That's what Glenn Beck believes, but — as he pointed out on the radio program Monday — the critical-theory-loving left is out to cancel our "entire country" and its founding because of our history with slavery. Unless, that is, the slave-owning lineage happens to belong to one of their own.

A new report from a famous, well-known genealogy organization shows hard evidence that Joe Biden's ancestral line owned slaves, just like Thomas Jefferson, who, according to the left, must be destroyed. So, why has nobody looked into that?

"Everyone is too comfortable, in the Democratic Party, with this cancel culture. The entire country is canceled now because of our history," Glenn stated. "This bleeds into your personal history. Redemption no longer means anything. A pivot point, life changing, a switch in thinking or behavior — it counts for nothing with the left."

Glenn pointed out how people like Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and ABC's late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel can either use or make fun of blackface without being cancelled. And then there's Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who worked with segregationists, but is somehow exempt from cancellation. Biden's crime bill was the exact opposite of what the left is now proposing. How many black Americans were sent to prison because of that law? And yet, Joe "you-ain't-black" Biden is continues to be immune to the left's cancer culture rage.

"You know, the left went after [President] Trump's family history and viciously knocked his roots. The New York Times went after the family's business dealings, going back to his father. The media has gone after his children, despite no criminal activity . and the attacks even include the president's youngest child, Barron," Glenn said. " But what about Biden's father's ancestral line? Why has nobody looked into that?"

Glenn shared the details of the report's findings, which you can also find HERE.

"It's weird that nobody has ever really dug this far into Biden's father's side, or family. Or did they and just did not want this to get out?" Glenn asked. "After knowing this, and if you worship at the altar of cancel culture and social justice, can you call for the destruction of statues and monuments and still vote for Joe Robinette Biden? After all, his family was there, and they owned slaves — just like Thomas Jefferson who must now be destroyed.

"Can you still vote for Joe Biden? Can you do it? I'm just curious. I don't know. I don't make the rules. If you call the America of today an evil country, based off its past, then what does that make Joe Biden?" he added. "I personally don't think the sins of his family tree mean anything at all to the man of today. But that's not how today's modern left operates now, is it? I mean, I'm just going by their rules. And if I go by their rules, Joe Biden should be canceled."

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The tragic family history of Joe Biden that marked his life and campaign

Joe Biden, the democrat who tried three times to be president of the United States and that he finally made it this year by surpassing Donald Trump, he has a life marked by family tragedies. He lost two of his four children and one fought for several years against drugs and was accused of corruption.

Publicly, Biden has no doubts about recounting family episodes that were happening throughout his long political career.


The president-elect of the United States, whose full name is Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in an Irish Catholic family whose financial difficulties led her to seek better luck in Delaware, in the house of the maternal grandparents, the Finnegans.

He overcame the stuttering that marked his childhood -and that led him in his political career to choose not to read the speeches but to learn them by heart-, but it was not the only challenge that he had to face throughout his life.

His first political position was obtained in 1972, at 29 years old, just weeks before his first wife, Neilia, and their 13-month-old daughter Naomi died in a car accident in December of that year. The other two children of the marriage, Bea and Hunter, suffered serious injuries, but they managed to get ahead. They came back from buying the Christmas tree when a truck collided with the car they were traveling in.

Neilia and Joe Biden, along with their children Beau and Hunter

Biden reconsidered at that time whether to continue his political career but he eventually followed the path that would end him catapulting him to the White House 48 years later. He was sworn in for the first time as a senator in the hospital room where his eldest son was admitted.

In March 1975 he met his second wife, Jill, and they married two years later. In 1981 Ashley was born, daughter of his second marriage.

The veteran Democrat was a senator for 36 years until Barak Obama summoned him to accompany him in the presidential formula during the two periods that his mandate lasted.

In June 2015, her son Beau passed away from brain cancer., glioblastoma, which had been detected two years earlier. The young man had been part of the National Guard in Iraq and had served as attorney general of the state of Delaware for two terms.

The death of his eldest son, 46, happened just days before Trump launched the campaign that led him to become president. of the United States in 2016.

After the loss of Beau, Biden gave up running as a candidate for those elections. “Every morning I wake up (…) and ask myself: Would you be proud of me?” He said this year in reference to his eldest son.

In “Promise me, Dad” book, published in November 2017, The former US vice president went through the two years that he spent with his son since the disease was detected. “One night when it was clear that the odds weren’t good, Beau asked me to stay at his place after dinner. He told me: ‘Dad, I know you love me more than anyone in the world. But promise me you’ll be okay I’ll be fine, dad.'”, he recounted.

And I add: “I was face to face with death. He saw me suffer the loss of his mother and sister. And I didn’t want me to shut myself up. I didn’t want me to give in to the harshness of life ” and he didn’t give up, not even when his son Hunter fought drugs.

Hunter was denounced by his ex-wife for using drugs and alcohol and frequenting strip clubs. Shortly after was expelled from the Naval Force reserve from the USA after giving positive on a test for cocaine use.

The fall from grace of Biden’s son was the lynchpin of Trump’s criticism to undermine his political figure. Since alleged shady deals in Ukraine to extramarital children and weeks of using crack were some of the accusations. Hunter ended up in a rehab center.

At the end of the campaign, Jill Biden highlighted the capacity of the elected President of the United States: “He will do for your family what he did for ours: unite and complete us,” said the next first lady.

Biden, 77, will be the oldest president at the helm of the White House, the same one who, at age 29, entered the Senate as one of the youngest parliamentarians in the country’s history.

Joe Biden turns 78. Here's how old other presidents were on Inauguration Day

Corrections and clarifications: The article has been updated to reflect that Ronald Reagan was the oldest president at the time he left office.

President-elect Joe Biden turns 78 on Friday, exactly two months before he will take the oath of office as the United States' 46th president.

On Jan. 20, Biden will be older than any other president on their Inauguration Day. He'll break the record set by his predecessor, President Donald Trump, who was 70 when he took office in January 2017.

The median age of presidents who have taken office since 1960 is about 56 years old. Trump narrowly beat President Ronald Reagan&rsquos record of 69 when he took office. Reagan holds the honor of being the oldest at the time he left office, 77.

Biden has spun his age as an advantage, saying he serves as a "bridge" to the next &ldquogeneration of leaders.&rdquo

Biden is, however, an anomaly for his party. Democratic presidents have tended to skew younger than their Republican counterparts. Indeed, of the five youngest presidents ever elected, three have been Democrats from the modern era: John F. Kennedy at 43, Bill Clinton at 46, and Barack Obama at 47.

Biden is older than all but one of the five living presidents: Jimmy Carter, who at 96 has lived longer than any other U.S. president.

Here's a closer look at what age each president was when they took office since 1960 and how long they served as president:

Valerie Biden Owens

During his years in the Senate, Biden’s family benefited financially in other ways as he leveraged political power. Joe’s sister Valerie ran all of his Senate campaigns, as well as his presidential runs in 1988 and 2008.

But she was also a senior partner in a political messaging firm named Joe Slade White & Company the only two executives listed at the firm were Joe Slade White and Valerie.

The firm received large fees from the Biden campaigns that Valerie was running. Two and a half million dollars in consulting fees flowed to her firm from Citizens for Biden and Biden For President Inc. during the 2008 presidential bid alone.

Joe Slade White & Company worked for Biden campaigns over 18 years.

From the book “Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite” by Peter Schweizer. Copyright C 2020 by Peter Schweizer. Reprinted by permission of Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

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