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Joe Biden: Acceptance Speech for Democratic Party Presidential Nomination

Joe Biden has delivered his acceptance speech following his official nomination by the Democratic Party as its candidate for President at the 2020 election.

The party’s nominating convention was due to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but the coronavirus pandemic forced its abandonment. Biden’s speech was delivered by video during a two-hour televised broadcast.

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Transcript of Joe Biden’s speech accepting the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party.

Good evening.

Ella Baker, a giant of the civil rights movement, left us with this wisdom: Give people light and they will find a way.

Give people light. Those are words for our time.

The current president has cloaked America in darkness for much too long. Too much anger. Too much fear. Too much division.

Here and now, I give you my word: If you entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us not the worst. I will be an ally of the light not of the darkness. [Read more…]


President Barack Obama’s Second Inaugural Address

Barack Obama has been ceremonially sworn in for his second term as the 44th President of the United States.

Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were officially sworn in yesterday, in accordance with the requirements of the Constitution. In today’s public ceremony, Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor again swore in Biden and Chief Justice John Roberts again swore in Obama.

Political attention today focussed on Obama’s Second Inaugural Speech.

With frequent invocations of ‘We, The People’, the speech was Obama’s most progressive as president. Amongst other things, he called for action on climate change and equality for gay people. [Read more…]


The Inauguration Of A President

These videos show the Presidential Inauguration ceremony in chronological order.

President Obama Leaves For The Capitol


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Joe Biden Takes Oath Of Office For Second Term As Vice-President

Vice-President Joe Biden has taken the oath of office for his second term.

The oath was administered by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor shortly after 8am. The brief ceremony was preceded by a prayer from the Reverend Kevin O’Brien of Georgetown University.

President Barack Obama will be sworn in at midday.

The Constitution mandates that the President and Vice-President be sworn on January 20. Because that date is a Sunday this year, the official ceremonies will be held tomorrow when Obama and Biden will take the oath again.

Obama also took the oath twice in 2009, following a verbal mangling of the oath by Chief Justice John Roberts.



Obama And Biden Announce Plans To Tackle Gun Violence

President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden have announced a series of measures to tackle gun violence in the US, in the aftermath of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.

Obama signed a series of Executive Orders to give effect to 23 separate executive actions, including:

  • requiring background checks for all gun sales
  • strenthening the background check system
  • passing a new, stronger ban on assault weapons
  • limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds
  • getting armor-piercing bullets off the streets
  • ending the freeze on gun violence research
  • counsellors and emergency response plans in schools
  • mental health treatment.

Transcript of remarks by President Obama and Vice-President Biden on tackling gun violence.

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THE VICE PRESIDENT: Before I begin today, let me say to the families of the innocents who were murdered 33 days ago, our heart goes out to you. And you show incredible courage — incredible courage — being here. And the President and I are going to do everything in our power to honor the memory of your children and your wives with the work we take up here today.

It’s been 33 days since the nation’s heart was broken by the horrific, senseless violence that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School — 20 — 20 beautiful first-graders gunned down in a place that’s supposed to be their second sanctuary. Six members of the staff killed trying to save those children. It’s literally been hard for the nation to comprehend, hard for the nation to fathom. [Read more…]


Obama Gives Biden Task Force A Month To Develop Gun Control Proposals

President Barack Obama has established an interagency task force, led by Vice-President Joe Biden, and charged it with proposing gun control measures in January.

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Obama will propose legislation to the Congress next year. He said he will act on the task force’s recommendations “without delay”. [Read more…]


Obama Hits Halfway Mark of Presidential Term

President Barack Obama is now halfway through either his first presidential term or his presidency.

Obama and Vice-President Biden took office on January 20, 2009. The next presidential election will be held in 21 months time on November 6, 2012.

https://australianpolitics.com/downloads/usa/11-01-20_promises-kept_obama-biden.pdf



Palin and Biden on Saturday Night Live

The NBC program, Saturday Night Live, has developed a cult following for its portrayal of Republican vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin. Here’s their take on last week’s debate:


Biden And Palin Meet In Vice-Presidential Debate

Senator Joe Biden and Governor Sarah Palin have met in the only vice-presidential debate ahead of the November 4 election in the US.

Strong performances from both candidates will probably see the result scored as a draw. Biden, the Democratic candidate, clearly had a stronger grasp of the detail of issues. However, Palin, the Republican candidate, delivered a strong performance which will please her party.

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Clinton Impeachment: Statement By Senator Joe Biden

The following is a statement from the Senate’s closed deliberations on the Articles of Impeachment against President Clinton, excerpts of which senators were allowed to publish in the Congressional Record for Friday, February 12, 1999.

Senator Joe Biden was a Democratic senator from Delaware. He served from 1973 until 2009, when he became Vice-President.

Statement by Senator Joe Biden (Democrat – Delaware)

Let me begin by stating what I believe the American people view as the obvious. There are no good guys in this sordid affair. Rightly or wrongly, the public has concluded that the President is an adulterer and liar; that Ken Starr has abused his authority by unfair tactics born out of vindictiveness; that the House Managers have acted in a narrowly partisan way and are now desperately attempting to justify their actions for their own political reputation. Finally, they have concluded that Monica Lewinsky was both used and a user, while Linda Tripp, Lucianne Goldberg, Paula Jones and her official and unofficial legal team are part of a larger political plot to ‘get the President’. [Read more…]