By the time of his inauguration, Joe Biden will have already blown out his 78th birthday. Never has an American president entered the White House so old. An age that quickly became one of the Trump camp’s main attacks on the Democratic candidate. While the US Constitution requires that a President be at least 35 years old, there is no mention of the maximum age for presiding.
For Anne Deysine, professor emeritus at the University of Paris Nanterre, “Joe Biden seems very fit for a man of 78 years. All the rumors about his health were used by the Republicans to discredit him. It had been the same strategy against to Hillary Clinton in 2016, who suffered from every disease in the world according to Republicans. ” As a reminder, Donald Trump would have been 74 years old, had he been invested for a second term on Wednesday.
At 82 at the end of his term, Joe Biden has already announced that he will not stand for re-election in four years. Its vice-president, Kamala Harris, is therefore particularly under scrutiny because it is considered by many as his “successor” for the 2024 elections.
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Never has a candidate for a presidential election garnered so many votes. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Americans have broken their record for participating in a presidential election. With 66.3% of participation, Americans massively resorted to postal voting. A voting system that Donald Trump has not ceased to accuse of being fraudulent, without tangible proof.
But if Joe Biden became the first candidate in history to cross the 80 million vote mark, we should also note that Donald Trump gathered more than 74 million voters, or 10 million more than in 2016. Never one Republican candidate had done so much.
For Anne Deysine, we can not speak of enthusiasm for Joe Biden, but rather “of a panic of the Democrats, fearing that American democracy does not recover from a second term of Donald Trump and his attacks on the institutions “. A Trump presidency which will therefore have left traces, especially in its management of the health crisis.
400,000 dead from Covid-19
The coronavirus crisis will undoubtedly be President Biden’s number one challenge. With more than 400,000 dead from Covid-19, the United States is, by far, the country most damaged in the world by the pandemic. How will Joe Biden’s health management be different from that of his predecessor? “The most important change is that from now on there will be a strategy, affirms Anne Deysine, we are going from a total absence of strategy to a real federal management.”
Joe Biden plans to extend certain entry restrictions into the United States. Most foreign travelers who have recently visited the Schengen area or Brazil will still not be able to travel to the United States.
According to a document released by his team, Joe Biden will also invoke the “Defense Production Act” to increase the production of equipment necessary for vaccination, such as glass vials, needles and syringes, or refrigeration. and vaccine storage.
Joe Biden promises that 100 million Americans will be vaccinated during the first 100 days of his term. As of January 12, 2021, more than 12 million Americans have already received a dose of an anti-Covid vaccine.
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Up to $ 2,000 billion in stimulus
Faced with the sluggishness of the American economy, hit hard by the coronavirus, Joe Biden is planning a stimulus plan of up to $ 2,000 billion. This plan includes checks of up to $ 1,400 for the poorest American families, as well as $ 350 billion dedicated to states and local communities.
In December 2020, $ 900 billion was approved by the Senate. Some kind of “down payment” of Joe Biden’s plan ahead. Having passed a Democratic majority, the Senate is expected to play a key role in the Biden presidency.
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50 Democratic senators
After winning the last two senatorial elections in Georgia, the Democrats have regained control of the Senate for the first time since 2015. With the Senate and the House of Representatives at his side, Joe Biden appears to have no obstacle in implementing his agenda.
This is without counting on the procedure of “Filibuster”, or “parliamentary obstruction” in French. One or more senators can oppose a bill. Only a majority of 60 senators can prevent the “Filibuster”, which the Democrats do not have. While Biden will have no trouble appointing members of his cabinet, Republicans may not have had their last say.
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