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OP-ED: The winning ticket

  • Published at 12:23 am November 16th, 2020
Biden Covid-19 advisery council
US President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks at The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 9, 2020 AFP

How Joe Biden went from being one of the youngest US senators to becoming the oldest American president in history

The world has passed a nerve-racking time over the last few weeks with the US election. It is over now, and Joe Biden has managed a clear, convincing, and historic victory. 

By becoming the US president, Biden has listed his name in history as the oldest American president. What made him win the license of the White House? Was it luck or sound strategy that determined his glorious victory?

The former vice president’s immense experience as a politician was what primarily set the cornerstone. In 1972, he became the fifth youngest senator of Delaware. He served as a US senator for 36 years. 

In addition to that, during the Obama administration, he was vice president for 8 years. This, in turn, turned him into a far more prudent policy maker, along with making him more prudent in diplomacy.

Some of his key policies involve tackling Covid-19, a $2 trillion worth plan for the climate crisis and jobs, rebuilding relationships with allies, increasing unemployment insurance, forgiving some student loans, and providing more aid to small businesses. These policies seemed likely to bring about holistic progress for Americans, and they served as a breakthrough for this veteran leader.

What’s more noticeable is that the new American president is not confined to an “America first” policy like Donald Trump was. Instead, Biden is committed to working for the betterment of the world. 

Trump’s announcement that he "will build a wall on the border and Mexico will pay for it” during his 2016 election campaign, and his policy of separating children from their parents at the southwestern border digested lots of criticism -- Biden’s lenient immigration policies, on the other hand, have presented him as a perfect leader for Americans.

Besides, President-Elect Biden plans to award citizenship to those who have moved to the US long before, and to those who have been growing up as immigrants from childhood but have yet to receive citizenship. 

Even more so, unlike Trump, who imposed travel bans on certain Muslim countries, Biden announced that he would lift the travel ban as soon as he became president.

On top of that, his choice of Kamala Harris, first vice president-elect who is a woman and of colour, has kept him 10 steps ahead of his opponent, and this has ultimately turned out to be a major turning point. 

However, during the election, a head-to-head contest was observed in the first few days and nothing could be easily pointed out. 

According to think-tanks, Biden flipping key battlegrounds like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania was what made the difference.

These are the states where Hillary Clinton could not secure a win last time. Having won these key states, Biden has turned that around, becoming the 46th president of the United States. 

Most remarkably, Donald Trump’s poor handling of Covid-19 made Biden’s chances of winning even higher beforehand. Unlike Trump, Biden believes in safety measures and social distancing directives set by health care officials. 

Trump’s indifference was even more evident when he himself tested positive, caring little for wearing masks and maintaining safety guidelines prescribed by the doctors.

This new pro-active leader has already announced that he will contribute to the WHO and rejoin as soon as he enters the White House. He has a concrete plan to control the pandemic, keeping it a top priority in an attempt to recover the economy.

Notably, the 78 years "young" US president has prioritized tackling Covid-19 over anything else, which is a great way to ensure swift economic recovery and lessen people’s anxiety. 

Biden in his victory speech said, “This is the battle to control the virus, the battle to build prosperity and the battle to secure your family’s health care … our work begins with getting Covid under control.”

As it stands, a leader, who was on the verge of despair caused by the loss of his first wife in a road accident, has, with patience, hard work, and determination, now become the 46th president, winning the highest number of votes in America's history -- 74 million.

“I sought this office to restore the soul of America, to rebuild the backbone of the nation -- the middle class, to make America respected around the world again and to unite us here at home,” added the new US president in his victory speech.

Let’s hope that the newly appointed president will give us a better world to live in.

Mahde Hassan works as a faculty member of IELTS at Saifur’s private ltd. Reach out to him at [email protected]

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