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In a speech before Congress, Biden defended his economic program and showed himself as a candidate


The head of the White House highlighted historically low unemployment, saying: 'Let's finish the job.' He hasn't yet decided whether to run for re-election, but he looks to the future.

On prime time US television, in front of hundreds of recently inaugurated congressmen and senators, President Joe Biden sought this Tuesday in his

State of the Union address

to convince citizens that his two years at the helm of the White House have been beneficial to the country and that he himself continues to be the best bet for next year's presidential elections.

The tradition, inaugurated by George Washington in 1790, indicates that all presidents must render an account of their management each year before the two reunited chambers of Congress and raise the challenges that come.

The Capitol was surrounded by concrete fences and with maximum security, given the still fresh memory of the assault on January 6, 2021.

Last night's speech had an additional flavor because it also served for the Democrat to

launch the general guidelines of his possible re-election campaign.

Biden has not yet formalized his candidacy for the 2024 presidential elections, but has said that he would define it at the beginning of this year.

Although he is the best positioned candidate of the Democrats, he does not have it easy at all.

At 80, he is the oldest president in the country's history and many question his aptitude and energy for a new administration.

And the polls appear complicated.

According to a Washington Post and ABC poll,

62% of Americans believe that Biden "hasn't done much" or "almost nothing" since he took office two years ago


In addition, the poll revealed that while 78% of Democrats and independents approve of the president's performance,

58% would prefer another candidate next year.

Wearing a blue suit and tie of the same color, Biden was flanked by vice

president Kamala Harris

and the new head of the House of Representatives, Republican

Kevin McCarthy,

who gave lukewarm applause from time to time.

During his speech, Biden defended various policies in his early years in government and his tone was campaigning.

Several times he repeated

"let's finish the job",

as if asking for 4 more years.

“We are the only country that has emerged from each crisis stronger than when we entered it.

That's what we're doing again.

Two years ago our economy was reeling.

As I am here tonight,

we have created a record 12 million new jobs

, more jobs created in two years than any president has created in four years," Biden said.

Beyond the creation of jobs, the president highlighted other milestones of his government, such as the largest injection of funds for federal infrastructure in more than a decade and the Inflation Reduction Act, which promoted a historic investment in clean energy.

Externally, Biden built a strong Western coalition to support Ukraine in the face of the Russian invasion and completed a controversial troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Although it took longer than desired, it also managed to gradually lower inflation – unprecedented in more than 40 years – from 9% to 6.3% and controlled the rise in fuel.

Against all odds, he managed to stop a Republican barrage in the legislative elections and reduce the influence of dozens of candidates endorsed by Donald Trump.

However, he is also criticized for many of those acts.

A good part of the citizens believe that his government spends too much, that the change to clean energy will harm the American industry and they continue to bill him for the cost of living that altered family economies.

Immigration is another issue that he has not been able to solve.

In a campaign tone, Biden spoke directly to Americans about the future:

“My economic plan is to invest in places and people that have been forgotten.

In the midst of the economic turmoil of the last four decades, too many people have been left behind or treated as if they were invisible," he said.

"Maybe that's what you're seeing at home. You remember the jobs that disappeared. And you wonder if there's already a way for you and your kids to get by without walking away. I get it. That's why we're building an economy where no one knows." "I'm left behind. Jobs are coming back, pride is coming back because of the decisions we've made in the last two years. This is a blueprint for workers to rebuild America and make a real difference in their lives," he said.

He also warned

that he will oppose any Republican initiative that involves cutting social or health spending


With his speech, Biden seeks to reverse the image polls.

She was working for several weeks in the newsroom.

She read it aloud several times and took strategic pauses to avoid the stutter that he has had since he was a child and that often appears.

He is not a great speaker, nor does he have enormous charisma.

He just had to avoid mistakes.

His speech also proposed

a "unity agenda"

for this year centered on issues that serve "the progress of the people."

It basically focuses on allocating more resources to the fight against cancer;

promote extra help for veterans;

attack the crisis caused by mental health problems and combat the epidemic of opioid overdose deaths.

“There is no reason why we cannot work together

in this new Congress.

People sent us a clear message.

Fighting to fight, power for power, conflict for conflict's sake, gets us nowhere.

Although he would like to focus on domestic issues that serve him well for a possible campaign, he could not avoid international events.

Shortly after a year of the war in Ukraine, Biden sought to show that his leadership served to prevent an escalation, although the war is far from over.

But the attention was focused on the demolition of the Chinese balloon, an event that raised the tension to the maximum between the powers because the United States denounced that it was spying on strategic security installations.

Although the spokesman for the National Security Council, John Kirby, said that the bilateral dialogue was continuing, the tension has not abated.

Republicans accuse Biden of being too condescending by letting the balloon fly across the country before shooting it down.

The government hit back, revealing that two other spy balloons had transited through the United States during the Trump administration without anyone knowing.

Biden had special guests

at the venue, all very symbolic.

There was the Ukrainian ambassador Oksana Markarova;

the father of Tire Nichols, a black man killed by police officers and Paul Pelosi, the husband of the former head of the lower house who was attacked by an ultra-rightist.

The president mentioned them when talking about the war in Ukraine, and the racial and political violence.

There was also the singer Bono, a fighter against HIV.

Source: clarin

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