President Biden State of the Union

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In his first State of the Union joint address to Congress on March 1, President Joe Biden focused his speech on the ongoing war in Ukraine and his plans for the domestic future. President Biden first brought attention to the tragedy of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the courage the Ukrainian people are demonstrating during such an unprecedented time. He then gave way for the Ukrainian ambassador to the United States to stand and receive a standing ovation from the whole chamber, with President Biden remarking, “Yes. We, the United States of America, stand with the Ukrainian people.” Furthermore, President Biden reflected on the unity of the international community against Russian aggression. As the remarks on Russia and Putin increased in intensity, President Biden announced further US sanctions of Russian oligarchs and their wealth, “We’re joining with European Allies to find and seize their yachts, their luxury apartments, their private jets. We’re coming for your ill-begotten gains.” While the additional sanctions of closing off all American airspace to Russian oligarchs were introduced, President Biden strongly stated that even though the United States will defend every inch of NATO territories, the United States will not engage in direct combat against the Russian forces in Ukraine. He ended his remarks on Ukraine by expressing the resolve of the free world. As he closed off his Ukraine speech and began his speech on the successes he brought to the United States during his first year in office. President Biden expressed the success of the American Rescue Plan and the strong growth of the economy. He then expressed his support in passing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which will allow the United States to compete against China and create additional jobs. The president announced his plans for fighting inflation by cutting costs, supporting the creation of supply chains in the United States to create made in America all the way through. President Biden announced to cap the cost of insulin to $35 a month, with further cost reductions in medications and increased medicare qualities. In the turn of the event, President Biden announced his strategy to protect communities and to prevent crimes through funding the police, contrary to the “defund the police” efforts made by many of his Democratic supporters and colleagues, “It’s to fund the police. Fund them. Fund them. Fund them with the resources and training — resources and training they need to protect our communities.” On the topic of the Southern border, President Biden remarked the need for immigration, “Folks, if we are to advance liberty and justice, we need to secure our border and fix the immigration system.” Moreover, he closed his domestic speech with the efforts required and the vast possibilities of turning cancer from “death sentences into treatable diseases.” President Biden ended his first State of the Union address by expressing his optimism of America’s future, defining the United States with a single word: possibilities. Finally, to summarize the state of the union, President Joe Biden announced, “So, on this night, on our 245th year as a nation, I’ve come to report on the state of the nation — the state of the union. And my report is this: The State of the Union is strong because you, the American people, are strong.”

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