President Biden Delivers State of the Union Address

President Joe Biden delivered his State of the Union address on March 7, 2024. He began by invoking President Franklin Roosevelt's speech to the Congress in 1941, reminding the audience that this was an unprecedented moment in history with Hitler on the march and war raging in Europe. He then drew parallels to the present day, stating that freedom and democracy are once again under assault both at home and abroad with Putin's invasion of Ukraine and the domestic threat of January 6th.

Biden acknowledged the recently joined NATO members Sweden and Finland, and urged the congress to stand up to Putin and pass the Bipartisan National Security Bill. He underscored the importance of America's leadership in the world and the danger of walking away from that responsibility. He reminded the audience of the inflammatory remarks of a former president to Putin, contrasting them with President Reagan's challenge to Gorbachev to tear down the wall.

He then turned to the threat to democracy at home, specifically the assault on reproductive freedom and the risk to IVF treatments in states like Alabama. He highlighted the experiences of Latorya Beasley, a social worker from Birmingham, Alabama, who was denied IVF treatment, and Kate Cox, a wife and mother from Dallas, who had to leave her state to receive necessary medical care due to restrictive abortion laws. He called on Congress to guarantee the right to IVF nationwide and to protect reproductive freedom, stating that if Americans elect a Congress that supports these rights, he will restore Roe v. Wade as the law of the land.

Biden then reflected on the setbacks faced by the country four years earlier, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic crisis, and the spikes in crime and murder rates. He highlighted his administration's achievements in creating jobs, improving the economy, and advancing healthcare and manufacturing. He also discussed the historic strides made in reducing the racial wealth gap and raising wages, as well as the progress made in infrastructure development and job creation through projects like the Chips and Science Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

He highlighted the specific example of the reopening of an auto plant in Belvidere, Illinois, which will not only resume operations but also expand to include a state-of-the-art battery factory with the help of thousands of union workers. He then introduced UAW President Shawn Fain and Dawn Simms, a third-generation UAW worker from Belvidere.

Biden concluded by emphasizing the strength of the nation and the bright future that can be built together, and declared that the state of the union is strong and getting stronger. He then turned to the topic of the future of possibilities, stating that the days of trickle-down economics are over and that the wealthy must pay their fair share.

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