Joe Biden

  Biden's First 100 Days: We had a Republican President who lied and took advantage of his office in order to better his family and his rich friends. Some of what he did, I felt was good and some not good. He closed the Mexican Border which stopped migrants from coming in, but that also cut off our tourist business and our trade with Mexico. Now we have a Democratic president who has cut a hole in the fence and now we have thousands of migrants coming in like a herd of heifers heading for the corn fields.   We already have Mexicans working in the United States. They are an asset to the...
In an impassioned speech at his inauguration Wednesday, President Joe Biden reminded Americans that a president’s words can be used to unite the country, not divide it. After five years of Trump issuing childish Twitter attacks daily against any and all perceived opponents, including constant assaults on the very notion of civility, humility and truth, President Biden set a new course for the country on Day 1 of his presidency. We must, the president said, unite to fight “the foes we face: anger, resentment, hatred, extremism, lawlessness, violence, disease, joblessness and hopelessness. With...
Here is the full text of the speech President Joe Biden delivered at the Capitol on January 20, 2021.   This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages America has been tested anew and America has risen to the challenge. Today, we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause, the cause of democracy. The will of the people has been heard and the will of the people has been heeded. We have learned again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile. And at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed. So now, on this...

MIDDLEBURY ASSISTANT TOWN Clerk Melissa Wright helps Middlebury College first-year student Toby Graf register to vote at the Recreation Center on Election Day. Graf’s absentee ballot had not arrived from his home state of California and he really wanted to vote in his first presidential election. Independent photo/John S. McCright
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County voters turned out in record numbers on Tuesday to follow statewide trends in endorsing presidential candidate Joe Biden, Gov. Phil Scott and Lt. Gov.-elect Molly Gray. Addison County’s turnout was 78.15%, according to the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office. With one town left to report on Wednesday morning, Vermonters had cast 358,261 ballots on Nov. 3, which equates to a 70.1% statewide turnout. While a record in the number of votes cast, during the election of 2008 (when President Obama was elected to his first term), the state recorded 326,000 ballots cast...
We have to confess we desperately wanted to run the headline in today’s paper that proclaimed, in large type across the front page: “America to Trump: YOUR FIRED!” And we hoped to read versions of that theme in newspapers across the country. It didn’t happen. Not because Biden may not win, but because the repudiation of Trump was not that dramatic. Rather it was close when it shouldn’t have been.  The election can be boiled down into a few words: Democrat Joe Biden will likely win the Electoral College vote and the popular vote, by the thinnest of margins, while Republicans upset Democratic...
The surprise in the presidential contest between former Vice President Joe Biden and the incumbent is not that Trump continued his litany of daily lies, insults and idiotic statements (“The pandemic has ended,” Trump said yesterday as the nation reels under the largest daily infection rate of the year), but that Mr. Biden has become a forceful candidate able to put Trump in his place while advocating a progressive agenda. Many Democrats might want Biden to be more assertive and more eloquent, but he’s proven his chops by gaining higher favorability ratings today than he had this summer, and...
The election is upon us and millions have already voted. Though we hear that very few Americans remain undecided, we in beautiful blue Vermont should make every last-minute effort to urge them to vote and to choose Joe Biden.  Donald Trump has a natural coalition of the comfortably off who care only about their incomes, religious and “patriotic” zealots, bullies, bigots, racists, haters of all stripes and those he cons with impossible promises. Though Trump lacks a popular majority, it is frighteningly possible that the distribution of his coalition may enable him to win the Electoral College...
This letter is an edited version of the original, which Patricia Heather-Lea sent to Joe Biden on June 29 with her $15 donation.  “LET US ALL BREATHE AND BUILD COMMUNITY.” That was my message on the sign I held at a Black Lives Matter vigil in our town of Bristol, Vt. I listened to you talking with Trevor Noah on his “Daily Social Distancing Show,” posted June 10, entitled, “Reforming the Police.” Trevor asked some very pointed questions: “How do you plan to undo systemic oppression? How do you plan to undo systemic racism? How will you address the needs of the African-American community?” I...
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is starting to vet potential vice presidential candidates. Biden has said that his running mate will be a woman, and that she will be selected well in advance of the Democratic convention, now scheduled to begin — in-person or remotely — on Aug. 17. There is little evidence that vice presidential selections make a difference in presidential election results. The choice of running mate can, however, provide some clues as to how a presidential candidate will approach difficult decisions. Although the historical evidence of an electoral vote...
An open letter to Joe Biden from a multi-generation Vermonter: Mr. Biden, it appears you will be chosen over our adopted son, Bernie. It also appears you are not as ignorant of history as the current man in the White House. Given these two facts, I hope you can recall how our country was saved during the Civil War by Abraham Lincoln gathering a team of rivals around him. Then our world was very likely saved in the WWII by Winston Churchill putting together a team of rivals in his government. Today, Democracy and decency need to be saved in our country, maybe even in the whole world. In the ...

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