JOE Biden delivers his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, not long after Putin’s “propaganda chief” threatened the West with possible nuclear war.
The speech comes after news anchor Dmitry Kiselyov told viewers on Russian TV that the West would face “more than 500 nuclear warheads” if it continued to threaten Moscow, after Putin ordered his nuclear forces be put on high alert.
Biden’s address comes just days after Vladimir Putin and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, to which the president responded by imposing strict sanctions, and he is expected to discuss the ongoing dispute.
Meanwhile, the president’s approval rating now sits at 41 percent, according to a recent Yahoo News/YouGov poll, and the survey also found that six in 10 Americans believe Biden has not kept most of the promises he made on the campaign trail.
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Back in time
Reynolds started off the speech by saying that Biden is not doing anything to advance the country towards greatness.
“We’re now one year into his presidency, and instead of moving America forward, it feels like President Biden and his party have sent us back in time to the late ’70s and early ’80s when runaway inflation was hammering families, a violent crime wave was crashing our cities, and the Soviet army was trying to redraw the world map.”
Who is Kim Reynolds?
Reynolds is the current governor of Iowa and the rising star of the Republican party.
She is Iowa’s first elected female governor.
She served nearly two terms as lieutenant governor for the state and succeeded former Governor Terry Branstad in 2017 when he was appointed US Ambassador to China.
Reynolds was officially elected governor in November 2018.
Reynolds says that Republicans are the true leaders of America as they fight to restore the country’s safety and energy and return to normalcy.
“Most of all, we’re respecting your freedom.”
Secure the border
Reynolds says that the Biden administration has refused to secure the border and improve immigration policy.
The right choice
Reynolds says keeping schools open is the way to move America forward.
“Republicans believe parents matter.”
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is delivering the Republican rebuttal to Biden’s State of the Union Address.
Who is Lauren Boebert?
Lauren Boebert is a Republican guns rights activist serving as the US Representative for Colorado’s 3rd congressional district.
The freshman representative is known for speaking out against the Biden administration and being active on Twitter.
“Go get him,” Biden said after the speech’s closing remarks:
“We are stronger today than we were a year ago and we will be stronger a year from now than we are today.
“Now is our moment to meet and overcome the challenges of our time.”
A future within our grasp
Harris and Pelosi beam as Biden proclaims his hope for the nation as America will “save democracy.”
Unity agenda: End cancer
Biden said this is a personal issue for him, the First Lady, and the Vice President.
“Turn cancer from death sentences into a treatable disease.”
He called on Congress to fund the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health.
Unity agenda: Veterans
Biden announced expanded benefits for veterans suffering from cancer.
“I’m also calling on Congress: pass a law to make sure veterans devastated by toxic exposures in Iraq and Afghanistan finally get the benefits and comprehensive health care they deserve.”
Democrats boo heckler
As Biden discussed military veterans and Afghanistan, Lauren Boebert shouted, “You put them in, 13 of them!”
Members booed Boebert and hushed her.
Frances Haugen in attendance
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen is in the audience of the speech and Biden pointed to her as he talked about social media dangers.
Unity agenda: Mental health
Biden said that he wants to focus on mental health services, especially in children as we are in a mental health epidemic.
He calls social media a “national experiment” and said that we must hold platforms accountable.
Unity agenda: Opioid epidemic
Biden says that he plans to increase funding for prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and recovery.
“If you’re suffering from addiction, know you are not alone. I celebrate the 23million Americans in recovery.”
‘I’ll always have your back’
After speaking about women’s rights, Biden said that he will always stand behind transgender Americans to help them reach their “God-given potential.”
“And for our LGBTQ+ Americans, let’s finally get the bipartisan Equality Act to my desk.
“The onslaught of state laws targeting transgender Americans and their families is wrong. “
Fix the immigration system
Chants saying “Build the wall” echoed in the chamber after Biden said that there is a need to secure the Border and fix the immigration system.
Ketanji Brown Jackson
Biden acknowledged Judge Jackson’s nomination to the Circuit Court of Appeals.
“Since she’s been nominated, she’s received a broad range of support—from the Fraternal Order of Police to former judges appointed by Democrats and Republicans.”
Justice Stephen Breyer
Biden thanked Breyer for his service as an Army veteran, Constitutional scholar, and retiring Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Calls on Senate
Biden called on the Senate to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. He also brought up the Disclose Act.
Universal background checks
Biden calls on Congress to pass measures to reduce gun violence and ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
The answer is not to defund the police but to FUND them with resources and training, Biden said about preventing crime.
“So let’s not abandon our streets. Or choose between safety and equal justice.
“Let’s come together to protect our communities, restore trust, and hold law enforcement accountable.”
Biden listed four steps in moving forward after the pandemic.
- Stay protected with vaccines and treatments
- Prepare for new variants
- End the shutdown of schools and businesses
- Continue vaccinating the world
Vaccinate the world
475 Million vaccine doses were sent to 112 countries, “more than any other nation,” Biden said.