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Joe Biden
President Joe Biden
41st President of the United States
In office:
January 20, 1989 - January 20, 1997
Vice President: Al Gore
Preceded by: Ronald Reagan
Succeeded by: Al Gore
Junior Senator from Delaware
In office:
January 3, 1973 - November 11, 1988
Preceded by: Caleb Boggs
Succeeded by: Shien Biau Woo
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
In office:
January 6, 1987 – November 11, 1988
Preceded by: Strom Thurmond
Succeeded by: Orrin Hatch
Member of the New Castle County Council
In office:
1970 – 1972
Born: November 20, 1942
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Birth name: Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.
Political party: Democratic
Spouse: Neilia Hunter (deceased; m. 1966 – 1972) Jill Jacobs (m. 1977)
Children: Beau Biden, Robert Hunter Biden, Naomi Christina Biden, Ashley Blazer Biden
Alma mater: University of Delaware, Syracuse University College of Law
Occupation: Lawyer, Politician
Religion: Roman Catholic


November 8: Senator Joe Biden and Senator Al Gore hold a joint rally in Dover, Delaware. Biden wins an electoral landslide over Vice-President George H.W. Bush and Senator Dan Quayle. Biden does unexpectedly well in some southern states. Democrats also make some small gains in the house and senate.

November 11: Joe Biden officially resigns from senate. Republican Governor of Delaware Michael N. Castle is pressured by both parties to appoint a someone from their party to Biden's senate seat. Ultimately, as a sign of goodwill to President Elect Biden, Castle appoints Democratic Lt. of Delaware Shien Biau Woo as caretaker, despite protests from Castle's own party. Biden applauds the decision.

November 17: Biden names Georgia Senator Sam Nunn as his White House Chief of Staff, Making him the first member of Biden's cabinet named. This choice is well received by members of both parties.

November 20: Biden names Massachusetts Governor, and former primary rival, Michael Dukakis as his Attorney General.

December 1: Biden names Massachusetts Senator John Kerry as his Secretary of Defense, pointing to Kerry respected military career. This move is met with some protest from Republicans.

December 18: The Electoral College formally meets and elects Joe Biden as President and Al Gore as Vice President.

December 19 - January 15: Biden names the rest of his cabinet picks, his pick of Shirley Chisholm as his Secretary of Education is popular.


January 15: Al Gore resigns his senate seat. Democratic Governor of Tennessee Ned McWherter appoints former Democratic Governor of Tennessee Ray Blanton to Gore's seat.

January 20: Joe Biden is sworn in as the 41st President of the United States and Al Gore is sworn in as the 44th Vice-President of the United States. Joe Biden's inauguration speech promises a strong, secure nation, and to focus a great deal of his time on the countries economy and the deficit the Reagan Administration had gathered.

February 15: Biden announces his support for a tax revenue increase, to help decrease the deficit that Reagan left behind. This would include an immediate five-cent per gallon increase on the federal gasoline tax. This immediately is met with vocal protest from Republicans, the most vocal critic being U.S. House Minority Whip Dick Cheney. Biden uses the direct approach and tells Americans why he must raise taxes, his approval rating takes a hit, but the blow is lightened by Biden's directness and honesty.

March - April: Despite strong opposition from Republicans, the tax revenue increase makes it through the house and senate.

May: Panama holds democratic elections, in which Guillermo Endara was elected president; the results were then annulled by Noriega's government. The Biden Administration immediately prepares for military action to remove Noriega if talks fail.

August: Talks collapse, and an all out invasion of Panama seems inevitable. The US dispatches 5,000 troops to Panama to assist the 2,000 already placed their by the Reagan administration.

September: American forces invade Panama

November - reports show that the national debt had gone down and industrial output and exports have grown under the Biden administration.


Saddam Hussein's Iraq invades Kuwait, Biden condemns the action stating "this is outrageous, unjust and a bunch of bull!"

Biden signs the Green Energy Act of 1990 a bill that provides $350 billion dollars for researching and developing Renewable Energy sources like Wind Farm, Solar, Hydro, Bio Diesel, Ethanol and Clean Coal. CAFE standards are raised to 100 mpg by 2010. The bill also sets a timeline to ween the U.S. off of dependence on foreign and fossil fuels by 2015.


Gulf War occurs, Biden's approval ratings sour, Saddam is assassinated by his own people. Democratic elections occur.


Biden is easily renominated with no opposition. The Republicans nominate Bob Dole and Dick Cheney. Pundits expect the race to be close. but all of that changes when Ross Perot enters the race as an independent. the "Perot Factor" allows Biden and Gore to crush Dole/Cheney by 12 million votes. Biden later taps Perot for treasury secretary.

Secretary of Defense John Kerry resigns stating he wants to go back to the senate. General Wesley Clark becomes the name defense secretary.

1993- Biden & Gore are sworn in again as president and vice president.

Powered with the 92 mandate and a large Democratic majority in the house and senate, Biden lays out a plan to provide Americans with good quality healthcare. He names Ted Kennedy the head of the task force tasked to get the job done. Republican minority leader Arlen Specter states "This is something I've always wanted seen done in my career as a United States Senator" his comments lead to Republican backlash, but he remains minority leader.

The Health Care initiative led by Ted Kennedy is steadily being passed through congress. on Meet the Press, VP Gore states "I'm sure the Republicans would support this measure if it was under a president Bush or President Dole."

Oklahoma City Bombing occurs Biden calls it "a tragic, tragic event this is exactly why we must educate people about extremism"

March 1994- The American National Health Care Act passes the House with 200 Democrats and 58 Republicans voting in favor of it. In the Senate it passes 67-33 with all Democrats voting for it and a few Republicans defecting to support it. Biden later tells Ted Kennedy "this is a big f-cking deal."

August - Biden signs the American Protectionist Trade Act, a bill designed by Perot to protect American Trade from unfair practices by other countries, enforce current laws and sets a timeline for doubling exports.

November 1994 - Republicans pick up 18 house seats and 4 senate seats, these victories are seen at best as mediocre

May 1995- Biden makes a statement in Flint Michigan regarding expanding the manufacturing sector.

July 1955- VP Gore forms a presidential exploratory committee.

1996- Al Gore secures the Democratic Nomination, he names Richard Gephardt his vice presidential nominee. President Biden endorses him. Pundits expect Gore to win because of a booming economy and no major foreign conflicts. Gore states his presidency will focus more on the environment. Economic reports show that Biden's policies have allowed the economy to add 15 million jobs under his watch, and the deficits to go down 55%.

Election 1996 - Vice President Al Gore, 48 years old wins the presidency.

In the lame duck session, President Biden is able to do very little despite his own vie president is his successor. In a speech at a Philadelphia Steel mill, Biden talks about labor unions contributions to society stating "I want you to remember, the before the labor movement, there was no middle class. So before you blast the unions for your problems, I want you to think about that."

January 20, 1997 - Albert Gore Jr. is sworn in as President and Richard Gephardt is sworn in as Vice President.

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