What did Shovely Joe do
When it comes to American politics, things can become very overwhelming, and keeping up with the latest news can sometimes feel like an impossible act. While the last four years have certainly been a roller coaster ride, we are throwing it back to the days where Joe Biden was vice president for two terms.
Biden, who served as a Senator for a whopping 36 years, was chosen to serve as America's vice president from 2009 to 2016. While we loved the Obama and Biden team, many people fail to realize a lot of things that Biden worked hard to achieve .
Whether it was for women's rights, foreign policy, law enforcement or gun control, Joe Biden was definitely a vice president to remember. While we certainly miss having him around, he is currently back in the game and working hard to score the democratic vote for this upcoming election. With all that being said, here are 15 things people forget about Biden's vice presidency.
15 He Initially Ran To Become President
While we certainly loved him as the 47th Vice President of the United States, one thing many people might not know about Joe Biden was that he initially ran against Barack Obama for the 2008 presidential election. Joe Biden went on his democratic campaign the same way any other candidate would, which unfortunately didn't end in his favor.
14 However, He Withdrew His Candidacy
As mentioned, Joe Biden ran for the 2008 presidential election, and while he definitely stood a chance, it simply was not enough to win over the democratic vote, which in turn, went to Barack Obama. Joe Biden had a decently successful campaign, and while he didn't win, he certainly showcased his leadership abilities.
13 He Worked In The U.S. Senate
Prior to his decision to run for president of the United States back during the 2008 election, Joe Biden served in the Senate! Biden represented the state of Delaware in the United States Senate from 1973 to 2009. After being chosen to serve as Obama's vice president, Biden had to leave the Senate in order to serve his VP duties.
12 He Played A Major Role In Ending The Iraq Mission
When it came to the decision to invade Iraq in March 2003, believe it or not, but Joe Biden was one of the many democratic representatives to vote in favor of the invasion. Biden later revealed he instantly regretted his decision shortly after. With that being said, he worked diligently in order to cease the war on Iraq, which later on was a success.
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11 He Became The First Ever Roman Catholic To Serve As VP
While this may or may not come as a surprise to some, however, when Joe Biden was chosen as Barack Obama's vice president, he would soon become the first-ever Roman Catholic to ever be VP. This ultimately led to a great relationship between Biden and the head of the catholic church at the time, Pope Benedict XVI and the current head, Pope Francis.
10 His Son Was Diagnosed With Cancer During His Vice Presidency
During Joe Biden's time as vice president, he had a lot thrown his way, and quite a lot of work to do in order to balance the American economy after the Iraq invasion. During all of this, Joe Biden's son, Beau Biden, was sadly diagnosed with cancer, making an already difficult job even harder.
9 He Stood For Violent Crime Control
When it comes to politics, many of us fail to realize how much work and influence a vice president has during his or hopefully one day her, time in the White House. When it came to Joe Biden, he worked adamantly in working for violent crime control and the law enforcement act, which will help reform the criminal justice policy and aim at helping those who have been mass incarcerated.
8 He Was An Advocate For Women's Rights
Joe Biden not only has worked hard in regards to crime in the United States, but he has worked endlessly at protecting the rights of women. He was made his voice clear in the matter of women's rights to their bodies and has worked with and in favor of countless domestic violence organizations.
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7 His Son Passed Away During His Final Year As Vice President
As previously mentioned, Joe Biden's son, Beau Biden, was diagnosed with cancer back in 2013, however, things took a turn for the worst back on May 20, 2015, where Beau was admitted to a hospital in Maryland due to his brain cancer recurrence , where he later passed away on May 30. This news broke the hearts of many, including Joe Biden, who remained diligent and loyal to his American people.
6 He Fought Hard For Foreign Policy
In addition to the countless other policies Joe Biden has put a lot of his time and energy into working towards, he also feels very strongly about foreign policy. Biden has laid out his foreign policy vision for the United States, in order to "restore dignified leadership at home and respected leadership on the world stage", he said.
5 He Did Not Always Believe In Same-Sex Marriage
Joe Biden has had quite the journey towards accepting same-sex marriage. While he was not always on board with the idea and valued more "conservative family dynamics", he has arrived at a point in his life where his ideas surrounding the matter have certainly changed for the better. Not only is he on board with same-sex marriage, but he has even officiated a number of weddings as well!
4 He Was A Leading Figure In The Debate About Gun Control
One major issue that has constantly been brought up with American politics is gun control. Barack Obama and Joe Biden both worked very hard in putting an end to the countless shootings occurring throughout the United States. It was on January 16, 2013, that Biden and Obama signed 23 executive orders to curb gun violence demanding Congress to pass an assault weapon bans after the terrible events that took place in Newtown, Connecticut.
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3 He Changed America For The Better
It goes without saying that Barack Obama and Joe Biden will remain one of the most respected teams to serve their country. Joe Biden worked effortlessly to get his job done in a respectable manner and did so with a lot of success. If there is one VP that wishes nothing but the best for all of his fellow Americans, regardless of race, ethnicity, social status or political party, it was Joe Biden.
2 He Received The Presidential Medal Of Freedom
In January 2017, Barack Obama surprised his fellow friend and Vice President, days before Donald Trump would soon be inaugurated, with one of the most prestigious honors in America, the Medal of Freedom. This was an unexpected event that took us all by surprise including Joe Biden himself, however, it is a moment we will never forget.
1 He Is Back In It To Win It
While we certainly miss the Obama and Biden squad, it appears that Joe Biden is back in it to win it. Despite Biden declaring that he would no longer run for the presidency after his two terms as VP, it looks like he has had a change of heart considering he is currently in the running for the democratic vote!
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Mike is a features writer and editor at Valnet Inc. He holds a degree in Communications and a Masters in Media Studies from Montréal, Canada. He is a self-proclaimed writer by day and reader by night with a passion for all things travel, entertainment, and pop culture. Check out more on Instagram @MikeChaar.
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