|Biden becomes America's 46th President
And who exactly was Joe Biden?
Biden enters the U.S. Senate amidst horrible family tragecy
Life goes on for Senator Joe Biden
Biden's first predential run - 1987
Biden as an increasingly influention senator
Biden's second presidential run - 2007
Biden as Obama's vice president (2009-2017)
Biden's third (and successful) presidential run - 2019-2020
January 20, 2021 - Biden taking the oath of office as American president #46.
Joe and Neilia Biden and daughter Naomi
Biden and his first wife, Neilia, celebrating Joe's 30th birthday with their sons Hunter and Beau - November 20, 1972
Then on December 18, Neilia and Naomi were killed in a car accident on a Christmas shopping trip.
Beau and Hunter survived but had to be hospitalized
Biden was shattered ... and considered not taking up his new office as U.S. senator
He confessed later that he even felt suicidal ... and was very angry at God
But ultimately he was sworn into office
... at the bedside of his son Beau at the Wilmington hospital
January 1973 Biden is sworn in as U.S. Senator (son Beau in the foreground)
Joe with his sons Beau (left) and hunter ... and his future wife Jill Jacobs.
He met Jill on a blind date arranged by his brother in 1975.
Joe and Jill in their early years together - 1975
They were married in 1977 and had a daugher, Ashley in 1981
Senator Biden and President Carter in 1978
(Biden had been the first Senator to support Carter in his 1976 decision to run for the presidency)
They would remain close
Joe and Jill were very much Catholic in religion
which Joe often made very clear
Jill and Joe meet Pope John Paul II at the Vatican - April 1980
Vice President Bush leads Biden in a swearing-in ceremony - 1985
In 1987, President Reagan nominated Judge Robert Bork for the position
as U.S. Supreme Court Justice
The appointment went to the Senate for confirmation - September 1987
... and the preliminary hearing was assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Biden chaired
There Bork was opposed strongly by Biden ...
who was chiefly responsible for Bork's final failure to be appointed as U.S. Supreme Court justice
Biden announcing his decision to run for the U.S. presidency at the end of Reagan's term in office - June 1987
Joe and Jill begin their campaign
But he would drop out of the race when reports emerged that he had plagerized a paper back in law school.
Biden, Obama and Clinton prior to the start of a Democratic presidential primary debate - 2007
And he campaigned hard for the presidential job
November 4, 2007 Obama and Biden celebrating together at their election night party
Biden and Obama campaigning together - 2008
Biden and Obama would work together closely.
Here Obama is congratulating Biden for his work helping get a debt-ceiling bill passed in Congress - 2011.
A grand moment ... Biden, Obama, Clinton and others watch the takedown of Bin Laden - May 1, 2011
November 7, 2012 - Another election night party, with Obama and Biden understanding
that they had defeated Republican candidate Mitt Romney (and his running mate Paul Ryan)
Tragedy strikes Biden and family again
Joe and his son Beau at the 2008 Democratic Party national convention
... when his son Beau died of brain cancer (46 years old) - May 30, 2015
Beau's casket being carried into church in Wilmington - June 2015
Biden at his son's funeral
Consequently ... Biden chose not to run in the 2016 presidential race
but campaigned for Hillary Clinton instead
Biden meeting with Mike Pence, his replacement as Vice President
Biden tears up as Obama, in one of his last acts as outgoing president,
awards Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom (January 2017)
Obama and Biden greeting Trump at his inauguration - January 20, 2017
(Trump would not return the favor four years later at Biden's inauguration)
Then family troubles hit when the news came out in March of 2017 that his son Hunter
was having an affair with his deceased brother's wife Hallie.
The news came out after Hunter's wife Kathleen filed for divorce ... (separated since October of 2015)
... citing a huge list of bad behavior on Hunter's part as her reason for the divorce
Hunter did not deny the relationship with Hallie.
Instead, he asked his dad to bless the relationship ... which Biden did:
"We are all lucky that Hunter and Hallie found each other
as they were putting their lives together again after such sadness.
They have mine and Jill's full and complete support and we are happy for them.
(Time, March 3, 2017/ Time, April 30, 2019)
But two years later (during Biden's run again for president) the two would separate.
Biden announcing his third run for the U.S. Presidency - May 18, 2019
Joe and Jill Biden kicking off their campaign together in Philadelphia
Biden at one of a huge series of Democratic Party debates - January 14, 2020
Biden announces Kamala Harris as his choice of "woman of color"
to be his vice-presidential running mate - March 2020
Biden getting his official nomination at the Democratic Party national convention August 17-20 in Milwaukee
... participants greatly reduced in number because of Corona-virus restrictions (but notice: no masks!)
Trump and Obama at their 2nd presidential debate - October 22, 2020
But at this point 40 million Americans had already voted by mail
... and the ratings did not really change anyway ... despite of this much more civil debate
Biden speaking before a Wilmington gathering upon the announcement of his electoral victory - November 2020