• Makaela Stilton

How High Should We Keep Our Expectations for Biden’s Presidency?

Updated: Mar 16

After what seemed to be a never-ending cycle of discrimination and undeniably embarrassing tweets that came from the atrocity that was Donald J. Trump’s presidency, a wave of relief came over several communities in the United States once Joe Biden was elected president. Ever since the inauguration on January 20, 2021, Biden has accomplished many steps in the right direction for our country, as well as stated his plans for the future of his role as president, increasing our expectations further.

Looking at the Coronavirus Pandemic, while it seems as if it is never going to go away, Biden has begun to describe and go through what he has planned regarding COVID-19. Including his idea of the “100 Days Masking Challenge”, where anyone on federal ground is required to wear a mask at all times, making a safer space for the people working in the government (many of whom are at high risk for COVID-19). There has also been a start on the administration of vaccines throughout America, with about 45 million given out of the 100 million goal that Biden had declared he would accomplish in his first 100 days in office. The U.S. now has effective plans to rejoin the World Health Organization and has a plan to go through with the expansion of the Affordable Care Act. Both of these plans would increase everyday American’s access to healthcare and give the United States as a nation a better stance in the quality of public health because of the World Health Organization’s guidance. There has also been talk of Biden’s 1.9 trillion dollar stimulus check plan, giving money to all citizens with the purpose of boosting the economy and getting on the road to a normal life.

One of, if not the most historical event that occurred in 2020, was the Black Lives Matter and POC movement that flooded the streets with people protesting for equality. Biden took this and put out a report titled, “Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States” with hopes that the government will come together and work on indifferences in the country that makes it unequal. Biden also reversed the Muslim ban that Trump put out where Muslims were not permitted to immigrate into the U.S. With Biden being president, there is no longer the infamous wall that was said to be built along the border of Mexico. When it comes to LGBTQ+ rights, Biden has repealed the ban of transgender individuals joining the military. The president tweeted, “Today, I repealed the discriminatory ban on transgender people serving in the military. It’s simple: America is safer when everyone qualified to serve can do so openly and with pride,” spreading positivity and giving grace to the transgender community.

Regarding the everlasting issue on climate change, Biden has pushed forward in possibly helping the environment and climate throughout the United States significantly. He has begun the process of the U.S rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, where the United Nations agreed to help and build a better plan for the environment. Biden has expressed his plans in a two trillion dollar investment to battle climate change along with the goal to achieve a carbon-free power sector by 2035. The Keystone XL Pipeline has been revoked by Biden, granting a wish that many environmentalists and advocates for the better of the Earth have been protesting for.

When taking into consideration the many accomplishments and plans that Biden has given the country in his start of presidency, there is an increased level of hope in the American people. Despite the fact that many Americans wanted Biden as president solely because he wasn’t Trump, Biden might be exceeding the expectations put forth when the main idea of the election was to “settle for Biden.” Although we do not know what plans Biden will go through with or were used as propaganda, it is safe to say that there are a lot of things to look forward to in the duration of Biden's presidency. Coming from such a broken and devastating time period for minorities, the glimpse of hope that Biden has granted us in his attempts at moving America forward rather than backwards is allowing us to have expectations that Biden will lead the United States into a more inclusive and accomplished country.

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