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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
Biography
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:

1988[]

November 8: Senator from Delaware Joe Biden and Senator from Tennessee Al Gore hold a joint rally at the Biden HQ in Dover, Delaware. Biden wins a unanimous electoral landslide over Vice President from Texas George H.W. Bush and Senator from Indiana Dan Quayle, recieving 359 electoral votes compared to just 179 for Bush and Quayle. Biden and Gore do unexpectedly well in some southern states. Democrats also make some small gains in the house and senate, and they maintain majorities in all three branches of the U.S. government.

November 11: Joe Biden officially resigns from the 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. This choice, like Sam Nunn on November 17, is also well received by members of both parties.

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, but with praise from many of the old-guard Democratic voters that support social policies and civil rights.

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, and his pick of Shirley Chisholm as his Secretary of Education is popular among many American citizens.

1989[]

January 15: Al Gore resigns from his senate seat. Democratic Governor of Tennessee Ned McWherter appoints former Democratic Governor of Tennessee Ray Blanton to Gore's seat. This choice, like Sam Nunn and Michael Dukakis in November and Shirley Chisholm in December, is also well received by members of both parties, and Gore himself applauds the decision.

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, and 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 there 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.

1990[]

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

November: 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.

1991[]

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

1992[]

July - October: Biden and Gore are 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.

November: Biden and Gore are easily re-elected without any incident. Because of Ross Perot's independent campaign, the "Perot Factor" allows Biden and Gore to crush Dole/Cheney by 12 million votes.

December: Secretary of Defense John Kerry resigns, stating he wants to go back to the senate. General Wesley Clark becomes the name defense secretary, while John Kerry was eventually re-elected to the office of Senator of Massachusetts. Later that month, Biden announces that he named Perot as treasury secretary.

1993[]

January: Biden & Gore are sworn in again as president and vice president.

February: 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.

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

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

1994[]

March: The American National Health Care Act of 1994 passes through 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 of 1994, 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, and these victories are seen at best as mediocre.

1995[]

May: Biden makes a statement in Flint, Michigan regarding expanding the manufacturing sector.

July 1995: Vice President Gore forms a presidential exploratory committee.

1996[]

July - October: Al Gore secures the Democratic Nomination, and he names Richard Gephardt as his vice presidential nominee. President Biden endorses him. The Republicans nominate Pat Buchanan and Steve Forbes. Pundits expect Gore to win over Buchanan because of a booming economy and no major foreign conflicts than what the Reagan Administration had. 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%. However, things changed once again when Ross Perot enters the race as a member of the new Reform Party.

November: Vice President Al Gore, at 48 years old, officially wins the presidency, becoming the 42nd President of the United States, while Richard Gephardt became the 45th Vice President of the United States. Because of Ross Perot's presidential run under the Reform Party, the "Perot Factor" helped the Gore/Gephardt campaign crush Buchanan/Forbes by 10 million votes.

December: Following Gore's victory in the election, he asks Perot and many other members of Biden's cabinet to remain in their jobs in the White House for Gore's incoming administration, and all of them happily accepted the offer.

1997[]

January 6: The Electoral College formally meets and elects Al Gore as president and Richard Gephardt as vice president.

January 19: In the lame duck session, President Biden is able to do very little despite his own vice president becoming his successor. In a speech at a Philadelphia Steel mill, which would end up becoming his final speech as President before Gore's inauguration, 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 the 42nd President of the United States, and Richard Gephardt is sworn in as the 45th Vice President of the United States. Al Gore's inauguration speech promises an even stronger and more secure nation, and to focus a great deal of his time on improving the economy and the deficit the Biden Administration had decreased.

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