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“They Changed America”: Biden marks the first 100 days in Georgia – a state key to his victory

President advertised his $ 4 billion plans to rebuild crumbling U.S. infrastructure and expand the social safety net at the drive-in rally.On his 100th day as U.S. president, Joe Biden spontaneously lowered his black face mask and leaned over to it Microphone and shouted, “Go Georgia, we need you!” It was a fitting moment in a state that claims more than most to be the zero point of a potentially transformative presidency. Biden just had the 100-day milestone with him marked a drive-in rally in Duluth, about 30 miles north of Atlanta, to promote his $ 4 billion plan to rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure and expand the government’s social safety net Coughing and briefly interrupted by protesters calling for an end to private prisons, which he held at a joint congressional session the evening before th version of his speech. However, he devoted particular attention – and gratitude – to an audience that played an overwhelming role in shaping its administration. Towards the end of his campaign, he visited Warm Springs, the Georgia city that helped Franklin Roosevelt manage polio. On the coming election day, Biden was by a narrow majority the first Democrat to win Georgia since Bill Clinton in 1992. On January 5, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock’s unexpected runoff victories in Georgia gave the Democrats the balance of power in the Senate. If the Republicans had been in control, Biden’s first hundred days would have looked very different. Jonathan Alter, author of The Defining Moment: The Hundred Days of FDR and the Triumph of Hope, said Thursday, “Without the Georgia runoff, you wouldn’t have this transformational presidency. It would be a completely different story. If January 6th is an important date in American history, so is January 5th because of these Georgia drains, and without January 5th none of what happens would be possible. “Ossoff and Warnock were on stage with Biden and First Lady Jill Biden at the rally on Thursday evening. The four of them joined hands and held them up as the song (Your love keeps lifting me up) boomed higher and higher from the speakers. Joe Biden greets Senator Raphael Warnock at a rally in Duluth, Georgia. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP Georgia has turned into an exchange of blows in a nationwide struggle for the right to vote. More than a hundred companies, civil rights organizers and sports leagues spoke out against restrictions imposed by Georgia’s Republican legislature. Biden condemned the curbs as “just plain wrong” and called on Congress to pass statewide protection. Last month, Atlanta was the site of a mass shooting that killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent, prompting Biden to take gun safety law enforcement and denounce hate crimes. Long a Republican stronghold, Georgia is now a diversifying swing state, where Senate and governor races will be closely watched over the next year. It will almost certainly be one of the most competitive states during the 2024 presidential campaign. With a US national flag behind him, Biden said to supporters gathered around vehicles, “Because of you, we passed one of the most momentous bailout bills in American history … you changed America.” You have started to change America and you are helping us prove that America can still deliver for the people. “That meant, he said, a hundred days, which included creating 1.3 million jobs, more than any other president in history over the same period. It meant food and rental support, small business loans, and an expansion of health care. And the US is well on the way to halving child poverty this year. The president drew attention to the largest employment plan since World War II, building infrastructure, replacing lead pipes to ensure clean drinking water, and expanding broadband internet to rural areas. Tackling the climate crisis, Biden added, will “create millions of well-paid jobs” and repeat a line from his address to Congress: “There is simply no reason why the blades for wind turbines cannot be built in Pittsburgh instead of Beijing. “Biden has also advanced its new $ 1.8 billion family plan, which includes free universal preschool, free community college, and childcare support. “I was a single father for five years,” he said, remembering the death of his first wife in a car accident and how he had to rely on family members because he could not afford outside help. Republicans have questioned how Biden will pay for his bold plans. He insisted, “It’s very simple. It’s time the very rich and corporate pay their fair share … No one earning less than $ 400,000 a year is going to pay a single extra penny in taxes. “In an emotional finale, Biden told the crowd,” Guys, it’s only been a hundred days, but I have to tell you, I’ve never been so optimistic about the future of America. ” America is on the move again. We choose hope over fear, truth over lies, light over darkness. Biden, who has more campaign-style stops planned in Pennsylvania and Virginia in the coming days, has popular support in polls. A survey by Navigator Research found that 86% of Democrats, 61% of Independents, and even 59% of Republicans approved. Two thirds of the public believe that Biden’s pandemic policy has had a positive effect. Navigator also ran three online focus groups with low-income Republicans and Democrats across the ideological spectrum in Florida, Nevada and Texas. Comments included a Florida man who said, “I don’t feel like I have to scroll through my feed to see what’s next,” and a Nevada man who commented, “Almost immediately, as soon as he has taken office, everything just kind of calmed down and everyone said: “OK, we have a normal person there”. “People cheer as Biden speaks in Georgia, a state crucial to his 2020 victory. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP But Republicans in Congress have condemned Biden’s spending spree, suggesting he is taking advantage of the pandemic, to smuggle in liberal imperatives, and make his bipartisan promise sound hollow. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News, “We’re kind. We’ve done business together in the past. The reason we don’t talk now, is that he’s not trying to do anything remotely moderate. “Think of it as the Biden bait and switch. He ran as moderate, but anything he’s recommended so far is hard left over. Bernie Sanders is really happy. He may have lost a nomination, but he won the argument about today’s Democratic Party – more taxes, more spending, more credit. ” or the Bidens visited 96-year-old former President Jimmy Carter and his 93-year-old wife Rosalynn at their home in Plains, Georgia. It was at least the third time this month that Biden had spoken to one of his predecessors after talks with George W. Bush and Barack Obama about withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. Biden was the first senator to endorse Carter as president in 1976. Carter’s defeat to Republican Ronald Reagan in 1980 ushered in an era when demands for smaller government and lower taxes for the big business and the rich were seen as keys to economic growth. Alter, also the author of Carter’s biography His Very Best, said: “Biden wants a foreign policy that is based on human rights and goes back to Jimmy Carter. “He doesn’t want an Iranian hostage crisis, but in terms of the pursuit of American leadership in the world and advocacy for American values ​​in the world, this really comes from Jimmy Carter, who no longer has a bad smell in the United States, especially the United States Democratic Party, where Democratic candidates in the past have not been too thrilled to be associated with Carter for losing to a landslide. “But that was more than 40 years ago. The sting of Reagan’s landslide has subsided and part of what Biden is selling is a partial return to the pre-Reagan political universe. “