Joe Biden’s challenge: big, early victories in a toxic political climate

Joe Biden’s challenge: big, early victories in a toxic political climate

Having won by projecting competence and renewal, the new president has a narrow window to get things done

The shock of the mob attack on the US Capitol had barely subsided when Joe Biden took the stage last week at the Queen, a theatre in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware to lay out his $1.9tn relief plan for the world’s largest economy. 

That evening, the president-elect made no mention of the January 6 insurrection that shook Washington, leaving five people dead and Donald Trump being swiftly impeached for the second time. 

Instead, he spoke of Patricia Dowd, the 57-year-old Californian and first known person to die from coronavirus in the US, and the millions of Americans who had lost what he called the “dignity and respect” of employment during the pandemic.

“I promise you, we will not forget you. We understand what you’re going through. We will never ever give up and we will come back.” Mr Biden said, adding: “Come Wednesday, we begin a new chapter.”