PRESIDENT Joe Biden is always on the move performing his presidential responsibilities.
Biden has fought for lower gas prices and student loan forgiveness in recent weeks and will address the nation about extremism in the US in a prime-time speech on September 1, 2022.
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Where is Joe Biden today?
President Joe Biden is hosting a ceremony at the White House for former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s portrait.
This will be the first time a portrait will be hung in a decade since Obama held the portrait ceremony for George W Bush and Laura Bush in 2012.
Stewart McLaurin, the president of the White House Historical Association, told CNN that the unveiling was likely delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Covid impacted us two-and-a-half years ago,” McLaurin said. “And I do think it’s important for these (portraits) to be revealed at a time when the public does have access to the White House and they can be seen.”
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It is typically traditional for the standing president to unveil a portrait for their immediate successor, but the tradition was put on hold during Donald Trump’s presidency.
However, McLaurin told The Guardian: “It’s really up to the current president in the White House and the former president that is portrayed in the portrait to determine the right moment, but there is no set timeline.”
The ceremony will be held at 1.30pm EST at the White House.
Biden’s press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, said the president and first lady were delighted and honored to host the unveiling of Biden’s portrait.
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She continued, saying the portraits “will hang on the walls of the White House forever as reminders of the power of hope and change.”
What did Joe Biden say about extremism?
Biden addressed the nation about the far-right MAGA-based extremism on September 1, 2022.
Extremism in the US is something Biden says presents a direct threat to American democracy.
He traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to deliver his prime-time speech.
Ahead of the speech a senior White House official told The New York Times that Biden would explain how “MAGA Republicans” have put institutions in the US at risk.
The speech followed Biden’s condemnation of “MAGA extremists” on August 26, where he stated they have embraced “semi-fascism.”
Biden has said: “They’re a threat to our very democracy.
“They refuse to accept the will of the people. They embrace political violence.”
His speech comes ahead of the November 2022 elections in which Democrats are at risk of losing the majority in the Senate.
“After a successful past couple of months, the president and Democrats have effectively turned this midterm into a choice, when it’s typically a referendum on the party in the White House,” Stephanie Cutter, a Democratic strategist told The New York Times.
“The president now is articulating that choice, pretty damned well and at just the right time.”
She continued: “The choice couldn’t be clearer — a reminder of what people rejected just two years ago.”
Is Joe Biden canceling student loans?
One of Biden’s promises, when he took office, was student aid relief, saying he would cancel some student loan debt for borrowers.
He revealed his student loan plan on August 24, which includes up to $20k in forgiveness.
Those who make less than $125k per year and went to college on Pell Grants will qualify for $20k in forgiveness.
Those who did not receive Pell Grants will qualify for $10k in student loan forgiveness.
Biden announced the news during a press conference and said: “An entire generation is set with unsustainable debt.
“The burden is so heavy that when you graduate, you cannot afford a middle-class life that college once provided.”
However, some Republicans disagreed with Biden’s loan forgiveness, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“President Biden’s student loan socialism is a slap in the face to every family who sacrificed to save for college, every graduate who paid their debt, and every American who chose a certain career path or volunteered to serve in our Armed Forces in order to avoid taking on debt,” McConnell said.
He added: “This policy is astonishingly unfair.”
However, Sen Elizabeth Warren has been calling on Biden to cancel $50k in student loans per borrower and in a joint statement, she and Sen Chuck Schumer said the decision is “a giant step forward in addressing the student debt crisis.”
Biden announced he is also extending the student loan deferment through December 31, 2022.
He wrote on Twitter: “In keeping with my campaign promise, my Administration is announcing a plan to give working and middle-class families breathing room as they prepare to resume federal student loan payments in January 2023.”
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How long has Joe Biden been in office?
Prior to serving as President, Biden served as Vice President under Barack Obama from January 2009 to January 2017.
A few years later, in 2020, Biden ran against Donald Trump in one of the most controversial elections of all time.
He ultimately beat Trump after securing the 20 electoral votes he needed from Pennsylvania.
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Biden was then officially sworn in on January 20, 2021, with now-Vice President Kamala Harris, and will be up for re-election in 2024.
At this time, it is unclear if he will run again.