Vice President Harris accompanied President Biden as they attended the annual awards banquet for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 52nd Annual Legislative Conference National Town Hall. President Biden gave a speech at the Congressional Black Caucus meeting in Washington, D.C., where he was joined by Vice President Harris.
While highlighting the important role that the CBC plays in campaigning for civil rights and reproductive freedom, Vice President Harris also condemned the fact that gun violence is the primary cause of mortality among children in the United States. In addition, she chastised the state government of Florida for a controversial component of the African American history curriculum.
As soon as President Biden seized the microphone, he complimented Vice President Harris on the insightful leadership she has shown as an African American woman. In addition, he communicated his appreciation to the press secretary at the White House, Karine Jean-Pierre, for her efforts and indicated his contentment with her overall performance.
The President expressed his exasperation with Republican members of Congress, namely a segment that he characterized as “extreme,” for putting the possibility of a shutdown of the government in jeopardy by resisting a deal that he had struck with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. He emphasized the significance of government financing and the far-reaching influence it has on initiatives that are crucial to society.
Biden said unequivocally that he would run for president again in 2024 and emphasized the vital need of defending democratic norms and institutions. He admitted that there were obstacles to his candidacy, including worries about his age, but he insisted that he was prepared to lead based on the activities he had taken as president.
In an effort to address the political divisiveness and violence that has arisen as a result of it, former Vice President Joe Biden has laid responsibility on former President Donald Trump and his followers, accusing them of intentionally working to undermine democracy. He pleaded on the people of the country to turn their backs on political violence and support democracy instead.
Biden reflected on his participation in the civil rights struggle during his time as a student in high school, as well as his early political success, which was bolstered by significant support from members of the African American community. He explained his intention to enter the 2020 presidential race by citing the events that took place in Charlottesville in 2017 and Trump’s reaction to those events as a driving force for his choice.
During his speech, Biden had a few linguistic gaffes, including a mispronunciation of LL Cool J’s name and an early use of the phrase “boy” before quickly correcting himself. Both of these gaffes were quickly corrected by Biden. Concerns were raised concerning the terminology he used when referring to African Americans as a result of this, as was noted in his remark to Maryland’s Governor Wes Moore earlier this year.