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In Defiant 2024 State of the Union, Biden Fires Opening Salvo in Likely Rematch with Trump

President Biden delivered his third State of the Union address on Thursday, taking a defiantly political tone amid the gridlock in Congress and addressing his likely opponent, former President Donald Trump, ahead of what will likely be a contentious rematch between the two in November. While Mr. Biden did not mention Trump by name, he frequently referred to “my predecessor,” highlighting the unusual election that lies ahead between two presidents with differing agendas.

Despite House Speaker Mike Johnson’s calls for decorum, disruptions from Republicans were still present during the address. Mr. Biden veered off script when Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene demanded to “say her name” in reference to Laken Riley, a Georgia student who was tragically murdered by an undocumented man. The President held up a button with Riley’s name, and several other disruptors were removed from the chamber.

In a clear sign of the White House’s emphasis on the upcoming election, Mr. Biden began his speech by drawing parallels to past moments when the State of the Union was delivered under unprecedented circumstances. He compared the current situation to Franklin Roosevelt’s speech in January 1941 when “Hitler was on the march” in Europe, emphasizing that “history is watching” and urging Congress to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The President also addressed the assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, stating that “history will be watching.”

Mr. Biden highlighted key issues that are likely to be central to his campaign, including the stalled immigration bill and the protection of reproductive rights. First lady Jill Biden invited guests who had been directly affected by these issues to underscore the importance of these policies.

Former President Donald Trump, who pledged to respond live to Mr. Biden’s address, criticized the speech on social media, calling it the “worst State of the Union Speech ever made.” Trump rebuked the President’s claims on various topics and took the opportunity to mock Mr. Biden’s appearance.

In a closing note, President Biden expressed optimism for the future, outlining his positive ambitions for the country. He emphasized his vision for a future where all Americans have equal opportunities and rights, stating that he will always be a president for all Americans.

As the election season heats up, the stage is set for a fierce rematch between President Biden and former President Trump, with both candidates gearing up for what promises to be a closely watched and highly contested race in November.

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