It was a night of mixed emotions at the State of the Union address as President Biden gave a soft launch for his 2024 presidential bid. From cheers and jeers to a few surprising moments, the speech was full of political fireworks. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the top five moments from the speech, and why they were so important.
First, Biden repeated an old Democratic talking point that has long been debunked by fact-checkers, which prompted a “liar!” from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga. Biden backtracked, but the moment was indicative of the political divide in the room.
Second, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy shushed hecklers in his own party when they interrupted Biden’s tribute to a fentanyl victim. It was a powerful moment that showed the Speaker’s commitment to keeping decorum in the House chamber.
Third, Biden repeated the misleading claim about the number of total jobs he’s “created” since he took office in 2021. Though the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says the economy under Biden has only added 2.7 million overall jobs, Biden continued to tout the 12 million figure.
Fourth, Biden renewed his call to ban so-called “assault weapons,” a move that earned cheers from Democrats and head shaking from Republicans. Though Biden did not elaborate on what type of firearm classified as an “assault weapon,” his call for a ban was a bold move.
Finally, the first lady and second gentleman shared a kiss ahead of the speech, a moment that immediately went viral. The sweet moment was a reminder of the Biden’s commitment to each other, and to the country.
These five moments, and the many more that happened throughout the speech, showed the stark political divide that still exists in the United States. As Biden’s 2024 presidential bid ramps up, it will be interesting to see how his platform evolves, and how these moments will shape the future of American politics.