On January 20, 2021, just around 100 days ago, Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. Since becoming inaugurated, President Biden has had to deal with numerous problems from the previous administration in addition to pushing his own agenda. During these past 100 days, I would give President Biden and his administration the grade of an A-.
The first and most important goal of Biden’s agenda was to pass a stimulus plan that gave American families $1,400. While this $1.9 trillion dollar bill was incredibly controversial in both the House and the Senate, it was a long overdue relief for many families who were suffering largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the dire need for financial support for so many Americans, this bill will undoubtedly continue to be a highlight of Biden’s first 100 days and of his presidency at large.
Continuing on the path of a strong response to the COVID-19 pandemic is the Biden Administration’s work with administering vaccines. When Biden first took the White House, his goal was to administer 100 million shots in his first 100 days, but he quickly upped it to 200 million shots after the goal was met before the 100-day mark. As of May 4, over 50% of the adult population in the U.S. has had at least one dose of the vaccine. While these numbers are impressive, it begs the question if we as Americans should be sharing our substantial supply of vaccines with countries that don’t have as much vaccine available in order to vaccinate their high risk populations.
In addition to making numerous strides to combatting the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, Biden has spent many of his days reversing Trump Era policies. Most notably, Biden has reversed 10 of the Trump Administration’s immigration-related policies and bills. While the situation at the border is still wildly inhumane, steps are being taken to allow immigrants to have an easier path to citizenship. Biden’s plan would offer 11 million immigrants a path to citizenship along with increased funding for border security and diversity visas. While the U.S. certainly has a long way to go in terms of having a fair and equitable immigration system, Biden’s administration is certainly making an effort to bring us closer to that goal.
One of the major talking points about the Biden Administration has been foreign policy, particularly concerning the U.S.’s relationship with China, Russia, Iran, and Afghanistan. The most notable aspect of Biden’s forgien policy is his commitment to end the U.S.’s longest war; he has committed to bringing American troops home from Afghanistan beginning on May 1. Lessening our country’s involvement in the Middle East is crucial. Within his first 100 days, Biden has reentered talks about the US-Iran nuclear deal, which President Trump abandoned during his presidency. Taking the U.S. out of expensive wars and reentering peace talks are just the highlights of Biden’s forgein policy initiatives within his first 100 days.
Social, racial, and climate justice have been a focal point of Biden’s campaign and now for his presidency. It is important to remember that the Biden administration has the most diverse cabinet in history, which is a huge step forward. Biden and Harris have both been outspoken in their support for marginalized communities to remind the American people that the White House is fighting for them. Due to the recent hate crimes against individuals from the Asian American and Pacfic Islander community, the Biden administration has established a federal task force to investigate these hate crimes further in a effort to denounce this xenophobic behavioir. After the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial, the Biden-Harris White House continued to support police reform by urging Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. This bill would reform policing in the United States by banning some forms of lethal force and improve training practices, among other provisions. Biden also reversed the Trump’s transgender ban in the military as way to show his support for the LGBTQ+ community.
While there are numerous ways to evaluate a new President and their cabinet, it is important to look at the conditions that they inherited. Considering that President Biden and his administration inherited a virtually disastrous and divided America, they have done a fairly good job at attending to the most pressing issues of the country. Of course there is always more work to be done, but after 100 days, the Biden administration gets a solid A- for their efforts.