April 30, 2021

Biden's Congressional Speech: "Boring but Radical"

  • Executive

By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief: 

President Joe Biden gave his first joint address to Congress this week, recapping his first 100 days in office and providing a vision for the next steps of the administration. In his hour-long speech to the Senate and House, he mentioned several steps the administration has taken in regard to stimulus checks, vaccine distribution, and foreign policy. Most of his speech, however, consisted of many words and few substantial remarks. In the words of Sen. Ted Cruz, Biden’s speech was “boring, but radical.”

The Background: 

Joe Biden gave his first joint address to Congress, consisting mainly of platitudes.  In his address, given in a monotone fashion, he slipped in a few of his goals for the next several hundred days. He stated his intent to raise all taxes, including individual income taxes, small business taxes, capital gains taxes, and the death tax. He also stated his plan to increase the minimum wage, without providing a solution to the inevitable job loss that would occur. 

Biden left many important issues out of his address, including any plan to get Americans back to work or school, despite the fact many people are without jobs and many children across the country are not in school for in-person learning. Biden also did not discuss unity or bipartisanship, instead focusing on progressive goals. He also did not address his well-known plan to pack the courts.

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) delivered a rebuttal, stating, “...Our nation is starving for more than empty platitudes. We need policies and progress that bring us closer together. But three months in, the actions of the President and his party are pulling us further apart.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) stated after the speech, “I challenge you to remember a single line from the speech… it was monotone, the chamber was mostly empty. And that really characterizes the first 100 days of Joe Biden, that he’s tried to say nothing notable, tried to tweet nothing notable. ...But this is the most radical first 100 days of any president in this country. This makes Barack Obama look mild.”

Notable Quotes:

“Joe is deliberately being boring, but the substance of what he’s saying is radical. ...This was a frightening speech masquerading in really boring tones.” - Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

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