20 Joe Biden Quotes Created by, You Know, The Thing

As we march towards the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, Americans are also stumbling towards another momentous occasion. Love him, hate him, or you don’t really like him and just didn’t want to vote for the other guy, Joe Biden’s shaping up to be the next president. But before that the guy definitely had a political resume–notably serving as a Delaware senator from 1973-2009 and later as the vice president under the Obama administration from 2009-2017. If you do the math on his Senate work, that means Biden was reelected 6 times–breaking his streak because he was going to be vice president at the time. 

For those who might not remember as far back as 2008, Biden tried to run for president. It didn’t go so well, as evidenced by the fact that he was, you know, not elected president for that term. But it did help bolster his reputation and solidify his place on the political map with a stronger appeal to the working-class voter. Biden also tried in 1988, doing a lot better than his 2008 campaign–he was actually considered quite promising. But that would end poorly after some speech plagiarism shenanigans and speaking in extreme hyperbole (IE false) in regards to his personal life. 

Oh also fun (or unfun?) fact, Joe Biden and Barack Obama didn’t like each other for a really long time. Their present relationship is pretty complicated too. 

Joe Biden Quotes

On Being American

“I know how deep and hard the opposing views are in our country on so many things. But I also know this as well. To make progress, we have to stop treating our opponents as enemies. We are not enemies. What brings us together as Americans is so much stronger than anything that can tear us apart.”

“It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric. To lower the temperature. To see each other again. To listen to each other again.”

“I, too, believe there are natural rights that predate any written political or legal documents; we have these rights merely because we’re children of God.”

“For too long in this society, we have celebrated unrestrained individualism over common community.”

On Democracy & Government

“No one’s going to take our democracy away from us, not now, not ever. America’s come too far. America’s fought too many battles. America’s endured too much to ever let that happen.”

“It required a lot less energy, intelligence, and competence to run against government than to try to make government work.”

“No fundamental social change occurs merely because government acts. It’s because civil society, the conscience of a country, begins to rise up and demand change.”

“Our future cannot depend on the government alone. The ultimate solutions lie in the attitudes and the actions of the American people.”

On Life & Loss

“Most of all I was numb, but there were moments when the pain cut through like a shard of broken glass. I began to understand how despair led people to just cash it in; how suicide wasn’t just an option but a rational option.”

“My own father had always said the measure of a man wasn’t how many times or how hard he got knocked down, but how fast he got back up.”

“Sleep was like a phantom I was too tired to chase.”

“The greatest gift is the ability to forget — to forget the bad things and focus on the good.”

“Life is a matter of really tough choices.”

The 2020 Election

“My fellow Americans, the people of this nation have spoken. They have delivered us a clear victory. A convincing victory. A victory for “We the People.””

“I pledge to be a President who seeks not to divide, but to unify. Who doesn’t see Red and Blue states, but a United States.”

“I’ve long talked about the battle for the soul of America. We must restore the soul of America.”

“The effects of climate change are real and must be acted on.”

On the Presidency

“The presidency itself is not a partisan institution. It’s the one office in this nation that represents everyone and it demands a duty of care for all Americans.”

The Gaffes

“We hold these truths to be self-evident. All men and women created… by the — you know — you know, the thing.”

“When seagull droppings landed on my head at a campaign event at Bowers Beach two days before Election Day, I chose to read it as a sign of a coming success.”

This isn’t a quote but we just love this picture. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

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