It's finally official. Joe Biden, a 78-year-old Democratic candidate, became the 46th President of the United States. On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, Congress certified the victory of the former vice president in the presidential election. A procedure halted after the invasion of Capitol Hill by supporters of Donald Trump, who admitted on Thursday that his term was over … but declared on Friday that he would not attend the inauguration ceremony scheduled for January 20. The Republican still disputes the crowning of his rival and persists in saying that the election was his “Stolen”. However, this is a happy end for Democrat Joe Biden who overcame many trials in his life, both professional and personal, such as the death of his first wife, Neilia Hunter Biden. A drama that even made him think about suicide, as the journalist Sonia Dridi recounts in her book published on September 16, 2020: Joe Biden, America's bet against Trump. A documented and fascinating work which retraces in detail the personal and professional career of the 46th President of the United States. Although written and published before the November election, this biography manages to explain why Joe Biden finally managed to get the job he had coveted for years, how he was unwillingly carried by the coronavirus pandemic that has devastated his country… but also – and above all – how Joe Biden represented the candidate for appeasement in an America more divided than ever. When elected youngest senator in 1972, Joe Biden was quickly overwhelmed between his family life and his professional life. Along with his wife, Neilia Hunter Biden, they are the happy – and young – parents of Beau, Hunter and Naomi. One week before Christmas, they still have not managed to find the time to buy a tree, or to shop for the holidays. It is in this context that the worst happens.
Supported by his mother, sister and brother, he holds on to ensure that his children, Beau and Hunter, do not become orphans
“On December 18, 1972, when Joe Biden left for the capital for the day, Neilia, who was to accompany him, decided to stay, to buy the tree, the three children under his arm”writes Sonia Dridi. “The young elected official, accompanied by his sister Valerie, is sitting in Senator Byrd's office when the phone rings […] Joe Biden immediately has a bad feeling. “She's dead, is that it?” […] Congress is organizing their transport to hospital by plane. When the Delaware elected official arrives and sees the face of his brother, Jimmy, he realizes the worst has happened. Neilia and their 13-month-old daughter, Naomi, were killed in an accident. A semi-trailer carrying corn cobs hit them, sending the SUV into the ditch. ” The couple's two boys, Beau and Hunter, are alive but the latter is injured. For Joe Biden, this is the start of a “Extremely dark period.” The author explains: “His mother, Valerie and brother Jimmy make arrangements to never leave him alone when he watches over his sons day and night in the hospital. He says he thought about suicide but holds up, for Beau and Hunter. ” The politician will confide: “I knew I had no choice but to fight to stay alive.” And Sonia Dridi concludes: “He would later confess that in his despair and depression he thought about becoming a priest again.”
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