As President of the United States, Joe Biden has a lot of pressure on his shoulders to do well. Seemingly, most of it is from himself as he's said he hopes to "live up to" the job.
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President of the United States...
It's a title that thousands of people hope to one day achieve.
But unfortunately, not all will be lucky enough to do so.
And so, for those like Joe Biden who do, it makes the pressure of living up to the role that little more intense.
A pressure that Joe Biden very much feels, as in his first interview since being sworn in he has revealed that he hopes "to God that I live up to" the job.
Keep scrolling to find out what he said...
Now, the past few weeks has seen a huge shift for the US.
With Donald Trump leaving the White House and Joe Biden sworn in as the President of the United States.
Combined with the Democrats gaining control of the Senate, some big changes are already underway.
And President Biden has wasted no time putting his mark firmly upon our country, signing executive orders and dismantling a whole array of Trump-era regulations.
Already, he has:
Reportedly wasted no time removing Trump's diet coke button from the Oval Office.
Fulfilled one of his top campaign promises by pledging to put the U.S. back in the Paris Agreement on climate change - an international pact aimed at curbing emissions that cause global warming.
Trump famously withdrew from the agreement in 2017, citing costs to American taxpayers.
He's also clamped down on the country's COVID-19 response.
Biden signed an executive order which created the position of COVID-19 response coordinator, who will advise the president and oversee the distribution of vaccines, tests, and other supplies.
An executive order requiring mask-wearing on federal property was also signed.
Then the Democrats introduced a bill proposing to more than double the US minimum wage by 2025.
If passed, the "Raise the Wage Act" would initially see the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour increased to $9.50.
And as for the country's ongoing racial division?
Well, Biden has already got to work on putting the pieces back together.
He first signed an executive order to promote racial equity.
Biden ordered his government to conduct equity assessments of its agencies and reallocate resources to "advance equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality."
He then reversed Trump's infamous ban on U.S. entry from majority-Muslim countries.
Biden's proclamation reversed Trump's policy that barred entry to the U.S. for refugees and residents from 7 predominantly Muslim countries and orders plans within forty-five days for resuming visa processing.
Then, he brought back the plans for the face of Harriet Tubman to be put on the new $20 bill design.
Now, this would be a huge move for not only Black history, but for all Black people across America.
Known as the "Moses of her people," Harriet Tubman was enslaved, escaped, and helped others gain their freedom as a "conductor" of the Underground Railroad.
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To this day, she remains a poignant figure in the slavery abolishment movement, and a true hero among the Black community.
Among all of these changes, Biden also instructed the Justice Department to not renew contracts with private prisons.
With the aim of ending the use of private prisons for federal use.
The order will see the Justice Department phase out its contracts with privately-operated criminal detention facilities which have been said to contribute to America's mass incarceration problem.
President Biden also repealed the anti-abortion policies introduced by Donald Trump.
As he signed a presidential memorandum to repeal the global gag rule which stops the federal government from spending US tax dollars on any foreign health organization that offer or provide information on abortion services.
There's no denying that President Biden got straight to work.
Changing policies and orders, hopefully for the better.
And now, we might know why there's been so much change so quickly...
He clearly wants to live up to his own expectations.
In his first interview since being sworn in, President Biden said that he "hopes to God I live up to" the job of president.
A sentence that has stirred up mixed opinions online...
President Biden spoke to CBS Evening News anchor Norah O'Donnell and revealed that he "always thought about presidents in terms of Abraham Lincoln up there or, you know, Franklin Roosevelt or George Washington."
People he struggled to compare himself to as he added, "And I thought to myself, 'How in God's name could I compare myself to them?"
"But then I realized I know 8 presidents. … I know them. They're all really fine men and you know their strengths and their weaknesses," he continued.
"And it gave a little more of, well, you know, no, I — don't get me wrong, I think it's an incredibly challenging job. And I'm extremely flattered to have a chance to do it. And I hope to God I live up to it. But it seemed to make it more life size."
O'Donnell went on to ask President Biden if it felt different when he walked in as president despite having done it many times before as Vice President.
To which he responded, "You know when it felt different?"
"When I walked through the front doors of the White House after being sworn in."
So, there you have it.
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