Van Jones has just summed up how the last 4 years have felt for so many people, and it is truly touching...
Since the news broke of Joe Biden's presidential victory broke just an hour ago...People have sharing their sheer joy online.
So many are feeling unbelievable happiness and relief right now...
Jones discussed today on live TV how he felt about Biden's election as president...
Now, Joe Biden is officially the new President of the United States.After what has been an eventful run-up, to say the least.
As you will know, this was Biden's third time running for president.
via: GettyHe previously ran in both 1988 and in 2008, before becoming vice president to Barack Obama.
But, long before reaching one of the highest political offices in the nation, Joe Biden grew up in Scranton, northeast Pennsylvania.
via: GettyAs per Biography, Biden's father, Joseph Biden Sr., worked cleaning furnaces and as a used car salesman, while his mother was Catherine Eugenia "Jean" Finnegan.
Biden credits his parents with instilling "hard work and perseverance" into him.
via: GettyBiden recalled his father often saying: "Champ, the measure of a man is not how often he is knocked down, but how quickly he gets up."
As a child, Biden struggled with a stutter...
via: GettyHowever, he managed to overcome his speech impediment by memorizing passages of poetry and reciting them out loud in front of the mirror.
It wasn't until the late sixties when Biden became active in politics...
via: GettyAfter graduating from law school in 1968, he became a member of the Democrat party before being elected to the New Castle County Council in '70.
In 1972, the Delaware Democratic Party encouraged Biden, who was twenty-nine at the time, to run for the United States Senate.
via: GettyVery few people thought he'd get in, but, after a campaign organized mostly by family, Biden won, making him the fifth-youngest U.S. senator elected in the nation's history.
But, just as his political career seemed to be coming together...
via: GettyHe was struck by a devastating tragedy.
A week before the Christmas holiday in 1972...
via: GettyBiden's wife and 3 children were involved in a horrific car accident while out shopping for a Christmas tree.
Heartbreakingly, the accident killed his wife and daughter...
via: GettyAnd left both of his sons, Beau and Hunter, severely injured.
Biden later spoke out about how he considered suicide following the fatal car crash.
via: Getty"I began to understand how despair led people to just cash in; how suicide wasn't just an option but a rational option ... I felt God had played a horrible trick on me, and I was angry."
In spite of the tragedy, Biden decided to continue to represent the people of Delaware in the Senate.
via: GettyBut opted to take the oath of office from his sons' hospital room, instead of the usual swearing-in ceremony.
From 1973 to 2009, Biden served in the Senate.
via: GettyAnd it wasn't long before his presidential ambitions kicked in.
In 1987, he first decided to run for president...
via: GettyBiden had been suffering severe headaches during the campaign, and shortly after he dropped out the following year, doctors discovered that he had 2 life-threatening brain aneurysms.
2 decades after his unsuccessful presidential bid...
via: GettyBiden decided to run for president once again. However, despite his experience in the Senate, his campaign failed to gain momentum.
This year marked his third run for president...
via: GettyAnd saw him go head to head with Donald Trump.
It's been one hell of a run-up to the election.Of course, the election couldn't have fallen on a worse year, but it powered ahead despite some major setbacks... including Trump's coronavirus diagnosis.
The first presidential debate was held back in September...And, entering into the debate, Biden had a significant and persistent lead in the polls.
The second presidential debate didn't exactly go to plan, however.After it was announced it would be held virtually due to the pandemic, Trump demanded that the debate be restored to its original, in-person format, before adding that he would refuse to take part in any virtual debate entirely.
Meanwhile, Biden put together his own plan to appear in an ABC News town hall in Philadelphia...And, never one to miss out on an opportunity to attack his opponent, Trump decided to take part in NBC's Miami town hall event...at the exact same time as Biden’s ABC appearance.
Less than 2 weeks before election day, Trump and Biden met one last time in the final presidential debate.But, due to the constant interrupting in the first election, at the start of each new topic, each candidate had 2 minutes of uninterrupted time during which the opponent’s microphone was firmly switched off.
Safe to say, it ran a lot smoother.Over the course of the debate, several topics were covered, including the coronavirus pandemic, the environment, immigration, and foreign policy.
The election has seen a record number of early voters.As well as lots of celebrities weighing in.
But now, the results are in.
via: GettyAnd Joe Biden is officially the President of the United States.
Donald Trump has been defeated after just one term of presidency...And he has already issued a statement claiming he isn't going to go down with a fight and a lot of legal action, with him still insisting that the result was fixed.
Even though the result was a close call...
We did it 👏🏽💙 Congratulations to President Elect, @JoeBiden Welcome Madam Vice President, @KamalaHarris!! The w… https://t.co/XJrjORg5Oe— Alyssa Page (@Alyssa Page)1604772672.0
It's going to be one hell of a celebration...
NYC cheering 😂😂😂 https://t.co/2UAyTDoNqG— Sara 🍑y (@Sara 🍑y)1604766879.0
Jones was a part of the team reporting the news earlier this morning...And when he was asked by Anderson Cooper about how he felt about the new president, his response was utterly tear-jerking.
"It's easier to be a parent this morning.""Well, it's easier to be a dad! It's easier to tell your kids that character matters," he said as his voice started breaking. "Telling the truth matters, being a good person matters, and it's easier for a whole lot of people - if you're a Muslim in this country you don't have to worry if the president doesn't want you here."
Jones' words were truly powerful."If you're an immigrant, you don't have to worry if the president will be happy to have your baby snatched away... it's just vindication for a lot of people who have suffered."
He then brought up BLM."That wasn't just George Floyd, there's a lot of people who have felt that they couldn't breathe. Every day you're waking up to these tweets and you just don't know... you're worried about your kids, you're worried about your sister, and can she just go to Walmart and get back into her car without somebody saying something to her?".
He concluded with this:"You spend so much of your life energy just holding it together, and this is a big deal for us to just be able to get some peace and have a chance for a reset. The character of the country matters, and being a good man matters - I just want my sons to look at this, it's easier to do it the cheap way and get away with stuff, but it comes back around."
People were touched by Jones' emotional words...
@atrupar I cried along Van Jones. The nightmare is over.— vivian 💙 (@vivian 💙)1604767022.0
Jones' response just goes to show how difficult Trump has made it for so many people in the last 4 years...
@atrupar This just shows the world how difficult a place the US has been for a number of people, and how toxic Trum… https://t.co/qLG3QtJ315— Deb (@Deb)1604767188.0
You can watch Van Jones' speech for yourselves here:
Van Jones was emotional talking about Joe Biden becoming the next President of the United States https://t.co/KaqhSR4sHG— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1604766941.0