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A Night of Firsts: President Biden Addresses a Joint Session of Congress


April 29, 2021

President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. - White House photo

WASHINGTON - On the eve of President Joe Biden's 100th day in the presidency, he made a speech to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night. In a normal State of a Union address, the House chamber is full with1,600 people. Due to the pandemic that has plagued the nation for 14 months, the chamber was limited to only 200, including members of the presidential cabinet, members of the Supreme Court, Senate members and House of Representative members.

The night was a night of firsts. It was the first time a U.S. president addressed a join session of Congress in the midst of a global pandemic. It was the first time two women-Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, sat behind the president of the United States as he addressed Congress.

"Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President," Biden said as he began his address. "No president has ever said those words from this podium. No president has ever said those words. And it's about time."


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