The moments of tension that were experienced in the US Congress during Biden's State of the Union speech
Throughout the US president's speech, an image was repeated that captured the distance between Democrats and Republicans
Biden's State of the Union address
Democratic cheers versus long-faced Republicans, heat from some versus reproach of others, who gave the second State of the Union address ofJoe Biden made it clear that the relationship of the White House with the new Congress is going to be very complicated.
Throughout the speech an image was repeated that captured the distance between the two parties.
Biden himself highlighted the situation, which crossed television screens, by including a joke on relations between Democrats and Republicans in his greeting to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy.
“Mr. President, I don't want to ruin your reputation, but I look forward to working with you,” he said with a laugh.
Democratic cheers against the long faces of Republicans, the heat of some against the reproaches of others, starred in Joe Biden's second State of the Union address. (REUTERS)
The enthusiasm of Harris, seated behind Biden, in front of the quietude of McCarthy – who out of respect for the speaker, nevertheless, applauded on occasions – reflected the sentiments of the two parties. Although on the bench the Republicans made more noise than their leader.
As soon as he entered the chamber, the words that Biden exchanged with some congressmen already caused a stir, with a greeting to the Republican Matt Gaetz, an ally of former president Donald Trump, and a meeting of glances without a handshake with the young George Santos, on the tightrope after learning that he included false information in his curriculum.< /p>
/p>As soon as he entered the chamber, the words that Biden exchanged with some congressmen already caused a stir. (REUTERS)
In a Capitol building fenced off for security, Biden referred to the January 6, 2020 assault as “the biggest national battle since the civil war” and no Republican rose from their seat to support his words, not even McCarthy.
In addition, Biden had to listen to some boos from the Republicans, as well as the “liar” insult brought about by the congresswoman close to Trump, < b>Marjorie Taylor Greene, who responded in this way when the president accused the conservatives of wanting to cut social security and health care.
An incident reminiscent of shouting “you lie!” from Republican Joe Wilson to then-President Barack Obama (2009-2017) in the State of the Union address in 2009, for which he was reprimanded by the House of Representatives later.
Hours before the speech, Marjorie Taylor Greene had walked the halls of the Capitol with a white balloon in reference to to the Chinese spy balloonthat flew over US territory last week, assuring that it would take him to the chamber. In the end, she did not wear it, although she did wear it in this color.
Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene walked the corridors of the Capitol with a white balloon in allusion to the Chinese spy balloon
McCarthy He unsuccessfully silenced his fellow party members when the speech escalated to deaths from fentanyl, which many conservatives attribute to the immigration situation on the border with Mexico
Republicans blamed the president for the problem shouting “it's your fault”, to which they added another: “Close the border”.
The applause to the mother and stepfather of Tyre Nichols, the young African-American who died in early January in Memphis (Tennessee) after being beaten by several police officers, it was one of the few moments in which both parties coincided.
Some Democratic congressmen took the opportunity to take their cause to the floor, such as congressman Maxwell Frost, who chose to wear a “March for our lives” pin, against violence for firearms.
Frost, together with Democratic Congressman Greg Casar, brought as a special guest the father of Joaquin Oliver, who died at the age of 17 in the Parkland massacre, Florida, in an attempt to shed light on the epidemic of gun violence.
Biden had to listen to some booing from Republicans, as well as the “liar” insult dispensed by Trump's close congresswoman, Marjorie Taylor Greene. (REUTERS)
For her part, Democrat Madeleine Dean paired an “abortion” badge with a blue and yellow ribbon in support of Ukraine. Biden also greeted the Ukrainian ambassador, Oksana Markarova, who attended the speech invited by the White House.
Another of the guests, this time by the Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was Anabelys Lopes, of Brazilian origin, known because at the time tShe had to travel from Florida to Washington to have an abortion, since she did not have access to a safe abortion in her state due to legislation imposed by the Republicans.
All of them they listened to a speech full of messages to the Republicans, to whom Biden repeatedly asked to work together, although without ceasing to reproach them for many of their positions.
Abroad, some bars Washington did not want to miss the opportunity to follow Biden's words and the reactions of the Republicans, so they offered special plans for the occasion.
Like the Union Pub, which organized a $150 exclusive event with food and drink bundles. According to the newspaper The Hill, the same bar took advantage of the drama of the vote last month to choose a speaker for the Lower House, with a premium package for $218.
(With information from EFE)