Forget the “100 days”. These are the 10 days that will define Biden’s presidency.

Joe Biden knows he has to work harder and faster than any president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt to restore the confidence of the American people in a government that its predecessor rendered dysfunctional in the face of a pandemic, turned on Americans who demanded racial justice and, finally, attacked by inciting its supporters to storm the Capitol on January 6. Biden admitted his responsibility with an inaugural speech who announced: “We will move forward with speed and urgency as we have a lot to do in this winter of peril and great opportunity. Much to repair, much to restore, much to heal, much to build, and much to gain.

The U.S. presidency provides the largest chair of intimidation in the world, and Biden seized it on a lightly snowy Wednesday, as he became the 46th president of a country that has lost more than 400,000 of its own to ‘a deadly virus and has suffered the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. “I ask every American to join me in this cause. Unite to fight the enemies we face: anger, resentment and hatred, extremism, lawlessness, violence, disease, unemployment and despair, ”Biden said Wednesday. He promised, “With unity we can do great things, important things. We can right the wrongs. We can put people to work in good jobs. We can teach our children in safe schools. We can defeat the deadly virus. We can reward work, rebuild the middle class, and secure health care for all. We can deliver racial justice and we can make America again the driving force for good in the world. ”

There was a dose of poetry in Biden’s speech and at the time of the transition.

But at a time as perilous as this, words must be combined with deeds. Biden acknowledged this reality by acting on his inauguration day – via executive orders and agency guidelines – like no president before him in the 232-year history of executive office. He started by doing what Trump never did: make the fight against Covid-19 the top priority of the administration and the nation. Trump’s criminally negligent response to the pandemic earned a crushing rebuke from the American people, who swept the 45th president from office in November, giving Biden highest percentage of votes for any challenger to an incumbent president since FDR defeated Herbert Hoover in the Great Depression election of 1932.

Roosevelt defined our modern understanding of a militant presidency. But the 32nd president did not publish his first decree-law …staff clarification– until a few days after taking office. Biden moved immediately, give 17 orders and instructions during his first office hours. He also signaled that he would approve a series of additional actions over the next 10 days.

It was the most important signal of his inauguration day – more vital than speeches or songs – because Biden was fulfilling his promise that “the will of the people has been heard and the will of the people has been heard.” The orders Biden placed on Wednesday were described as “Snow storm. ” Good!

The Biden-Harris administration should bury Washington’s obstruction and inertia with a storm of decrees.

It will spark complaints, as Vice President Kamala Harris learned when she advocated during her own candidacy for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination for a broad view of “executive action.” . She has been criticized for proposing gun control and immigration reform decrees – “Kamala Harris can’t stop promising to do things through an executive order”, gripped Raison magazine.

But the radicalism of 2019 is shaping up to be the common sense of 2021.

Amid Wednesday’s festivities, which were tempered by the reality of a pandemic that remains unchecked and a vaccination program that has yet to reach chain speed, Biden launched five executive actions to face the “national emergency” created by the Covid-19. He created the post of “COVID-19 response coordinator” to manage the production of medical equipment and vaccines. He referred the United States to the World Health Organization and sent Dr Anthony Fauci to address the WHO Governing Board meeting on Thursday. He addressed the economic crisis by extending existing moratoria on foreclosures and evictions until March 31 and suspending payment requirements for federal student loans until September 30. and he launched a “100 Days Mask Challenge” which asks Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days of his tenure.

This reference to 100 days was both practical and historic. He embraced the legacy of Roosevelt, whose first 100 days of militant government set the New Deal benchmark for subsequent Democratic administrations. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential rival who became a key supporter of Biden in the fall, argues that the challenges plaguing America require Biden to rule as “the most progressive president since FDR” . It’s a tall order for the new president, especially one who served in the Senate and vice presidency as a centrist and campaigned more as a humane alternative to Trump than as a visionary agent of change. But whatever challenges face on Capitol Hill, Biden has the power to govern in a dynamic and defining manner. “Obviously, as Donald Trump showed us, the power of a pen over decrees is very important,” he added. Sanders said after the election of Biden, “and I hope [the new Democratic president] uses it.

Biden did so on Wednesday, issuing orders that combined urgent measures to tackle the coronavirus with programming initiatives on climate change, immigrant rights and racial equity. Reversing the Trump administration’s climate denial, he re-embraced the Paris climate agreement, canceled the Keystone XL pipeline and launched what President of the Conservation Voters League Gene Karpinski is hailed as a “whole-of-government approach to climate action, environmental justice, clean energy conservation and healthy democracy”.

Recognizing the need to bury Trump’s dual legacy of racism and xenophobia, Biden ended the 1776 Commission’s antihistoric efforts to find excuses for human servitude, ordered federal agencies to take action to secure it. racial equity, outlawed discrimination at work on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation, and demanded that non-citizens be included in the census. He halted construction of Trump’s border wall, rolled back the former president’s immigration enforcement expansion, and ended a Muslim ban which, in the words of the representative Ilhan Omar, stems from “a hateful ideology which justifies dividing people according to their religion and their country of origin”.

Even when Biden issued the orders on Wednesday, however, evidence of the congressional obstruction he will face became evident, as noxious Missouri Senator Josh Hawley blocked the Homeland Security candidate’s quick review, Alejandro Mayorkas. This Democratic president will have a Democratic House and Senate to work with, but the margins are so narrow that the fighting on Capitol Hill will be tough, especially with an impeachment trial in sight. Biden, a 36-year Senate veteran, is experiencing such difficulties. But he cannot allow obstructionists like Hawley and Texas Senator Ted Cruz – or reluctant Democrats like West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin – to delay action. The Biden administration must be prepared to rule by any means necessary. His administration is said to be preparing to take further action on coronavirus policies, economic aid, ‘Buy American’ procurement standards, racial fairness, climate change, healthcare, immigration, international affairs and national security by February 1. He must do all of this – and more, including the gun violence issues Harris proposed to deal with with executive orders.

Some vital initiatives will take 100 days or more. But the identification of this new presidency as a militant response to the failures of the past, and to the demands of the future, requires a First 10 days “Blizzard” of decrees — and it looks like that’s going to happen.

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