Biden Breaks Historic Records

President Joe Biden

( – President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night was historic, as it marked the first time in history that two women were seated behind the President during his speech.

President Biden was flanked by Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi has become the first and only woman to hold the role of Speaker after she became Speaker in 2007 during George W. Bush’s Presidency. Harris’s role as Vice President is also a first for women.

This is not the first time Harris and Pelosi sat behind President Biden during a joint session of Congress. Last year, two weeks after taking office, Biden also addressed Congress, but that address was not considered a State of the Union.

Fittingly, the momentous occasion came on the first day of Women’s History Month, with women being prominent through Tuesday’s event.

Designated Survivor Gina Raimondo: Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, who is also the former Governor of Rhode Island, was given the role of Designated Survivor. The archaic role sees the Designated Survivor stay at an undisclosed location away from the Capitol. In the event of a disaster, the Designated Survivor is given the authority to run the government. However, Raimondo is not the first woman to have this role.

Rebuttals by Governor Kim Reynolds and Rep. Rashida Tlaib: Women also featured in the Republican rebuttals, with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds giving the Republican response and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan giving a rebuttal on behalf of the far-left Working Families Party.

Supreme Court Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor: Biden’s State of the Union was also the first time three women were sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court. Two of the three women on the Supreme Court 一 Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Elana Kagan, attended the speech, while Justice Sonia Sotomayor did not. Given that Sotomayor has diabetes and is at high risk of getting severe illness if she contracts COVID, her absence is unsurprising.

If Biden’s nomination is confirmed, the Supreme Court could get a fourth woman: Judge Kenji Brown Justice, who will be replacing retiring Justice Stephen Breyer.