After winning the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama stepped into the Oval Office in the midst of a financial collapse that threatened the entire world with economic ruin. Like his former running mate, President Joe Biden has entered the White House in the midst of another crisis, the multiple ones of Donald Trump’s failed administration.
— TIME (@TIME) January 21, 2021
In an Oval Office covered with untouched work, MAGA hats, and a megaphone, Joe Biden is pictured gazing out the window at the disaster left behind as a result of the Trump administration’s lack of focus and priorities.
The United States has already lost more than 400,000 American lives to a virus that Trump lost interest in when it didn’t benefit him politically to talk about. The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine has been an unmitigated disaster so far, with medical clinics quickly running low on supply and seniors waiting hours in line to be turned away. Hundreds of migrant children remain separated from their families as a result of Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy that allowed our government to take children from the arms of their parents and refuse to return them. The country is also still reeling from an attack on its government from a rabid group of its own citizens and trying to figure out what to do with a former president who incited that attack. A Senate trial, a divided Congress, a global pandemic, and a slew of work to be done to undo the previous administration’s cruelty makes for a tough row to hoe for a new president committed to unifying the country.
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