Thursday, April 29, 2021

President Biden's address to Congress: The top 5 moments
There were several notable moments during Biden's historic address to sparse House chamber

President Biden delivered an address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, giving his most high-profile speech to the nation yet on the eve of his 100th day in office.

Here are the top five moments from Biden's address to a joint session of Congress Wednesday night. 

Biden's entrance

Biden's walk to the front of the House chamber was eerie.

Normally at addresses like this, presidents are mobbed by dozens of lawmakers seeking just a couple seconds of air time on national television. Presidents shake hands, dole out slaps on the shoulder and smile as they take usually multiple minutes to make it up the aisle. 

Biden Wednesday, however, was not visibly smiling -- he was wearing a mask as he walked into the chamber despite that he is vaccinated. 

Biden dealt fist bumps to a handful of lawmakers, including Republicans. He got a pat on the back from Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and elbow bumped with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. But there were more open seats in the chamber than lawmakers. 

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Biden Gets Torched Over Claim Capitol Riot Was 'Worst Attack on Our Democracy Since the Civil War'
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In his first address before a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, President Biden oddly claimed that the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol Building was “the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.” 

"As I stand here tonight — just one day shy of the 100th day of my administration. 100 days since I took the oath of office, lifted my hand off our family Bible, and inherited a nation in crisis," he said.

"The worst pandemic in a century. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War," Biden added.

The claim prompted widespread backlash from social media users.