WASHINGTON — As President Joe Biden approached the dais for his his first address to a joint session of a socially distant Congress on Wednesday night, he stopped for a fist bump with an unlikely companion: Rep. Liz Cheney
Cheney, R-Wyo., serves because the No. 3 Republican in House management and has been important of the Democratic president. She is the daughter of staunch Republican former Vice President Dick Cheney. But she additionally has drawn the ire of her personal caucus for her condemnation of former President Donald Trump’s feedback after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Here are another moments you could have missed from Biden’s first address to Congress:
Chief Justice Roberts applauds Jill Biden
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was amongst those that clapped for first girl Jill Biden when she acquired a standing ovation because the president spoke about schooling and neighborhood school. The first girl is a neighborhood school professor.
Roberts’ applause was notable as a result of Supreme Court justices sometimes abstain from reacting during presidential addresses as an emblem of the Judiciary Branch’s nonpartisanship.
Was Ted Cruz sleeping?
Viewers at dwelling additionally possible caught a glimpse of what appeared to be Sen. Ted Cruz dozing off within the well-spaced viewers of the House chamber.
As Biden mentioned immigration, a digicam panned to Cruz, R-Texas, simply as his eyes had been drooping.
“I can summarize his speech in three words for you: boring, but radical,” Cruz stated.
Harris, Pelosi on the dais
In his opening remarks, Biden gave a nod to Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who had been standing behind him. Harris is the primary girl to be elected vp and Pelosi grew to become the primary girl speaker in 2007.
“Madam speaker, madam vice president,” Biden said when he arrived at the podium. “No president has ever said those words from this podium, and it’s about time.”
Iowa 2nd’s winner tweaks her opponent
And Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, provided a not-so-subtle jab to her Democratic counterparts. The first-term congresswoman wore a masks with the quantity “6” emblazoned on the entrance – her margin of victory over Democrat Rita Hart.
The tight race in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District dragged out for weeks and made its approach to a House panel when Hart appealed her loss. The attraction was later dropped earlier than the panel had a possibility to weigh in.
This article initially appeared on USA TODAY: Breaking down the top moments from Joe Biden’s address to Congress