Photos: President Biden marks momentous 100 days with first ever socially distanced address to Congress

By Robert St. John, Senior Photo Editor | Photography by Times Wire Services April 28, 2021 Updated 9:01 PM PT Facebook Twitter Show more sharing options Share Close extra sharing options Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Copy Link URLCopied! Print

President Biden, who has already signed one of the costliest measures in U.S. history to help the country rebound from the coronavirus crisis, is pushing for even more aggressive, long-term actions to reshape American life in his first address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday.

The nationally televised, prime-time speech represents a coda to Biden’s initial 100 days in office, during which he focused on expanding vaccine distribution to slow the infection and death toll from COVID-19, and a pivot toward an increasingly ambitious agenda that, if successful, would make his presidency among the most transformative in generations.

President Biden, in a face mask, bumps arms with another man.
President Biden arrives to address a joint session of Congress at the US Capitol.

Two women bump elbows.
Vice President Kamala Harris, left, greets House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before President Biden’s address.

A line of people walk across a hall.
Vice President Kamala Harris and members of the Senate walk through Statuary Hall in the Capitol.

President Biden faces two women on a dais.
President Biden turns to applaud Vice President Kamala Harris as he speaks to a joint session of Congress.

People stand up in a lightly occupied chamber.
Socially distanced lawmakers stand as President Biden addresses a joint session of Congress.

President Biden speaks as Nancy Pelosi sits behind him.
President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) waits for President Joe Biden to deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) waits for President Joe Biden to deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress.

A man raises his arms.
Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) before Biden’s address.

A woman raises her right hand as a man nearby applauds.
First Lady Jill Biden waves next to Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff as they wait for the arrival of President Biden to address a joint session of Congress.

People take take a selfie.
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), right, takes a photo with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, left, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, center, and and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

People with face masks on stand around.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) prepares for a television appearance after President Joe Biden’s address.

Two women hug.
Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.), left, hugs Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) before the address.

Two men bump fists and a woman reaches out her fist toward them.
President Joe bumps fists with members of Congress as he arrives for the address.

President Joe Biden fist bumps US Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) after he concluded his address.
President Joe Biden fist bumps US Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) after he concluded his address.

President Joe Biden bump elbows with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi after his address.
President Joe Biden bump elbows with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi after his address.