Joe Biden became the 46th US president in January 2021. In a long political career as senator, vice president, and finally president, Joe Biden's life has included victory, disappointment, and personal tragedy. The roots of his ultimate success lie in his early years and his unwillingness to give up. Biden's story, both public and private, is intriguing and often exemplary. His election victory ended one of the most divisive presidencies and presidential elections in US history. It also coincided with a deadly pandemic and global economic catastrophe. Biden, known for his ability to work with people of different political persuasions and as someone who has experienced personal tragedy, will preside over a fractured and exhausted nation.