South Carolina would play host to the President of the United States for the first time since his march to the Democratic presidential nomination. The state did play quite an important role in his rally, and he comes in as the featured speaker at the graduation ceremonies this week at a historically Black university. On Friday, Joe Biden would be attending the December commencement at the State University, according to the announcements made both by the school and the White House.
The school from Orangeburg is also the alma mater of Jim Clyburn, the US House Majority Whip- the top-ranking Black member of Congress. On Saturday, Clyburn tweeted that he would be walking across the commencement stage with graduates to receive his diploma which he didn’t back in 1961.
Joe Biden Returns To South Carolina
The South Carolina State University also said that Clyburn was to be the keynote speaker, but the House Majority Whip gave the honor to the President. This trip will surely reunite Joe Biden with Clyburn in the state that has been credited with turning around the flagging presidential bid of Joe Biden in 2020. On the cusp of the state’s key first-in-the-South primary. Clyburn had decided to give his backing to Biden- a long-term friend and ally whose campaign had struggled through less than stellar performance in earlier voting states.
This resulted in Joe Biden winning the elections from South Carolina by nearly 30 percentage points, as he also beat chief rival Bernie Sanders on Super Tuesday- thereby claiming the nomination before defeating Donald Trump, the Republican incumbent in the general election.
Although Joe Biden didn’t return to South Carolina since his primary win in the February of 2020, other prominent administration figures did visit the state during the first year of his presidency.