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In pictures: Biden’s first State of the Union address

President Biden’s first formal State of the Union address focused on Ukraine, inflation, the coronavirus pandemic and a four-point “Unity Agenda.”

He urged world unity in standing up to Russia, listed ways he’s trying to address rising prices (even if they will likely have limited to no effect in the short term) and offered an optimistic outlook about the end of the pandemic.

Biden made mention of some progressive policy items, such as the need for robust voting-rights legislation and stood up for transgender and abortion rights (while leaving out some other topics such as climate change).

And he also touted some of his accomplishments of his first year, such as the COVID-19 relief bill and the bipartisan infrastructure bill. But the speech’s emphasis on many of Biden’s centrist policy positions, like not defunding the police, was a clear choice in an election year. It was reminiscent, in some ways, of Bill Clinton’s 1995 State of the Union address made after Republicans’ historic gains in the 1994 midterm elections. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, only a limited number of lawmakers were in the chamber.

A Ukrainian flag is waved in the audience while Biden speaks.Saul Loeb/Pool/AP
Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. Oksana Markarova reacts as first lady Jill Biden welcomes her.   Jabin Botsford/Pool
Vice President Kamala Harris?, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell lead members of the Senate across the Rotunda to attend the State of the Union address.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Democratic Representatives take a photo together ahead of President Biden‘s State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on March 1, 2022. Sarahbeth Maney/The New York Times/Pool
Joshua Davis, a seventh-grader from Midlothian, Virginia, stands as President Biden acknowledges him during his speech. Davis is a student-advocate for diabetes awareness.J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/AP
Biden aimed to calm concerned Americans who are worried about the war going on Ukraine. “I know news about what is happening can seem alarming to all Americans,” he said. “What I want you to know, we’re going to be OK. We’re going to be OK.” Julia Nikhinson/Pool/AP
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who is retiring soon, reacts while being honored by Biden and applauded by his fellow justices and other audience members. Biden has nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace him.Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters/Bloomberg/Getty Images
President Biden shakes hands with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Vice President Harris at the conclusion of his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on March 1, 2022. Shawn Thew/EPA-EFE/Pool
Members of the U.S. Marine Corps Chemical Biological Incident Response Force sit on the floor as they are posted near the Rotunda ahead of the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Intel CEO Patrick “Pat” Gelsinger attends the State of the Union.  Al Drago/Pool
Biden presents copies of his speech to Harris and Pelosi.Saul Loeb/Pool/AP
Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) look on ahead of the address.  Saul Loeb/Pool
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) scream “Build the Wall” at President Biden with Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) between them.  REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/Pool
President Biden holds hands with Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi after delivering the State of the Union address. Win McNamee/Pool
Ukrainian-American Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN) waits for the start of Biden’s State of the Union address.   Win McNamee/Pool
Biden delivers the State of the Union address.   Saul Loeb/Pool
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, right, stands while being introduced during Biden’s speech. She made headlines last fall when she revealed practices by her former employer, Facebook, that jeopardized safety and security. Haugen testified before Congress on the internal workings of the social media giant, advocating for changes in policies and protection for vulnerable groups, including teenagers. Al Drago/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Harris walks to the House chamber followed by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images
The streets surrounding the Capitol are closed off by law enforcement.Samuel Corum/Getty Images

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