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  • January 22, 2021

removed his mask as soon as he returned from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after he was treated for COVID-19 in October. 

A bronze bust of Mexican-American labor leader César Chávez overlooks photographs on a table behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office while President Joe Biden prepares to sign a series of executive orders just hours after his inauguration on Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

A bronze bust of Mexican-American civil rights activist and labor leader César Chávez stood out from behind the Resolute Desk as Biden signed the executive orders.

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Chávez founded what would later become the United Farmworkers Union in the 1960s and led several strikes and marches over the next several decades to improve conditions for farmworkers in the country, emphasizing nonviolent protests.

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“Si se puede,” a chant that became popular during his movement, has been used for many other progressive causes. Most notably, former President Barack Obama, for whom Biden served as vice president, borrowed the phrase and used the English-language equivalent, “Yes, we can,” as his slogan for his 2008 presidential campaign.

controversial painting of President Andrew Jackson that Trump had hung in the Oval Office. Biden replaced it with a portrait of Benjamin Franklin “to represent Biden’s interest in following science,” according to The Washington Post.

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Additionally, there are paintings of President Thomas Jefferson and Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton hanging near each other. Jefferson and Hamilton famously disagreed. Biden’s main message of his campaign, and inauguration, was unity in a time of deep partisanship and tension. 

According to The Post, the paintings were placed together to show “how differences of opinion, expressed within the guardrails of the Republic, are essential to democracy.”

Contributing: Rafael Carranza, The Arizona Republic

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