Joe Biden is a former American president, who now is the vice president-elect or president. In 2021, he defeated incumbent president George W. Bush in the presidential election. A member of both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, Biden was then considered one of the top presidential prospects for the presidential seat. In recent times, however, the public has lost sight of his potential as a future president because President Trump has chosen him to be his running mate for the presidential ticket.
Unlike many other vice president candidates, whose resumes are widely publicized, no information about Joe Biden’s educational background is shown in the media. One of several reasons for that could be the fact that the education opportunities he was able to receive in the Navy during the Vietnam War were limited because of his status as a deserter. As a consequence, he never had the opportunity to obtain a degree in either marine studies or law, two of his more lucrative choices prior to his marriage to Elizabeth Dole in 1974.
The few degree programs that he did attend led to only a bachelor of science, with little to no education in political science or philosophy. Some speculate that Biden believed he would be drafted into the military if not for the degree, so he pursued a degree just for the sake of earning a college degree. However, by the time he was released from the service in 1971, he had little education to offer the public. He was never employed by the government again.
At the time of his election as vice president, Biden had already established himself as a multimillionaire. With a large number of Wall Street investors on the short lists of potential lenders, it was unlikely that any potential lender would be worried about his lack of education. It was this lack of educational investment that would come back to haunt him as he ran for president the next year. During his acceptance speech for the presidential seat as vice president, he made sure to state that he was not only experienced in the military, but also in business, finance and commerce. Unfortunately, when Joe Biden was asked to speak at a committee meeting on education and student loan issues, he could not remember any details of his education. Later in life, his wife would state that she found it strange that her husband did not have a high school diploma or college degree, since he was married four times and served in the military.
A quick look at his educational background shows that Biden attended the University of San Francisco for two years in the early 1960s before he entered the Air Force. In fact, it was during this time that he would get his first real education. Although he received a bachelor’s degree, it was the only degree that he ever achieved. According to reports, Biden then went on to study law at the University of Alabama, where he earned a law degree, a master’s degree in business, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota School of Law. After completing his studies in law, he worked for a firm in Minneapolis, Minn., before becoming a lawyer with the Environmental Protection Agency. It was here that Biden would meet his future wife.
Biden’s impressive legal education would prove to be his undoing. In November of 1963, while working on a case involving the Clean Water Act, he was arrested and charged with trespassing after entering a Bureau of Land Management office without proper authorization. He would spend one more year in jail before the charges were dropped. According to court documents, Biden continued to work on the lawsuits throughout the rest of his legal career, receiving numerous raises and promotions only to be fired by the EPA in 1974 after an outburst at a workshop.
The lesson learned from this experience is that those who expect to rise to a certain level of success quickly, without learning the necessary lessons along the way, may find themselves suffering from the disappointment of failure. Although it is possible to obtain an education from colleges and universities, it would take years and would also involve moving many times. For many professionals this would be a crushing blow, particularly if their dream career involves long hours and heavy lifting. The solution then is to obtain a degree online. By combining convenience and affordability, online bachelor’s degrees have made it possible for many to receive an advanced education without sacrificing the time they need to maintain a job or familial responsibilities.
Online degree programs are flexible, allowing students to take courses at times when it makes sense. If this type of schedule is not feasible, there are a variety of options, including correspondence programs. Those wishing to pursue a degree in environmental law will have the opportunity to complete a correspondence degree as well as taking part in online seminars. Both of these types of programs offer the same basic education. The difference between them is in how the information is delivered and the manner in which it is acquired. This flexibility makes it possible for anyone to receive a degree online, whether their schedule permits it or not.
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