President Joe Biden visited Philadelphia for the first time since the controversy involving the Penn Biden Center to speak at the Democratic National Committee's winter meeting reception.

Biden – who was accompanied by newly-elected Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman and Representative Jim Clyburn – landed at 2:01 p.m. at Philadelphia International Airport.

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In back-to-back speeches, DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison, Vice President Kamala Harris, and President Biden touted Democratic midterm victories and legislative successes ahead of the President’s upcoming State of the Union Address on Feb. 7 and a potential announcement of a 2024 re-election campaign.

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Harris began by highlighting recent investments in Philadelphia infrastructure, such as new lanes and sidewalks on Roosevelt Boulevard, and policies that have defined the Biden-Harris administration, such as maintaining welfare programs, addressing the climate crisis, and protecting reproductive rights.

“When someone asked me a few weeks ago for my one word to describe the new year, I said, ‘momentum,’” Harris said, adding that Democrats are “delivering big-time.”

“To our college Dems, let’s remind people that because you organized — because you voted — we made the largest investment in the climate crisis in history,” Harris said.

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Following Harris' speech, Biden began his own by referencing his previous visit to Philadelphia in November 2022, during which he campaigned with former President Barack Obama in advance of the midterm elections.

“Remember how our friends in the press and pundits alike, and even some in our own party, were predicting a giant red wave? Well, guess what? It never happened,” Biden said to laughter and applause from the crowd.

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Biden went on to flaunt recent policy victories, ranging from investments in infrastructure, reduced health care costs, and the historic confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman to serve on the court. 

“So let me ask you a simple question: Are you with me?” Biden said, to which numerous members of the crowd chanted, “Four more years! Four more years!”

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Biden referenced younger generations when talking about historic investments in alleviating the climate crisis.

“We carry a heavy responsibility, and it means we have an extraordinary opportunity as well — an extraordinary opportunity to build the future we want for our children and grandchildren," Biden said. "It hadn’t been available to us in the past."

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The visit to Philadelphia comes after the FBI discovered classified documents at the Penn Biden Center on Nov. 2, a University think tank in Washington D.C. The discovery prompted the Republican-led House Oversight Committee to send a letter to Penn President Liz Magill inquiring about foreign donations and visitors to the center. 

The President did not comment on the situation, although he spoke just over one mile away from Penn’s campus. In response to the Oversight letter, Penn repeated its denial of allegations of foreign influence. 

Since the November searches, the FBI searched Biden’s home in Wilmington, Del. on Dec. 20, where they found six additional classified documents. All documents are currently under investigation by special counsel Robert Hur.

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