President-elect Joe Biden addressed the American people on Saturday night in a victory speech from his home state of Delaware.
The president-elect promised to rebuild a country torn apart by multiple crises after four years of chaotic rule from President Donald Trump.
The 77-year-old Biden has been a politician for 47 years and ran for president but lost twice before. He first ran in 1988 and then lost again in 2008. The third time is obviously the charm for him.
“I pledge to be a president who does not seek to divide, but unify, who doesn’t see red states or blue states, only sees the United States,” Biden pledged as he accepted the job of the 46th president of the United States.
“The Bible tells us that to everything there is a season — a time to build, a time to reap, a time to sow. And a time to heal. This is the time to heal in America.”
Biden delivered the speech in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, in front of a crowd of socially distanced supporters who also wore masks, Huffington Post reported.
The former vice president said he has two major priorities: slowing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as reuniting a country torn apart by heavily polarized politics, continued systemic racism, and Trump’s harsh rhetoric.
By Monday, Biden said he will unveil a task force of top advisers on the pandemic.
“That plan will be built on a bedrock of science. It will be constructed out of compassion, empathy and concern,” Biden said. “I will spare no effort — or commitment — to turn this pandemic around.”
Biden’s speech reflected his successful campaign which centered around “restoring the soul of America.”
The Independent noted that Biden also directly addressed Trump supporters in his speech: “I understand your disappointment tonight. I’ve lost a couple of times myself. But let’s give each other a chance.”
“It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, to lower the temperature, to see each other, to listen to each other again,” Biden said. “To make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy.”