President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday may not be what we usually see in past ceremonies that ushered in a new administration. But it is one that should give Americans a new hope. It comes in the midst of a pandemic in which precautions must be strictly observed, in addition to increasing security measures so that the transition of power is not ruined by those who refuse to acknowledge it, the absence of the outgoing president, and a drastically reduced audience on Capitol Hill to witness the event.
In his inaugural address, the new president called on Americans to start over and come together as one. “This is a great nation,” the new president told Americans. “We are good people.” Addressing the challenges facing the country, including the cry for racial justice, he proclaimed that such things–the dream of justice for all–will no longer be deferred.
Former president Trump has been viewed as being divisive, misogynistic, racist, a provider of lies, and a threat to democracy. And just two weeks earlier, an angry mob stormed the Capitol and right where Biden is delivering his inaugural address, when Trump successfully convinced them of his claim that Biden had not really won the election. But Biden, and as many Americans also believed, that his victory is the triumph of democracy.
“We’ve learned again that democracy is precious,” said the new president. “Democracy is fragile. At this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed.” And those who didn’t vote for him, he asked about giving him a chance, as he insists on fighting as hard for them as he does for those who voted for him.
“It’s a new day in America,” Biden said on his Twitter account on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 as he prepared for the inauguration ceremony in his honor. And right in his speech he said: “This is America’s day.” He was standing there delivering his speech under a bright winter sky. “This is democracy’s day,” he said as the flurries of snow melted and the clouds gave way to the bright rays of the sun.
As for the role America has to play in the world stage under his administration, he has this to say: “We will repair our alliances and engage with the world once again. We’ll lead not merely by the example of our power but by the power of our example.”
Biden’s inaugural address, from start to finish, is as radiant with optimism as it is with his confident predictions that American idealism will prevail; the kind of speech that millions of Americans who are disappointed or felt betrayed by the past administration would like to hear.
“We are facing an attack on democracy and on truth. A raging virus. Growing inequity. The sting of systemic racism. A climate in crisis. The role of the United States in the world. Any one of these would be enough to challenge us in a profound way. But the fact is we face them all at once, presenting this nation with the gravest of responsibilities.”
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