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A Presidency for All Individuals

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The individuals of this nation have spoken.

They’ve delivered us a transparent victory. A convincing victory.

A victory for “We the Individuals.”

We’ve got gained with probably the most votes ever forged for a presidential ticket within the historical past of this nation — 81 million.

I’m humbled by the belief and confidence you will have positioned in me.

I pledge to be a President who seeks to not divide, however to unify.

Who doesn’t see Crimson and Blue states, however a United States.

And who will work with all my coronary heart to win the boldness of the entire individuals.

For that’s what America is about: The individuals.

And that’s what our Administration might be about.

I sought this workplace to revive the soul of America. 

To rebuild the spine of the nation — the center class. 

To make America revered around the globe once more and to unite us right here at dwelling.

It’s the honor of my lifetime that so many thousands and thousands of Individuals have voted for this imaginative and prescient. 

And now the work of constructing this imaginative and prescient actual is the duty of our time. 

As I mentioned many occasions earlier than, I’m Jill’s husband. 

I’d not be right here with out the love and tireless help of Jill, Hunter, Ashley, all of our grandchildren and their spouses, and all our household. 

They’re my coronary heart. 

Jill’s a mother — a navy mother — and an educator. 

She has devoted her life to training, however educating isn’t simply what she does — it’s who she is. 

For America’s educators, this can be a nice day: You’re going to have one in every of your personal within the White Home, and Jill goes to make an ideal First Woman.

And I might be honored to be serving with a incredible vp — Kamala Harris — who will make historical past as the primary girl, first Black girl, first girl of South Asian descent, and first daughter of immigrants ever elected to nationwide workplace on this nation.

It’s lengthy overdue, and we’re reminded tonight of all those that fought so arduous for therefore a few years to make this occur. However as soon as once more, America has bent the arc of the ethical universe in the direction of justice.

Kamala, Doug — prefer it or not — you’re household. You’ve change into honorary Bidens and there’s no manner out.

To all those that volunteered, labored the polls in the course of this pandemic, native election officers — you deserve a particular thanks from this nation. 

To my marketing campaign crew, and all of the volunteers, to all those that gave a lot of themselves to make this second potential, I owe you every part.

And to all those that supported us: I’m happy with the marketing campaign we constructed and ran. I’m happy with the coalition we put collectively, the broadest and most numerous in historical past. 

Democrats, Republicans and Independents. 

Progressives, moderates and conservatives. 

Younger and outdated. 

City, suburban and rural. 

Homosexual, straight, transgender. 

White. Latino. Asian. Native American. 

And particularly for these moments when this marketing campaign was at its lowest — the African American group stood up once more for me. They at all times have my again, and I’ll have yours.

I mentioned from the outset I wished a marketing campaign that represented America, and I believe we did that. Now that’s what I need the administration to appear to be.

And to those that voted for President Trump, I perceive your disappointment tonight. 

I’ve misplaced a few elections myself. 

However now, let’s give one another an opportunity. 

It’s time to place away the tough rhetoric.

To decrease the temperature. 

To see one another once more. 

To hear to one another once more.

To make progress, we should cease treating our opponents as our enemy. 

We’re not enemies. We’re Individuals.

The Bible tells us that to every part there’s a season — a time to construct, a time to reap, a time to sow. And a time to heal.

That is the time to heal in America.

Now that the marketing campaign is over — what’s the individuals’s will? What’s our mandate?

I imagine it’s this: Individuals have known as on us to marshal the forces of decency and the forces of equity. To marshal the forces of science and the forces of hope within the nice battles of our time. 

The battle to regulate the virus. 

The battle to construct prosperity. 

The battle to safe your loved ones’s well being care. 

The battle to realize racial justice and root out systemic racism on this nation.

The battle to avoid wasting the local weather.

The battle to revive decency, defend democracy, and provides all people on this nation a good shot.

Our work begins with getting COVID underneath management. 

We can’t restore the financial system, restore our vitality, or relish life’s most valuable moments — hugging a grandchild, birthdays, weddings, graduations, all of the moments that matter most to us — till we get this virus underneath management.

On Monday, I’ll identify a gaggle of main scientists and specialists as Transition Advisors to assist take the Biden-Harris COVID plan and convert it into an motion blueprint that begins on January twentieth, 2021.

That plan might be constructed on a bedrock of science. It is going to be constructed out of compassion, empathy, and concern.

I’ll spare no effort — or dedication — to show this pandemic round.

I ran as a proud Democrat. I’ll now be an American president. I’ll work as arduous for many who didn’t vote for me — as those that did.

Let this grim period of demonization in America start to finish — right here and now. 

The refusal of Democrats and Republicans to cooperate with each other shouldn’t be on account of some mysterious power past our management. 

It’s a choice. It’s a selection we make.

And if we are able to determine to not cooperate, then we are able to determine to cooperate. And I imagine that that is a part of the mandate from the American individuals. They need us to cooperate.

That’s the selection I’ll make. And I name on the Congress — Democrats and Republicans alike — to make that selection with me.

The American story is in regards to the gradual, but regular widening of alternative. 

Make no mistake: Too many desires have been deferred for too lengthy. 

We should make the promise of the nation actual for everyone — irrespective of their race, their ethnicity, their religion, their identification, or their incapacity.

America has at all times been formed by inflection factors — by moments in time the place we’ve made arduous selections about who we’re and what we wish to be. 

Lincoln in 1860 — coming to avoid wasting the Union. 

FDR in 1932 — promising a beleaguered nation a New Deal. 

JFK in 1960 — pledging a New Frontier. 

And twelve years in the past — when Barack Obama made historical past — and instructed us, “Sure, we are able to.”

We stand once more at an inflection level.

We’ve got the chance to defeat despair and to construct a nation of prosperity and objective.

We will do it. I do know we are able to.

I’ve lengthy talked in regards to the battle for the soul of America. 

We should restore the soul of America. 

Our nation is formed by the fixed battle between our higher angels and our darkest impulses.

It’s time for our higher angels to prevail.

Tonight, the entire world is watching America. I imagine at our greatest America is a beacon for the globe.

And we lead not by the instance of our energy, however by the facility of our instance.

I’ve at all times believed we are able to outline America in a single phrase: Prospects.

That in America everybody needs to be given the chance to go so far as their desires and God-given capacity will take them.

You see, I imagine in the potential for this nation. 

We’re at all times trying forward. 

Forward to an America that’s freer and extra simply.

Forward to an America that creates jobs with dignity and respect. 

Forward to an America that cures illness — like most cancers and Alzheimers. 

Forward to an America that by no means leaves anybody behind.

Forward to an America that by no means offers up, by no means offers in.

This can be a nice nation. 

And we’re an excellent individuals. 

That is america of America. 

And there has by no means been something we haven’t been in a position to do after we’ve accomplished it collectively.

Within the final days of the marketing campaign, I’ve been excited about a hymn which means quite a bit to me and to my household, significantly my deceased son Beau. It captures the religion that sustains me and which I imagine sustains America. 

And I hope it could present some consolation and solace to the greater than 230,000 households who’ve misplaced a beloved one to this horrible virus this 12 months. My coronary heart goes out to every one in every of you. Hopefully this hymn offers you solace as effectively.

“And He’ll increase you up on eagle’s wings,

Bear you on the breath of daybreak, 

Make you to shine just like the solar, 

And maintain you within the palm of His Hand.”

And now, collectively — on eagle’s wings — we embark on the work that God and historical past have known as upon us to do. 

With full hearts and regular arms, with religion in America and in one another, with a love of nation — and a thirst for justice — allow us to be the nation that we all know we could be.

A nation united.

A nation strengthened.

A nation healed.

America of America. 

God bless you. 

And should God shield our troops.

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