New period: Biden requires finish to ‘uncivil struggle’

New Delhi, January 20

Joe Biden’s first speech after taking over as the 46th President of the United States was aimed at unifying the nation after a divisive election as well as telling the wider world that America will engage with the world once again.

America, he declared, will be a trusted partner for peace and security for the rest of the world while appealing to his domestic constituents to “end this uncivil war”.

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“Tonight, the whole world is watching America. I believe at our best, America is a beacon for the globe. And we lead not by the example of our power, but by the power of our example,” he declared.

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Seeking to set the record straight after Donald Trump refused to concede, Biden pointed out that he had won with the most votes ever cast for a presidential ticket in American history — 74 million. The voters “have delivered us a clear victory. A convincing victory,” he underlined.

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His first priority was assembling a group of scientists to evolve an action plan to deal with the pandemic.

Joe Biden takes oath as 46th US President as his wife holds the Bible in Washington DC. Reuters

He called for healing and cooperation between political opponents while hailing Vice-President Kamala Harris “who will make history as the first woman, first Black woman, first woman of South Asian descent, and first daughter of immigrants ever elected to national office in this country”. He also thanked the African-American community for repeatedly supporting him, even during “those moments when this campaign was at its lowest”.

To Trump’s supporters, Biden said he understood their disappointment. “I’ve lost a couple of elections myself. But now, let’s give each other a chance. It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric. To make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy. We are not enemies. We are Americans.” Biden pledged to be a President who seeks to unify. “Who doesn’t see Red and Blue states, but a United States. And will work with all my heart to win the confidence of the whole people. For that is what America is about: the people. And that is what our administration will be about,” he promised. Biden said he would attempt an economic revival and improve health care. — TNS

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