The time has come to “heal”. That’s the word Joe Biden used in his first speech as the 46th President-elect of the United States of America, not yet in office. Saturday night in Wilmington, it was around 8:45 p.m. local time, or 2:45 a.m. in France, when the former vice-president of Barack Obama claimed “a convincing victory” after four days of suspense.
Getting out of his car, Joe Biden ran to the scene of his first speech. A trick he used several times to deflect the taunts about his age. At 77, he will still be the oldest president in United States history at the start of his term on January 20. Wearing a black mask, the winning Democratic nominee joined Kamala Harris on stage, to a song by Bruce Springsteen.
A crisis unit on Covid-19
Over 350 cars were gathered in front of the stage, and thousands of supporters were outside the large parking lot where the stage was set up. Designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, these gatherings carried the message of a candidate who has placed the fight against the pandemic at the center of his program. Joe Biden has also announced that he will set up a Covid-19 crisis unit on Monday.
“I pledge to be a president who unites and not who divides”, he launched, a president “who does not see the red states and the blue states, who sees only the United States”.
“To all of you who voted for President Trump, I understand the disappointment this evening. I myself have lost several times. But now let’s see, let’s talk, let’s give ourselves a chance, ”he insisted, to the sound of enthusiastic horns. “It’s time to put aside the harsh rhetoric, to listen to yourself again.” It is “time to heal the wounds” of the country and to put an end to “demonizations”. But he was speaking to Trump’s voters, and he did not have a word for his Republican opponent who persists in refusing the judgment of the ballot box, relying on that of justice.
He also praised the “broad and diverse coalition” that applied, paying tribute to the African Americans who played a central role in his victory.
“You have chosen hope and unity”
Before him, Kamala Harris, the black senator from California and future vice-president, paid tribute to the “generations of women”, of all origins, who “paved the way” for her and thanked Joe Biden for the “audacity” of Joe Biden who by choosing her “broke one of the most important barriers”. The former judge, a late-comer in politics, wore a white suit, a reference to the suffragists elected Democrats had already used during a Trump State of the Union speech, to show the rise of the women in politics.
Addressing voters, she praised their choice: “You have chosen hope and unity, decency, science. And yes, the truth. You have chosen Joe Biden as the next President of the United States ”.
A fireworks shot concluded the evening, the number “46” inscribed in the sky over Wilmington: Joe Biden will become the 46th President of the United States. Their families then joined them on stage, masked.
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