Joe Biden accepted the nomination to become the 46th President of thecUnited states last night with a career defining his speech.
Fans and supporters had pulled up in their cars giving the venue the feel of 1950s drive-in movie theater, flashing their lights with some climbing on the hood of their vehicles to cheer and wave Americans flags. They were all socially distant, yet for the first time in five months, the Democrats’ enthusiasm was on full display, along with the sense of community that is so rare in these times. Standing on an outdoor stage with an enormous flag as the backdrop Biden said,
“The current President has cloaked America in darkness for much too long. Too much anger. Too much fear. Too much division.
Here and now, I give you my word: If you entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us, not the worst. I will be an ally of the light, not of the darkness. It’s time for us, for We the People, to come together.
Make no mistake. United we can, and will, overcome this season of darkness in America. We will choose hope over fear, facts over fiction, fairness over privilege. History has thrust one more urgent task on us,” he said. “Will we be the generation that finally wipes the stain of racism from our national character?”
Biden’s s voice broke only once, when he remembered his son Beau, who died of brain cancer in 2015.
He said that America is engulfed in a “perfect storm” of four simultaneous crises: the worst pandemic in 100 years, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the most compelling call for racial justice since the Civil Rights Era and the climate crisis.
“Our current President has failed in his most basic duty to the nation. He has failed to protect us, he has failed to protect America.
This is not a partisan moment. This must be an American moment.”
The President keeps telling us the virus is going to disappear. He keeps waiting for a miracle. Well, I have news for him: no miracle is coming. We lead the world in confirmed cases. We lead the world in deaths. Our economy is in tatters, with Black, Latino, Asian American and Native American communities bearing the brunt of it.
“After all this time, the President still does not have a plan. Well, I do.
This is our moment to make hope and history rhyme. For love is more powerful than hate. Hope is more powerful than fear. Light is more powerful than dark.
This is our moment. This is our mission.”
It is with great honor and humility that I accept this nomination for President of the United States of America.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 21, 2020