WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden says he’s ‘honored and humbled’ by White House victory, and called for the nation to ‘unite” and ‘heal.’
Addressing the nation in their first speeches since victory, the President-elect and Vice President-elect sough to unify and celebrate a new chapter.
“You chose hope, and unity, decency, science and yes — truth,” said Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. “I pledge to be a President who seeks not to divide, but to unify,” said President-elect Joe Biden.
Biden clinched the White House with a victory in Pennsylvania, the state where he was born. He will be the 46th president of the United States.
In his speech Saturday night, given from Delaware, Biden recognized the historic win for Harris as the first woman, black woman, woman from south-Asian decent and the first daughter of immigrants, to be elected. “Don’t tell me it’s not possible in the United States,” he said of the California senator’s win. “It’s long overdue and tonight we’re reminded of those who have worked so long and so hard to make this happen.”
“What a testament it is to Joe’s character that he had the audacity to break one of the most substantial barriers that exists in our country and select a woman as his vice president,” said Harris. “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will certainly not be the last.”
Biden also acknowledged the significance of having Jill Biden as America’s first lady. “For American educators, this is a great day for y’all,” he said, as a nod to her experience. “You’re going to have one of your own in the White House.”
He also spoke of the coronavirus, and the need for a plan to control the rising number of cases across the country. “We cannot repair the economy, restore our vitality, or relish life’s most precious moments — hugging a grandchild, birthdays, weddings, graduations, all the moments that matter most to us — until we get this virus under control,” Biden said.
Mainly, the two sought to unify the country. Biden directly addressed supporters of President Trump.
“Let’s give each other a chance. It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, listen to each other again, see each other again. It’s time to stop treating our opponents as our enemies,” Biden said.