President Joe Biden delivers his inaugural address | FULL SPEECH
46th US President called on compatriots to unite
Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Sumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence!
My esteemed guests, my fellow Americans!
This is America’s day. This is a day of democracy, a day of history and hope, renewal and determination. In the crucible of centuries, America again had to go through the test, and America accepted this challenge. Today we celebrate a triumph, but not a candidate, but deeds – deeds of democracy. The people, the will of the people were heard, and they listened to the will of the people.
We have learned again that democracy is something valuable, that democracy is fragile, and at this hour, my friends, democracy has triumphed. And now, in this sacred territory, where only a few days ago violence tried to shake the very foundation of the Capitol, we have gathered as one country under God, indivisible, to effect a peaceful transfer of power, as we have done for more than two centuries..
Looking ahead, in our unique American style, restless, bold, optimistic, we turn our gaze to the country we know we can and should be..
I thank my bipartisan predecessors for being here today. I thank them from the bottom of my heart. And I know the steadfastness of our Constitution and the strength of our country, as their President [Jimmy] Carter, with whom I spoke last night, and who cannot be with us today, but whom we salute for his lifelong service, does..
I just made a sacred oath that each of these patriots took. The Oath First Made by George Washington. But American history does not depend on one of us, not on some of us, but on all of us. From people who strive for a more perfect union. This is a great country and we are a wonderful people. Over the centuries of storms and strife, in war and peace, we have come a long way. And we have a long way to go.
We will push forward quickly and with determination as we have a lot to do in this winter of threats and significant opportunities. Much to do, much to heal, much to restore, much to build, and much to gain. Few in the history of our country have faced such problems or considered their time more complicated and difficult than the time in which we live. The virus, which appears once a century, silently pursues the country and took as many lives in one year as it did in the entire Second World War..
Millions of jobs have been lost. Hundreds of thousands of enterprises were closed. We are driven by a 400-year-old call for racial justice. The fulfillment of the dream of justice for all will no longer be delayed. The call for survival comes from the planet itself, a call that couldn’t be more desperate and clear-cut than it is now. The rise of political extremism, the idea of white supremacy, domestic terrorism, which we must fight and which we will defeat.
To overcome these difficulties, restore the soul and protect America’s future, words alone are not enough. What is needed is the most elusive thing in democracy — unity. Unity. On New Year’s Eve, January 1, 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Putting down his pen on paper, the President said: “If my name will go down in history, it will be thanks to this act. It contains my whole soul “.
On this January day, my whole soul is in this. My whole soul. Unite America, unite our people, unite our country. I ask every American to join me in this endeavor. Unite to fight the enemies we face – anger, resentment and hatred. Extremism, lawlessness, violence, illness, unemployment and hopelessness.
Having united, we are capable of great deeds, important deeds. We can correct mistakes, give people good jobs, teach our children in safe schools. We can overcome a deadly virus, restore employment, rebuild the middle class and make jobs secure, we can ensure racial justice and make America a leading force in the world again and forever..
I know that talking about unity these days may seem like a silly fantasy to some. I know that the forces that separate us are deep and real. But I also know they are not new. Our story has been a constant struggle between the American ideal – that we are all created equal – and the harsh ugly reality – that racism, nationalism, and fear are tearing us apart. This battle is eternal, and victory in it is never unshakable..
During the Civil War, the Great Depression, World War II, September 11, in the struggle, despite the sacrifices and setbacks, our “best angels” have always won. At any given time, there were enough people among us to move us forward, and we can do it now. History, faith and reason show the way. The path of unity.
We can see in each other not an enemy, but a neighbor. We can treat each other with dignity and respect. We can join forces, stop screaming and lower the degree. Because without unity there is no peace, only bitterness and rage, no progress, only exhausting indignation. There is no country, only a state of chaos. This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge. And unity is the way forward. We must meet this moment as the United States of America.
If we do this, then I guarantee that we will not fail. We in America have never, never, never failed when we acted together. So today, at this time and in this place, let’s start all over again, we are all. Let’s start listening to each other again, hearing each other, seeing each other. Show respect for each other. Politics does not have to be a raging fire destroying everything in its path. Any disagreement should not be a pretext for all-out war, and we should reject a culture in which facts are manipulated or even fabricated..
My fellow Americans, we don’t have to be like that. We have to be better than this, and I believe America is much better than that. Just look around. We stand in the shadow of the Capitol dome. As mentioned, completed in the shadow of the Civil War. When the Union itself was literally hanging by a thread. We will endure, we will prevail. We stand and see the wonderful [National] Alley where Dr. [Martin Luther] King spoke of his dream.
We stand where 108 years ago, at another inauguration, thousands of demonstrators tried to block the brave women who fought for the right to vote. Today we celebrate the swearing-in of the first woman elected to the nationwide office, Vice President Kamala Harris. Don’t tell me that things can change. We stand in the place where heroes forever rest in peace, who gave themselves completely and to the end.
And we are standing in the place where just a few days ago the rioting crowd believed that it could by force stifle the will of the people, stop the work of our democracy, expel us from this sacred territory. This has not happened, this will never happen, not today, not tomorrow, never. Never.
I appeal to all those who have supported our campaign: I bow to the trust you have placed in us. To all those who did not support us, let me say the following. Listen to us as we move forward. Rate me and my heart.
If you still disagree, well, so be it. This is democracy. This is America. This is the right to peaceful disagreement. And the guiding rails of our democracy are perhaps the greatest strength of our country. If you can hear me clearly, then disagreement should not lead to separation. And I promise you this. I will be the president of all Americans, all Americans. I promise that I will fight for those who did not support me, as well as for those who did..
Many centuries ago Saint Augustine, a saint of my church, wrote that a people is a multitude, determined by the common objects of their love. The common objects of their love. What do we all love that defines us as Americans? I think we know that. These are opportunities, security, freedom, dignity, respect, honor and, yes, truth..
The last weeks and months have taught us a painful lesson. There is truth and there is a lie. Lies spoken for power and profit. And we each have a duty and responsibility as citizens, as Americans, and especially as leaders. Leaders who swear to honor our Constitution in the name of protecting our country. To defend the truth and defeat the lie.
I understand that many of my compatriots look to the future with fear and trepidation. I understand that they are worried about their work. I understand that they go to bed in the evening and think, looking at the ceiling: “Will I be able to keep my health insurance? Will I be able to pay off the mortgage? ” They think about their families, about what will happen next. I promise I understand that. But the solution is not to withdraw into yourself. To join competing factions. Do not trust those who are not like you, or do not worship like you, do not receive news from the same source as you.
We must end this uncivil war, which pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal. We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts, if we show a little tolerance and humility, and if we are willing to put ourselves in the shoes of another, as my mother would say. Just for a minute, imagine yourself in another’s place.
Because that’s what you can say about life. It doesn’t matter what fate you got. You need a helping hand at some point. At other times we are encouraged to lend a helping hand. This is how it should be, this is what we do for each other. And if we do this, our country will be stronger, more prosperous, more ready for the future. That being said, we may still have disagreements..
My fellow Americans, we will need each other in the work ahead. We need all the strength to survive this gloomy winter. We are entering perhaps the darkest and deadliest period of the virus. We must put politics aside and finally get to grips with this pandemic as one country. I promise you, as the Bible says: “In the evening there is crying, and in the morning there is joy.” We’ll get through this together. Together!
Friends, all of my colleagues I have worked with in the House of Representatives and the Senate are here, and we all understand that the world is watching us. Watching us today. Therefore, here is my message to those outside our borders. America has passed the test and we have become stronger. We will rebuild our alliances and interact with the world again. To answer not yesterday’s calls, but tomorrows. And we will lead not only by the example of our strength, but also by the strength of our example.
Friends, now is the time for testing. We are faced with an attack on our democracy, on the truth, with a violent virus, with burning injustice, systemic racism, the climate crisis. Any of these things would be enough to give us a serious challenge. But the fact is that we faced all of this at once, which placed one of the greatest responsibilities on our country. Now trials await us. Are we ready to perform?
It’s time to be bold because there is so much to do. And that’s for sure, I promise you. Our work, yours and mine, will be judged by how we handle this cascade of crises in our era. Will we be on top? Can we cope in this rare and difficult hour? Will we fulfill our obligations and leave a new, better world for our children? I believe we have to do it and I’m sure you think so too.
I believe we will write the next great chapter in the history of the United States of America. American history. A story that may sound like a song that means a lot to me. It’s called the American Anthem. There is one, especially significant, verse – at least for me.
“The labors and prayers of centuries have brought us to the present day. What will be our legacy? What will our children say? Let me know in my heart, when my days are over, America, America, that I gave you everything I could ”.
Let’s add our labors and prayers to the unfolding history of our great nation. If we do this, then when our days are past, our children and the children of our children will say about us: “They gave everything they could, they did their duty, they healed the scattered earth.”.
My fellow Americans, I conclude with what I began with a sacred oath. Before God and all of you, I give you my word. I will always be frank with you. I will defend the Constitution, I will defend our democracy.
I will defend America and will give everything to serve you. Thinking not about power, but about opportunities. Not about self-interest, but about the public good.
Together we will write an American story of hope, not fear. Unity, not disunity, light, not darkness. A story of decency and dignity, love and healing, greatness and goodness. Let this be the story to guide us. A story that will inspire us. A story that, centuries later, will tell us that we responded to the call of history, that we did not miss the moment. That democracy and hope, truth and justice did not die in our century, but flourished. That America has secured freedom at home and is once again a beacon to the world. This is what we are obliged to do for the sake of our ancestors, for the sake of each other and future generations..
Therefore, we take on these challenges of our time with determination and determination. Supported by faith, driven by conviction, and committed to each other and to the country we love with all our hearts.
God bless America and God protect our troops. Thanks America!
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