Joe Biden delivers a Thanksgiving address
President-elect Joe Biden delivered a Thanksgiving address from Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday.
soul of the nation. Faith, courage, sacrifice, service to country service to each other and gratitude, even in the face of servers, have long been part of what Thanksgiving means in America. You know, looking back over our history, you see that it's been in the most difficult circumstances that the soul of our nation has been forged. And now we find ourselves again facing a long, hard winter. We fought nearly year long battle with the virus that has devastated this nation, has brought us pain and loss and frustration. It has cost so many lives. 260,000 Americans and counting is divided US. Angered us, set us against one. I know the country has grown weary of the fight. We need to remember we're at war with the virus, not with one another, not with each other. This is the moment where we need to steal our spines, redouble our efforts and recommit ourselves to the fight. Let's remember, we're all in this together. Sounds trite to say, but we're all in this together. For so many of us, it's hard to hear this fight isn't over. We still have months this battle ahead of us For those who've lost a loved one. I know that this time of year could be especially difficulty. Believe me. I know. I remember that first Thanksgiving, the empty chair of silence. Take your breath away. It's really hard to care. It's hard to give thanks. It's hard to even think of looking forward. It's so hard to hope, I understand. Can be thinking and praying for each and every one of you this Thanksgiving at your Thanksgiving table. Because we've been there this year, we're asking America's to forego so many of the traditions that we've long made this holiday, which made it so special for our families. For 40 such years, 40 some years we've had a tradition. I'm traveling over Thanksgiving tradition that we've kept every year save One year our son Beau died. But this year we'll be staying home. We've always had a big family gatherings, Thanksgiving, kids, grandkids, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters on Mawr with the Bidens. The days around Thanksgiving has always been a time to remember all we had to be grateful for at a time to begin to think about Christmas and begin even to do the Christmas list. But this year because we care so much for each other. We're gonna be having a separate Thanksgiving for Jill, and I will be at our home in Delaware with our daughter and our son in law. Rest of the family will be doing the same thing in small groups, so I know I know how hard it is to forgo family traditions, but it's so very important. Our country is in the middle of a dramatic spike in cases. We're now averaging 160,000 new cases a day. No, we'll be surprised if we hit 200,000 cases in a single day, many local health systems at risk of being overwhelmed. That's the plain and simple truth. Nothing made up. It's really and I believe you always deserve to hear the truth here. The truth from your president. We have to try to slow the growth of this virus. We owe it to the doctors and the nurses and other frontline workers care workers who have risked their lives some lost their lives, put so much on the line in the heroic battle in this virus against it for so long. You know, we owe that to our fellow citizens who need access the hospital beds care to fight this disease. We owe it to one another. It's literally are patriotic duties Americans. It means wearing a mask. Keeping social distancing, limiting the size of any group were in until we have a vaccine thes the most effective tools to combat the virus. Starting on Day one of my presidency, we will take steps that will change the course of this disease. MAWR testing. We'll find people with cases and get them away from one another, slowing the number of infections, more protective gear for businesses in our schools. To do the same, Reducing the number of cases clear guidance will get more businesses and more schools open. We all have a role to play in beating this crisis. The federal government has vast powers to combat the virus, and I commit to you. I will use all of those powers the lead, a national coordinated response. But but the federal government can't do this alone. Each of us has a responsibility in our own lives. Do what we can do to slow the virus. Every decision we make matters, every decision we make and save lives. None of these steps We're asking people to take our political statements. Everyone is based on science. Riel science. Now the good news is there has been significant record breaking progress made recently in developing a vaccine, and several of these vaccines look extraordinarily effective. It happens that we're on track for the first immunization to begin by late December early January. Then we'll need to put in place the distribution plan to get the entire country immunized as soon as possible, which we will do. But it's gonna take time. I'm hoping the news of the vaccine will serve as an incentive to every American to take these simple steps to get control of the virus. There's really hope, tangible hope. So hang on. Don't let yourself surrender to the fatigue, which I understand it. Israel fatigue. I know we can, and we will beat this virus. America is not gonna lose this war. We'll get our lives back. Life is going to return to normal. I promise you, this will happen. This will not last forever. So, yes, it's been a really hard year, particularly hard for over 250 0 people in their families. But I still believe we have much to be thankful for. There's so much to hopeful, much to build on, much to dream up. Here's America I see. And I believe it's the American You CIA's well, America that faces fax America that overcomes challenges in America that way seek justice and equality for all people. America's holds fast to the conviction that out of paying comes possibility. Out of frustration comes progress and out of division unity. You all know in our finest hours that's who we've always been. That's what we shall be again for. I believe that this grim season division demonization is going to give way to a year of light and immunity. Why do I think so? Because America is a nation not of adversaries but of neighbors not of limitations but of possibilities not of dreams deferred but of dreams realized. I've said many times that this is a great country. We're a good people. This is the United States of America. There's never been anything we've been unable to do when we've done it together. Think of what we come through as a nation, how many things we've come through centuries of human enslavement, cataclysmic Civil war. Exclusion of women from the battle box. World Wars Jim Crow belong twilight struggle against Soviet tyranny that could have ended not in the fall of the Berlin Wall but a nuclear Armageddon. Look, I'm not naive. I know the history is just that history. But to know what came before would come before what's happened before can help arm us against despair, knowing that previous generations got through the same universal human challenges that we face the tension between selfishness and generosity, between fear and hope, between division and unity And what what was it that brought the reality of America into closer alignment with the promise of reality, Justice and prosperity? Sounds corny, but it was love, plain and simple love of country, love of one another. We don't talk much about loving our politics. Political. The political ring is too loud, too angry, too heated to love. Our neighbor as ourselves is a radical act. It is what we're called to do. We must try for Onley in trying on Lian listening Onley in seeing ourselves is bound together and what Dr King called the mutual garment of destiny. Can we rise above two visions and truly heal. Look, we all know America is never perfect, but we've always tried toe fulfill the aspiration declaration of Independence that all people are created equal, created in the image of God that we've always sought to form a more perfect union. What should we give thanks for this season? Well, first, let's be thankful for democracy itself. Listen, in this last election, one that just took place, we've seen record numbers. Americans exercise the most sacred right that of the vote to register their will at the ballot box. Think about that in the middle of a pandemic. Mawr People voted this year than have ever voted in a history of the United States America. Over 150 million people cast a ballot simply extraordinary. Many, um, waiting in line. 5678 hours to vote. If you want to know what beats deep in the heart of America, it's this democracy the right to determine our lives, our government and our leaders right to be heard. Our democracy has tested this year. What we learned is this The people of this nation are up to the task In America we have full and fair and free elections. And then we honor the results. The people of this nation, the laws of the land won't stand for anything else. Through the vote, the noble ist instrument of nonviolent protests ever conceived. We remained a new and we're reminded a new that progress is possible that we, the people, we, the people, have the power to change, which Jefferson called the course of human events. With our hearts on our hands and our voices today, we could be better than yesterday. Tomorrow we can be still better than that day. You know, we should be thankful to that America is a covenant unfolding story. We have what we need to create prosperity, opportunity, injustice. Americans have grit and generosity, a capacity for greatness and reservoirs of goodness. We have what it takes. Now we have to act. This is our moment. Ours together to write a newer, bolder, more compassionate chapter. The life of nation Work ahead is not gonna be easy. It will not be quick. You want solutions, not shouting reason not hyper partisanship light, not heat. You want us to hear one another again? See one another again. Respect one another again. You want Democrats and Republicans and independents to come together and work together. And that, my friends, is what I'm determined to do. Americans dream big. As hard as it may seem this Thanksgiving, we're going to dream big again. Our future is bright. The fact we've never been I've never been more optimistic about the future America than I am right now. I, honest to God, believe the 21st century is going to be an American century. We're gonna build an economy that leads the world. We're gonna lead the world by the power of our example, not just the example of our power. We're gonna lead the world on climate and save this planet. We're gonna find cures for cancer and Alzheimer's and diabetes. I promise you, we're gonna finally root out systemic racism in this country on this Thanksgiving in anticipation of all the Thanksgiving is to come. Let's dream again. Let's committee let's commit ourselves to thinking not only of ourselves, but of others as well. For if we care for one another, if we open our arms rather than brandishing our fist, we can, with the help of God, heal. And if we do And I'm sure we can. We can proclaim promised with the promise Who wrote these following words? The Lord is my strength and my shield And with my song I give thanks to him I give thanks now for you With the trust you placed in me together will lift our voices in the coming months and years And our song shall be off Lives saved Reaches repaired A nation made whole again Folks from the Biden family to yours wherever and however you may be celebrated We wish you a happy Thanksgiving. May God bless you. May God protect our troops. Happy taste, kid. What was coming? Funny way. Yeah.