PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — President-elect Joe Biden made a plea for unity in his Thanksgiving address to the country, a mix of consolation for the hardships of the coronavirus pandemic and optimism for the future.
He maintained a somber but hopeful tone as he acknowledged the stress of a nearly year-long battle against COVID-19.
“I know the country has grown weary of the fight, but we need to remember we’re at a war with a virus, not with each other.
“I know we can and we will beat this virus. … Life is going to return to normal. That will happen. This will not last forever. This has been a hard year, but I still believe we have much to be thankful for. Much to hope for. Much to build upon. Much to dream of.”
At every turn, he stressed the need to heal divisions, saying that’s what all Americans want.
“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 us — Democrats and Republicans and independents — to come together and work together. And that, my friends, is what I’m determined to do.”
Biden emphasized America’s future is bright.
“I believe the 21st century is going to be an American century. We are going to build an economy that leads the world. We are going to lead the world on climate and save the planet. We are going to find cures for cancer and Alzheimer’s and diabetes. And, we are going to finally root out systemic racism in our country.
“Together, we will lift our voices in the coming months and years, and our song shall be of lives saved, breaches repaired, and a nation made whole.”
He is spending a quiet holiday in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, with his wife and daughter.