Joe Biden delivered his first speech to the nation Saturday evening after being projected to become president-elect of the United States.
Biden sought to unify the nation together with his speech, calling for therapeutic and cooperation between political opponents as President Donald Trump has continued to refuse to concede.
He additionally laid out his first priorities, asserting he would assemble a group of scientists to come up with a plan to tackle the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and be able to deploy it on the day of his inauguration.
He additionally thanked the African-American neighborhood for repeatedly supporting him, even throughout “these moments when this marketing campaign was at its lowest.”
Right here is the complete textual content of the speech from Wilmington, Delaware, as ready for supply:
My fellow Individuals, the individuals of this nation have spoken.
They’ve delivered us a transparent victory. A convincing victory.
A victory for “We the Individuals.”
We now have received with essentially the most votes ever forged for a presidential ticket within the historical past of this nation — 74 million.
I’m humbled by the belief and confidence you’ve positioned in me.
I pledge to be a President who seeks to not divide, however to unify.
Who does not see Crimson and Blue states, however a United States.
And who will work with all my coronary heart to win the arrogance of the entire individuals.
For that’s what America is about: The individuals.
And that’s what our Administration can be about.
I sought this workplace to revive the soul of America.
To rebuild the spine of the nation — the center class.
To make America revered all over the world once more and to unite us right here at dwelling.
It’s the honor of my lifetime that so many thousands and thousands of Individuals have voted for this imaginative and prescient.
And now the work of constructing this imaginative and prescient actual is the duty of our time.
As I stated many occasions earlier than, I am Jill’s husband.
I’d not be right here with out the love and tireless help of Jill, Hunter, Ashley, all of our grandchildren and their spouses, and all our household.
They’re my coronary heart.
Jill’s a mother — a navy mother — and an educator.
She has devoted her life to schooling, however educating is not simply what she does — it is who she is. For America’s educators, it is a nice day: You are going to have one among your personal within the White Home, and Jill goes to make a fantastic First Girl.
And I can be honored to be serving with a implausible vice chairman — Kamala Harris — who will make historical past as the primary girl, first Black girl, first girl of South Asian descent, and first daughter of immigrants ever elected to nationwide workplace on this nation.
It is lengthy overdue, and we’re reminded tonight of all those that fought so arduous for thus a few years to make this occur. However as soon as once more, America has bent the arc of the ethical universe in direction of justice.
Kamala, Doug — prefer it or not — you are household. You have change into honorary Bidens and there is no manner out.
To all those that volunteered, labored the polls in the course of this pandemic, native election officers — you deserve a particular thanks from this nation.
To my marketing campaign workforce, and all of the volunteers, to all those that gave a lot of themselves to make this second doable, I owe you all the things.
And to all those that supported us: I’m happy with the marketing campaign we constructed and ran. I’m happy with the coalition we put collectively, the broadest and most various in historical past.
Democrats, Republicans and Independents.
Progressives, moderates and conservatives.
Younger and previous.
City, suburban and rural.
Homosexual, straight, transgender.
White. Latino. Asian. Native American.
And particularly for these moments when this marketing campaign was at its lowest — the African American neighborhood stood up once more for me. They all the time have my again, and I am going to have yours.
I stated from the outset I needed a marketing campaign that represented America, and I believe we did that. Now that is what I would like the administration to appear to be.
And to those that voted for President Trump, I perceive your disappointment tonight.
I’ve misplaced a few elections myself.
However now, let’s give one another an opportunity.
It is time to put away the cruel rhetoric.
To decrease the temperature.
To see one another once more.
To hear to one another once more.
To make progress, we should cease treating our opponents as our enemy.
We’re not enemies. We’re Individuals.
The Bible tells us that to all the things there’s a season — a time to construct, a time to reap, a time to sow. And a time to heal.
That is the time to heal in America.
Now that the marketing campaign is over — what’s the individuals’s will? What’s our mandate?
I consider it’s this: Individuals have known as on us to marshal the forces of decency and the forces of equity. To marshal the forces of science and the forces of hope within the nice battles of our time.
The battle to regulate the virus.
The battle to construct prosperity.
The battle to safe your loved ones’s well being care.
The battle to attain racial justice and root out systemic racism on this nation.
The battle to save lots of the local weather.
The battle to revive decency, defend democracy, and provides all people on this nation a good shot.
Our work begins with getting COVID underneath management.
We can’t restore the financial system, restore our vitality, or relish life’s most valuable moments — hugging a grandchild, birthdays, weddings, graduations, all of the moments that matter most to us — till we get this virus underneath management.
On Monday, I’ll title a bunch of main scientists and consultants as Transition Advisors to assist take the Biden-Harris COVID plan and convert it into an motion blueprint that begins on January twentieth, 2021.
That plan can be constructed on a bedrock of science. It will likely be constructed out of compassion, empathy, and concern.
I’ll spare no effort — or dedication — to show this pandemic round.
I ran as a proud Democrat. I’ll now be an American president. I’ll work as arduous for individuals who did not vote for me — as those that did.
Let this grim period of demonization in America start to finish — right here and now.
The refusal of Democrats and Republicans to cooperate with each other just isn’t as a result of some mysterious pressure past our management.
It is a determination. It is a alternative we make.
And if we will determine to not cooperate, then we will determine to cooperate. And I consider that that is a part of the mandate from the American individuals. They need us to cooperate.
That is the selection I am going to make. And I name on the Congress — Democrats and Republicans alike — to make that alternative with me.
The American story is in regards to the sluggish, but regular widening of alternative.
Make no mistake: Too many desires have been deferred for too lengthy.
We should make the promise of the nation actual for everyone — irrespective of their race, their ethnicity, their religion, their identification, or their incapacity.
America has all the time been formed by inflection factors — by moments in time the place we have made arduous choices about who we’re and what we wish to be.
Lincoln in 1860 — coming to save lots of the Union.
FDR in 1932 — promising a beleaguered nation a New Deal.
JFK in 1960 — pledging a New Frontier.
And twelve years in the past — when Barack Obama made historical past — and advised us, “Sure, we will.”
We stand once more at an inflection level.
We now have the chance to defeat despair and to construct a nation of prosperity and goal.
We are able to do it. I do know we will.
I’ve lengthy talked in regards to the battle for the soul of America.
We should restore the soul of America.
Our nation is formed by the fixed battle between our higher angels and our darkest impulses.
It’s time for our higher angels to prevail.
Tonight, the entire world is watching America. I consider at our greatest America is a beacon for the globe.
And we lead not by the instance of our energy, however by the ability of our instance.
I’ve all the time believed we will outline America in a single phrase: Prospects.
That in America everybody needs to be given the chance to go so far as their desires and God-given skill will take them.
You see, I consider in the potential for this nation.
We’re all the time trying forward.
Forward to an America that is freer and extra simply.
Forward to an America that creates jobs with dignity and respect.
Forward to an America that cures illness — like most cancers and Alzheimers.
Forward to an America that by no means leaves anybody behind.
Forward to an America that by no means provides up, by no means provides in.
This can be a nice nation.
And we’re a great individuals.
That is america of America.
And there has by no means been something we’ve not been capable of do once we’ve achieved it collectively.
Within the final days of the marketing campaign, I have been fascinated by a hymn which means so much to me and to my household, significantly my deceased son Beau. It captures the religion that sustains me and which I consider sustains America.
And I hope it could possibly present some consolation and solace to the greater than 230,000 households who’ve misplaced a cherished one to this horrible virus this yr. My coronary heart goes out to each one among you. Hopefully this hymn provides you solace as effectively.
“And He’ll elevate you up on eagle’s wings,
Bear you on the breath of daybreak,
Make you to shine just like the solar,
And maintain you within the palm of His Hand.”
And now, collectively — on eagle’s wings — we embark on the work that God and historical past have known as upon us to do.
With full hearts and regular fingers, with religion in America and in one another, with a love of nation — and a thirst for justice — allow us to be the nation that we all know we could be.
A nation united.
A nation strengthened.
A nation healed.
The USA of America.
God bless you.
And should God shield our troops.