(WLAX/WEUX) – The overarching theme of the new president’s inaugural address was unity. FOX News White House Correspondent Kristin Fisher takes a closer look at the speech from the White House.
Biden said, “My whole soul is in this. Bringing America together, uniting our people, uniting our nation, and I ask every American to join me in this cause.”
President Joe Biden making a direct appeal to the 74 million Americans who voted for his predecessor.
Biden said, “Hear me out as we move forward. Take a measure of me and my heart. If you still disagree, so be it. That’s democracy.”
The 46th president had promised to make unity the central theme of his inaugural address, and it was, but there were few specifics about how he intends to truly bring together a deeply divided nation.
President Biden never mentioned his predecessor by name or a possible impeachment trial. He never, as the wall street journal editorial board had suggested, spoke “out against the burgeoning progressive desire to punish, blacklist, and censor the political opposition, and just a few hours later, he issued 17 executive actions to reverse many of his predecessors’ signature policies.
Biden said, “We have much to do in this winter of peril and significant possibilities, much to repair, much to restore.”
President Biden acknowledged he is assuming office at one of the most difficult times in American history, from “a once-in-a-century virus” to the economic crisis and the deep domestic divisions laid bare two weeks ago when rioters stormed the capitol on the exact steps where the president delivered his inaugural address.
“Democracy is fragile. At this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed,” said Biden.
With the peaceful transfer of power complete, attention turns to the new president’s agenda. In the address, he was light on details about what he hopes to accomplish during his first 100 days in office, but he did reference two issues that he believes the previous administration neglected. Racial inequality and climate change.
Biden said, “The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer.”
So, now comes the first real test for this new administration. After the address, what action does President Biden take to prove that his calls for unity are more than just words? At the White House, Kristin Fisher, FOX News.