Author: Linda

Biden’s First Presidential Speech

Biden's First Presidential Speech

Calmes: Happy birthday, Mr. President. Will you run again?

Biden: Of course, I can’t help it if the people want me to.

Caliens: But we really think you should not.

Biden: No, people are really, really frustrated.

Caliens: We know you can handle the work.

Biden: But you’re right. I can’t handle it.

Caliens: We know you’re a good kid and a good husband.

Biden: I’ve given you a lot… a lot to hold on to, you didn’t have a great life with your mom anyway, and you’re so pretty. But I am sorry. I have to go.

Caliens: Mr. President—

Biden: I’ll see you at home when I get home.


It had taken months of preparation for this, the first big presidential speech of the year to try to communicate his vision for the country following his presidential term. It was a tall order, as Biden himself would say, and he had had to be creative in his speechwriting and his delivery—for instance, his own speech was written as the president of the United States, not as a governor, even in the most informal of remarks delivered in front of his home state of Delaware. And the words were carefully chosen, from the very beginning, to ensure that they were well above the fray.

But as the final hours of the speech passed, they had begun to feel true. Biden’s words had been well received by the audience, and more importantly, they had struck at the heart of why many people were looking for a leader like him. Biden had delivered a message to a very, very different audience: people who’d endured the 2008 recession, who were wary of the rise of the Tea Party, who were disillusioned with the Republican Party. And those words, delivered in front of the most hallowed of American institutions, were as much a declaration of hope as they were of anger: hope that there was a path forward that could bring America back from its greatest economic challenges and a path that could

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