“This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve”.
Those were the first words pronounced by the democratic Joe Biden, the 46th President of the United States of America, during his Inauguration speech which took place on the past 20th January 2021. He is the oldest person to have assumed the office – he is 78 years old-, the second Catholic President and the first one whose home State is Delaware.
His election marks a strong change of course from the policies of his predecessor. Biden’s victory represents the victory of democracy (endangered by the latest violent attacks at Capitol Hill we have assisted) and not just the victory of a candidate or a party.
As he remembered during his speech, America is dealing with one of its most challenging and difficult periods in history: “a once in a century virus silently stalks the country” killing too many people, millions of them lost their jobs and thousands of businesses were forced to close. At the same time, there’s need for racial justice, for equality, something that, despite all the efforts and the progresses, seems too far yet. Our planet, too, is desperately crying for survival and now Americans need to fight and defeat political extremism, white supremacy and domestic terrorism.
The answer to all these challenges comes out from “the most elusive of things in a democracy”: UNITY! That’s what Biden is seeking for, because as he said: “[…] The American story depends not on any of us, not on some of us, but on all of us. On “we the people” who seek a more perfect union”. He knows that it may seem foolish, but unity is crucial for peace: without it there’s only bitterness, fury and a state of chaos. He affirmed: “Politics need not be a raging fire destroying everything in its path. Every disagreement doesn’t have to be a cause for total war. And we must reject a culture in which facts themselves are manipulated and even manufactured.”
He desires to make America the leading force for good in the world and believes that things can change. And they actually changed: Kamala Harris became the first female vice-president, the first Afro-American and Asian-American vice-president and swore in alongside with Biden. She represents the new direction of the U.S politics and is considered as a symbol of hope and equality.
The President invited people to open up their souls, showing tolerance and humility: “[…] here is the thing about life: there is no accounting for what fate will deal you”.
Biden also sent a message to the other nations: America has become stronger after being tested and he’ll try to repair alliances, engaging with the world once again.
He prayed for those who lost their lives, for those people they left behind and for all America.
With Biden presidency U.S. are ready to track a new path, “the road not taken”, hoping to overcome all the difficulties and forget the mistakes of the past. The newly elected President, for his part, has already started working to provide for a brighter future and, indeed, he signed 17 executive orders in the first two days of his presidency. He re-joined Paris Climate Agreement, ended the state of national emergency at the border with Mexico and re-joined the World Health Organization, giving a strong signal of global cooperation and distancing himself and his country from Trump’s previous decisions.
I hope that this is just the start of a new and better era for the U.S and the entire world, too.
My best wishes, President and… good luck!