President Biden proclaimed a National Unity Day in one of his first acts as the new President of the United States.
Here is the text of the proclamation to PoliticusUSA:
I am humble before God and my fellow Americans to take the sacred oath of the President of our beloved land.
Today we celebrate the triumph of democracy after an election that saw more Americans vote than ever before in our nation's history, and where the will of the people was heard and respected.
We do this at a moment of great danger and promise to our nation. A deadly pandemic in a century. A historical and worsening economic crisis. Has been demanding racial justice for around 400 years. A climate crisis with violence and anger. We are also feeling the rise in political extremism and domestic terrorism that was unleashed a few days ago on our Capitol, the Citadel of Freedom, but is brewing long before that, which we must face and defeat.
But at that terrible moment, democracy prevailed. On this day we have our sights set on the nation that we know we can and must. I am honored to do this with Vice President Kamala Harris, the first woman to take the oath to serve in elected national office and who will not be the last. Together we know that it takes the beating heart of a democracy to meet the challenges before us all and restore the soul of America: unity.
With unity we can save lives and defeat this pandemic. We can better rebuild our economy and get everyone involved. We can correct injustice and eradicate systemic racism in our country. We can face the climate crisis with American jobs and ingenuity. We can protect our democracy by seeing ourselves not as opponents but as fellow Americans. In order for the world to see, we can lead with unity not only by the example of our power, but by the force of our example.
As we begin the hard work, I pray that this moment will give us the strength to rebuild our home on a rock that can never be washed away. And as in the prayer of St. Francis, where there is dissension, union; where there is doubt, belief, where there is darkness, light.
On this inauguration day, I take an oath to be president of all Americans and ask every American to join me on this democratic cause. May this be the story that unites us as fellow Americans and as United States of America.
Therefore, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, hereby declare by the authority conferred on me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, January 20th, 2021, a national holiday of unity and appeal to the people of ours Nation to unite and write the next story of our democracy – an American story of decency and dignity, of love and healing, of greatness and goodness.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I laid my hand on it on January twentieth, the year of our Lord two thousand and twenty and the independence of the United States of America, two hundred and forty-five.
It's a new day in America as much of the country's culture starts at the top. Joe Biden tries to eradicate the toxicity and ugliness that has invaded every corner of American culture. A presidential administration cannot do everything on its own, but if they set a good example they can influence the tone.
Biden's proclamation of a day of national unity is more than symbolic. It's a statement about the kind of change Joe Biden wants to bring to America.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association