I’ve been reflecting on Joe Biden’s inaugural speech, and the entire inaugural event really, for the past week or so. And it got me wondering: what would I put in my own inaugural speech or poem for 2021? What would I include in it or exclude from it? If I were offered an opportunity to address the nation at this specific time in history, what would I say?
What about you? If you were afforded the opportunity to address the nation right now, in a widely televised event that a majority of citizens and the rest of the world were watching, what would you say? What would be in the text of your speech or inaugural poem?
Yesterday, I shared my thoughts on President Joe Biden’s inaugural address. Below are my annotations to the excerpts I highlighted yesterday, which I think are worth remembering and discussing at greater length.
Joe Biden’s inaugural address was one filled with sincere hope and held a sincere call for unity. And it also offered a realistic view of the challenges that Americans face today and the road we now have before us.
Here are a few lines from the address that struck me as important to remember for many years to come. Today I just want to reflect on them and what they mean. Tomorrow, I’ll offer some annotations.