America looked the other way on Tuesday night when Donald Trump released his farewell address to the country and instead turned to Joe Biden as he landed in Washington DC ahead of his inauguration.
When Biden was on the scene, he immediately demonstrated the kind of leadership Trump has not wanted or been able to show in the past four years, especially after the nation was decimated by a virus that has now claimed over 400,000 lives.
At a memorial to honor all of the lives lost in the pandemic, Biden reminded the country what it is like to have a president who can show real human emotions.
“In order to heal, we have to remember,” said Biden. “Sometimes it’s hard to remember, but that’s how we heal. That’s important as a nation. “
President-elect Joe Biden: “In order to heal, we must remember … It is important to do this as a nation … between sunset and dusk let us shine the lights in the darkness along the sacred pool of reflection and remember all that we have lost. “
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– CSPAN (@cspan) January 19, 2021
I mean this from the bottom of my heart: if there are angels in heaven, they are all nurses. We know from family experience the courage and pain you absorb for others – so thank you. Many Thanks. … In order to heal, we have to remember. And sometimes it’s hard to remember. But that’s how we heal. It’s important to do that as a nation. That’s why we’re here today. Between sunset and dusk, let’s shine the lights in the dark along the sacred pool reflection, remembering all we lost.
A simple but important moment for the country
In the past year, the United States has suffered so many losses – whether it is hundreds of thousands of people killed in the pandemic or millions of people who are unemployed and struggling to get through.
This suffering was only compounded by the fact that America was led by a man who refused to acknowledge the pain the country was feeling. Trump wasn’t even able to take care of it.
What Joe Biden did on Tuesday night was easy, but it was also important. He showed Americans that he understands their pain and will work to bring a troubled country together.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.