A Word From Our President

Joe Biden
(undated file photo)

I missed this last night:

It was nearly two weeks ago that Jill and I paid our respects to Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who laid in honor in the Rotunda after losing his life protecting the Capitol from a riotous, violent mob on January 6, 2021.

Today, 57 Senators – including a record 7 Republicans – voted to find former President Trump guilty for inciting that deadly insurrection on our very democracy. The Senate vote followed the bipartisan vote to impeach him by the House of Representatives. While the final vote did not lead to a conviction, the substance of the charge is not in dispute. Even those opposed to the conviction, like Senate Minority Leader McConnell, believe Donald Trump was guilty of a “disgraceful dereliction of duty” and “practically and morally responsible for provoking” the violence unleashed on the Capitol.

Tonight, I am thinking about those who bravely stood guard that January day. I’m thinking about all those who lost their lives, all those whose lives were threatened, and all those who are still today living with terror they lived through that day. And I’m thinking of those who demonstrated the courage to protect the integrity of our democracy – Democrats and Republicans, election officials and judges, elected representatives and poll workers – before and after the election.

This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile. That it must always be defended. That we must be ever vigilant. That violence and extremism has no place in America. And that each of us has a duty and responsibility as Americans, and especially as leaders, to defend the truth and to defeat the lies.

That is how we end this uncivil war and heal the very soul of our nation. That is the task ahead. And it’s a task we must undertake together. As the United States of America.

And that’s how a real President addresses the country, not though a tweet, and not with an inflaming message dripping with vitriol.

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8 Responses to A Word From Our President

  1. roket says:

    Uncivil war has a nice ring to it. Although to my way of thinking we’ve been in a cold civil war for quite some time that got pretty hot on 1/6. Also too, Minority Leader McConnell has a nice ring to it as well.

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  2. Jimmy T says:

    Nor exactly poetry, but truly speaks to the heart, to the mind, and to the soul (for those humans still possessing those qualities). I think Amanda would be proud…

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  3. Dennis Cole says:

    As far as I’m concerned, there’s “Benedict Donald” and “Benedict McConnell,” the two most vilest and villainous Tools that could have ever been produced by our vaunted system of governance.

    Or by the Russian’s, for that matter…

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  4. annieasksyou says:

    Just the right note—in tone and substance. So pleased with the Joe Biden who has become President Biden!

    But all of us are needed to make sure his administration’s mandate expands in 2022. And that means starting now: donating, volunteering, even considering running for office—on all levels of govt. Our democracy needs us to keep on keeping on.

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  5. spotthedog says:

    A grownup who can properly conduct the business of that office with intelligence, dignity, and compassion, it feels good.

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  6. donnah says:

    With Trump, we lost or forfeited so many of the simple things that we had taken for granted: kindness, compassion, human decency and empathy…just to name a few. Biden represents a return of those things as well as a formality and dignity we need and deserve from a President. Trump had no class, he lacked so many social skills and above all, he was in the job to make money and attain power.

    Please may we have Biden as our leader and have others like him who follow in his footsteps? We cannot take more Trumps.

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