Joe Biden’s speech to a joint session of Congress outlined some of the US President’s key accomplishments during his first 100 days in office, as well as his outlook for the future.
Democrats praised his message, while Republicans slammed the initiative as “boring but extreme.”
Here are the key takeaways.
Biden’s message of hope: America’s back
Joe Biden began by reflecting on the situation he walked into when he took the Presidential oath in January, saying he “inherited a nation in crisis”.
“The worst pandemic in a century. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War,” the President listed, with the latter a reference to the unprecedented attack on January 6 on the very building he was speaking in.
Then in a signature quote he told Congress he had turned things around in the three months since he entered the White House.
“After just 100 days — I can report to the nation: America is on the move again. Turning peril into possibility. Crisis into opportunity. Setback into strength.”
The simple and powerful language and the frequent use of the word ‘America’ is a hallmark of the new administration’s communication strategy and can be seen in the names given to the mammoth spending packages the President is spruiking.
More on that shortly.
The President acknowledged that the rest of the world might be sceptical about whether, given the US electoral cycle, any changes from the previous administration would stick.
He said other world leaders often say to him: “‘We see that America is back – but for how long?'”
“My fellow Americans, we have to show not just that we are back, but that we are here to stay,” he said.
While he went on to touch on foreign policy, Mr Biden’s speech was predominately a big sell of his bold domestic policy plans.
Source: ABC World News