After an exhausting week, in which half the nation seemed to be working out the muscles in their mouse-clicking finger in the endless quest for new numbers, Saturday was a glorious day.
In just a few minutes, Kamala Harris and Joe Biden are finally going to get to deliver the victory speeches they’ve been keeping on ice since Tuesday night. It’s hard to express how great this night feels. It’s unlike the satisfaction of just winning an election. This feels more like the energy of VE Day combined with dancing down the Berlin Wall. A confirmation of humanity. A promise that America not only can be better, it is better than what we’ve seen over the last four year.
It was a good, good day. And now it’s going to be a good night. Until now, half the nation is going to be watching not Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, the candidates of the opposing party. But their president-elect and vice president-elect. It’s going to be fantastic.
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Harris’ motorcade has reached the Chase Center and is being greeted with loud cheers and honking horns. Biden should be arriving soon.
Kamala Harris ticks off so many “firsts” that she’s her own Top Ten List of Firsts. But while we’re waiting for the speeches to begin, there is one more member of the incoming White House family that hasn’t gotten all that much attention, but is probably about to become pretty familiar, and dear, to a lot of Americans.
And here comes Kamala Harris!
Excuse me … here comes Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris!
So profoundly appropriate that Kamala Harris begins by quoting Sen. John Lewis.
VP-E Harris extends a thanks to poll workers for all their work under tough circumstances. Yep, hats off to the people who I’ve been fuming at for the last four days. You’ve done a great job.
“For four years, you’ve marched for equality and justice, for our lives, and for our planet. And then you voted. And you gave a clear message. You chose hope.”
Kamala gives a hat tip to Jill, Hunter, and Ashley. And starts the sniffles with a reference to Beau.
Beau would be so damn proud tonight.
Our new vice-president-elect calls out to her own immigrant mother, and to all women. “So often overlooked, but the backbone of our democracy … all the women who have worked so hard to secure the right to vote.”
“Tonight I reflect on their struggle…and I stand on their shoulders.”
Harris goes directly to talking about the pandemic and the climate crisis — genuine threats to the nation — rather than inventing conspiracy theories or talking about perceived opponents. This alone is a huge relief.
“And now, it is my great honor, to introduce the President-Elect of the United States, Joe Biden!”
And of course we’re getting some Springsteen.
“The people have spoken. They’ve delivered us a clear victory. A convincing victory.”
Biden’s pledge to unify reaches all the way back to a line from when Barack Obama first appeared at the DNC to say there were no red states and blue states, but only the United States.
“For American educators, it’s a great day for you all. You’re going to have one of your own in the White House.”
“Once again, Americans bent the moral arc of the universe more towards justice.”
“When this campaign was at its lowest ebb, the African American community stood up for it. They always had my back. And I’ll have yours.”
“This is a time to heal in America.”
Biden promises an “action blueprint” that will be “built on bedrock science and constructed out of compassion” to fight the pandemic.
“The American story is about slow, but steadily widening opportunities in America. … America has always been shaped by inflection points where we made hard decisions about who we are and who we wanted to be.” Mentions Lincoln, FDR, Kennedy … and Obama.
“We must restore the soul of America. Our nation is shaped by the constant battle between our better angels, and our darker impulses. And what a president says matters in this battle.”
“We’re a good people. This is the United States of America, and there’s never been anything we weren’t able to do when we do it together.” This is genuinely the key to who Joe Biden is.
“Spread the faith! May God love you all.”
This might not be the typical setting for a victory speech, but it’s iconic, emblematic of the moment, and also a deeply American scene.
That’s a wrap for tonight, folks. Thanks for coming. Please stay, keep commenting, and drink ‘em if you got ‘em.