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A President who seeks not to divide, but to unify: Biden on Biden

On Saturday night Joe Biden delivered his victory speech, after his tally shot past the 270 mark, pushing Trump into history as a one-time President. Although Biden's speech was overtly characterised by a catholicitv, there was an undercurrent of a spiritual orientation that makes him look less realistic and not convincingly promising. Earlier, in her speech, America's first woman Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris said, "While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last... And the road ahead will not be easy but America is ready, and so are Joe and I." Her speech highlighted a vision and determination.

WASHINGTON, Nov 8: In active politics spanning 48 years since he was elected to the Senate first time, and after a couple of attempts at the top job in the past, former Vice-President and Democrat Joseph R. Biden Jr. has now finally made it. Third time lucky, and mission accomplished. He has crossed the 270 mark as per unofficial results released by States till Saturday.

On the great occasion of his victory speech at Wilmington, Delaware, on Saturday night he remembered his late son by reciting his favourite Catholic hymn 'On Eagle's Wings' which has come true in part and the rest is yet to come.

“I pledge to be a President who seeks not to divide, but to unify. Who doesn’t see red and blue States, but only a United States...And who will work with all my heart to win the confidence of the whole people,” he gave expression to his intended universality.

If that is not enough, a seemingly ebullient Biden's rhetoric goes on, "This is the time to heal in America."

But the ground reality is composed of a devastating, deadly pandemic ravaging the country, the economics that is in a disarray, mounting social tensions, disappearing jobs, a politics dividing the country like never before - on the whole a grim scenario calling for drastic action, and not rhetoric! But Biden says, “We can do it.”

The victory speech comes even as his Republican rival President Donald Trump, who has not conceded yet, has challenged the legitimacy of the election although most of his allegations of electoral malpractices are blind, non-specific and not supported by any evidence.

Biden did not counter Trump in his speech but only said, “The people of this nation have spoken...They have delivered us a clear victory. A convincing victory. A victory for ‘We the People.’ We have won with the most votes ever cast for a presidential ticket in the history of this nation — 74 million."

”It's time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again... And to make progress, we have to stop treating our opponents as enemies," Biden said.

He announced that on Monday he would form a committee of top science and health experts to draft a plan for battling the pandemic. It would be ready when he takes office in January.

Biden was introduced by his running mate, Kamala Harris, who will be the first woman Vice-President in the country's history.

Kamala Harris paid tribute to her late mother, an Indian immigrant, and the other generations of Black, Asian, White, Latina, and native women who had "paved the way for this moment tonight". "While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last," she said.

There were celebrations in major cities soon after news agencies and networks called the race and started addressing Biden as President-elect. Trump supporters continued their protestes at many places but were low-key.

If the results are to be challenged, the aggrieved party needs to approach the courts in the concerned States and depending on the order the affected party could go in appeal to the US Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, counting is still incomplete and the States have to issue certification for the results to become official. This must be before the electoral college meets on Decenmber 14. Till then the results are unofficial.

New President is officially sworn into office on 20 January.

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