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Biden: ‘I will give my all to you’

In a coda to his inauguration speech, President Joe Biden made one more plea for the nation to come together during an appearance Wednesday night at the Lincoln Memorial.

“This is a great nation. We’re good people,” Biden said during the “Celebrating America” program that was the final event of a day of inaugural activities. “To overcome the challenges in front of us requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: Unity.”

Calling the pandemic and the economic, racial justice and climate crises threats to the democracy, Biden cast the current moment among past chapters in history that divided the nation. Behind him was the statue of President Abraham Lincoln, who tried to keep the nation from being torn apart over the Civil War. Not far away on the National Mall was the memorial to Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King.