One year after his predecessor told Americans from the Oval Office that the nation was “at a critical time in the fight against the virus,” President Joe Biden has promised that the nation is finally on the verge of a return to normalcy.
But 50 days into his presidency, and hours after signing into law the nearly $2 trillion relief bill that he promised would help “rebuild” the American middle class, Biden’s own primetime address from the White House on Thursday night was aimed at an audience exhausted by a year of catastrophic loss, social isolation, and a government disaster response that was, in many ways, its own disaster. In his remarks, Biden promised that the pandemic that has overturned nearly every part of American life could soon, finally, be over—as long as Americans do their own part.
“I promise, I will do everything in my power—I will not relent until we beat this virus,” Biden said. “But I need you, the American people, I need you, I need every American, to do their part. That’s not hyperbole. I need you.”