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Entertainment United States: Joe Biden delivers an emotional Thanksgiving speech

08:50  26 november  2020
08:50  26 november  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Le président américain Joe Biden donne son discours de Thanksgiving le 25 novembre depuis le Queen Theatre, à Wilmington, dans l'Etat du Delaware. © AFP - CHANDAN KHANNA US President Joe Biden gives his Thanksgiving speech on November 25 from the Queen Theater in Wilmington, N.S. Delaware.

On the eve of a high-risk Thanksgiving holiday in the midst of a pandemic outbreak, Joe Biden has spoken to Americans. The president elect asks to limit travel and gatherings during this very popular family celebration. From his home town of Willmington, Delaware, Joe Biden moved with emotion to address victims of the coronavirus.

With our correspondent in San Francisco, Eric de Salve

Joe Biden sent a message of truth and hope from an elected president to a nation in distress on the eve of a pandemic Thanksgiving holiday. “There is real hope so hang in there,” he said. I know we will beat this virus. For the second day in a row, the United States has indeed exceeded the 2,000 daily death mark.

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US President-elect Joe Biden has called for an end to the "grim season of division", as the country faces a long, hard winter with Covid-19. In a speech for the Thanksgiving holiday, he said Americans were at war with coronavirus, not each other. He urged people to forgo high-risk holiday traditions, as

Former Vice President Joe Biden is set to deliver a pre- Thanksgiving address in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday. Biden , who has been declared president-elect by multiple media outlets, will urge Americans to unify as the nation sees a resurgence of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The elected president does not minimize the reality or the danger. He asks Americans to make an exception for Thanksgiving this year by avoiding large family gatherings like him. “I know how difficult it is to give up family traditions,” he conceded. But it’s so important. Our country is in the midst of a dramatic peak of contamination. We are currently at 160,000 new contaminations per day! This is the reality. Pure and simple.

A Grieving Thanksgiving

Then Joe Biden spoke directly to the hundreds of thousands of American families who will be experiencing a bereaved Thanksgiving this year. With empathy, he spoke of his own suffering after his many family tragedies. “I know this time of year can be particularly difficult,” he said. Believe me, I know it. I remember that first Thanksgiving: the empty chair, the silence. It prevents you from breathing. At the same time, Donald Trump’s voice echoed through the speakerphone of one of his attorneys’s cell phone in a Pennsylvania hotel where elected Republican officials were gathered to denounce baseless electoral fraud. Donald Trump did not deliver any Thanksgiving message to Americans, however.

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