The president-elect spoke about his first time taking the train from Delaware to the nation’s Capitol, how his driver was going to be a Black man. “And here we are today, my family and I, about to return to Washington, to meet a Black woman, of South Asian descent, to be sworn in as president and vice president of the United States.” Again, Biden remembered being on the Delaware train station platform in 2008, telling his son Beau that no one could tell him that “things can’t change. They can and they do. That’s America. ”
Biden was moved to tears again when quoting great Irish poet James Joyce, who said that when he died “Dublin will be written on my heart.” Asking the crowd to “Excuse the emotion, but when I die, Delaware will be written on my heart.”
Biden finished his speech from a powerfully emotional place, saying his only regret was that he wasn’t introducing his son Beau as the next president, to make the speech that Joe himself was now giving. “But we have great opportunities. Delaware has taught us anything is possible.”
It’s a really beautiful speech, and worth watching.