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Joe Biden delivers his victory speech in Delaware after the election was called in his favor


Joe Biden announced his victory over Donald Trump when he addressed the nation on Saturday night and said, "The people gave us a clear victory."

The 77-year-old president-elect took the stage in Wilmington, Delaware after being introduced by Kamala Harris, his elected vice president, to cheer a crowd who listened to him.

In his 15-minute speech to the nation, Biden urged Americans to meet after the presidential election.

He appealed to Trump voters, offering a message of hope and compassion to those who have suffered from the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the economy. He thanked his supporters, especially the African American voters who gave him the Democratic nomination and emerged in the general election, along with his campaign staff.

After his remarks, the entire Biden family – including his son Hunter with his new baby and Biden's grandchildren – came on stage to join Joe and Jill. Confetti cannons fired and fireworks went off as "Bring Me a Higher Love" played.

"We are seeing cities across the country all over the nation, indeed all over the world, radiating joy, hope and new faith," said Biden.

& # 39; Tomorrow will bring a better day. And I am humble at the trust you have placed in me. I promise to be a president who does not want to divide, but to unite. Who does not see red and blue states. Only sees the United States. & # 39;

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Hail the boss: Joe Biden gave his victory speech on Saturday in Wilmington, Delaware, after the election was finally called in his favor after a four-day voting process

The new president-elect and vice-president-elect were joined on stage by their family members after both turned to the nation and proclaimed their victory

The new president-elect and vice-president-elect were joined on stage by their family members after both turned to the nation and proclaimed their victory

In his 15-minute speech to the nation, Biden urged Americans to come together and appealed to Trump voters

In his 15-minute speech to the nation, Biden urged Americans to come together and appealed to Trump voters

After his remarks, the entire Biden family - including his son Hunter with his new baby and Biden's grandchildren - came on stage to join Joe and Jill

After his remarks, the entire Biden family – including his son Hunter with his new baby and Biden's grandchildren – came on stage to join Joe and Jill

Biden's embattled son Hunter Biden was seen congratulating his father on his first public appearance on stage since the email allegations surfaced against him

Biden's embattled son Hunter Biden was seen congratulating his father on his first public appearance on stage since the email allegations surfaced against him

Biden kissed his young grandson on the head after being brought on stage by Hunter and his new wife Melissa Cohen

Biden kissed his young grandson on the head after being brought on stage by Hunter and his new wife Melissa Cohen

Biden reached out to the 71 million people who voted for President Trump. He promised to be president of the entire country and urged the nation to heal.

“I said at the beginning that I wanted to represent this campaign, to represent America and to look like this. We did that. Well, for all of you who voted for President Trump, I understand your disappointment tonight. I've lost a few times myself, but now we're giving each other a chance, ”he said as the fans honked their cars and cheered.

The 2020 presidential election was one of the most controversial in history. President Trump has not yet conceded and vowed to initiate a series of lawsuits in battlefield states on Monday to contest the outcome.

But Biden said it was time to "stop treating our opponents as our enemies".

“It's time to get rid of the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again, and make progress. We must stop treating our opponents as our enemies. They are not our enemies. You are American. You are American. The Bible tells us about everything that there is a season, a time to build, a time to harvest, and a time to sow, and a time to heal, ”he said.

"This is the time for America to heal," he added. I will rule as American President. I will work as hard for those who did not vote for me as I did for those who did, ”Biden vowed.

Biden – whose main campaign was largely saved by African American support in South Carolina and other states – gave black supporters a prominent greeting.

& # 39; The African American community stood up for me again. You always had my back – and I'll have yours, ”he said.

Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris brought her 4-year-old great-niece Amara Ajuga - daughter of Harris' niece Meena Harris - to the fore

Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris brought her 4-year-old great-niece Amara Ajuga – daughter of Harris' niece Meena Harris – to the fore

Biden bent down to speak to the young girl, and later the President-elect held his youngest grandchild, Hunter's baby, while "Simply the Best" played

Biden bent down to speak to the young girl, and later the President-elect held his youngest grandchild, Hunter's baby, while "Simply the Best" played

President-elect Joe Biden and Jill Biden embrace after his speech on stage

Biden is hugged by his granddaughter after speaking during his election rally

President-elect Joe Biden hugs wife Jill and granddaughter Naomi (right) on stage after his address to the nation

The new president-elect took the stage in Wilmington, Delaware after being introduced by Kamala Harris, his elected vice president

The new president-elect took the stage in Wilmington, Delaware after being introduced by Kamala Harris, his elected vice president

Biden puts his faith at the center of his address to the nation as the President-elect, quoting the Bible and his favorite anthem – and on the road to becoming a second Catholic President

Joe Biden, who will become the second Catholic President in American history, made his faith a part of his message when he addressed the nation on Saturday night.

"We must restore the soul of America," was a line he often used in his campaign speeches and which he repeated in his first address as president-elect.

Biden, who goes to church almost every Sunday morning and goes to mass on election day, carries a rosary that belonged to his late son Beau Biden.

During his speech on Saturday night, as part of his appeal to the nation to come together after the presidential campaign, he quoted his favorite anthem: "On Eagles Wings".

“In the last few days of the campaign, I've been thinking about an anthem that means a lot to me and my family, especially my late son Beau. It captures the belief that supports me and that I believe supports America, ”Biden said.

He hoped this could bring comfort to families who lost a loved one to COVID that has killed more than 237,000 Americans.

“I hope it can offer comfort and comfort to the 230,000+ families who lost a loved one to this terrible virus this year. My heart goes out to each of you. I hope this hymn gives you some consolation too, ”he said.

Then he quoted the words of the song based on Psalm 91, Book of Exodus 19, and Gospel of Matthew 13:

& # 39; And he will lift you up on eagle wings,

Carry you at dawn

Let yourself shine like the sun

And hold you in the palm of his hand. & # 39;

Biden concluded his speech by asking the country to meet.

"And now we begin together – on eagle wings – with the work that God and history have asked us to do," he said. “With a full heart and firm hands, with faith in America and one another, with love for the country – and a thirst for justice – let us be the nation we know we can be. A united nation. & # 39;

Catholics made up 22 percent of the electorate in the 2020 election and were almost halfway between Biden and President Donald Trump, according to the AP VoteCast – Trump received 50 percent of the Catholic vote, while 49 percent went with Biden.

Biden speaks frequently about his beliefs and how he managed to overcome the personal tragedies in his life, including the deaths of his wife and daughter in a car crash in 1972 and 2015 when his son Beau died of cancer.

He visits St. Joseph at Brandywine Church in Wilmington, where his son Beau is buried as his first wife and daughter. In Washington DC he goes to Mass at St. John's Church in Georgetown. The spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi also goes to mass there when she is in town.

He and Jill were married on June 17, 1977 by a Catholic priest in the United Nations Chapel in New York City.

"Keep the Faith" is a mantra that Biden repeats many times and that he is likely to use in the White House.

As an elected Vice President and shortly before his inauguration, Biden and his family attended mass in 2008 and received communion in the Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity. The same President of the Roman Catholic Church, John F. Kennedy, attended a few hours before his inauguration. Kennedy was the nation's first Catholic President.

He also spoke of "the struggle for racial justice and the elimination of systemic racism in this country".

Harris, the first woman and the first black woman to be elected vice president, also named ending "systemic racism" as the administration's top priority.

Black supporters were instrumental in Biden's tight margin of maneuver in Georgia, which is heading for a recount but is still a great achievement for a Democrat.

Speaking of the missed moments due to the coronavirus pandemic, the president-elect said he had a plan.

Biden said Monday that he would call a group of leading experts and scientists to a COVID-19 task force that would put together an "action plan" ready on inauguration day.

"I will spare no effort or obligation to reverse this pandemic," promised Biden.

Biden, who will become the second Catholic president in American history, also made his faith a part of his message.

"We must restore the soul of America," was a line he often used in his campaign speeches and which he repeated in his first address as president-elect.

Biden, who goes to church almost every Sunday morning and goes to mass on election day, carries a rosary that belonged to his late son Beau Biden.

During his speech on Saturday night, as part of his appeal to the nation to come together after the presidential campaign, he quoted his favorite anthem: "On Eagles Wings".

“In the last few days of the campaign, I've been thinking about an anthem that means a lot to me and my family, especially my late son Beau. It captures the belief that supports me and that I believe supports America, ”Biden said.

He hoped this could bring comfort to families who lost a loved one to COVID that has killed more than 237,000 Americans.

Then he quoted the words of the song, based on Psalm 91, Book of Exodus 19, and Gospel of Matthew 13: “And he will lift you on eagle wings, carry you at dawn, make you shine like the sun and hold you in his palm. & # 39;

Biden concluded his speech by asking the country to meet.

"And now we begin together – on eagle wings – with the work that God and history have asked us to do," he said. “With a full heart and firm hands, with faith in America and one another, with love for the country – and a thirst for justice – let us be the nation we know we can be. A united nation. & # 39;

As family members gathered on stage, confetti cannons went off – then fireworks – and behind them the BIDEN campaign logo was written with drones in the sky.

That went into a map of the United States, President-Elect Harris, and number 46, as Biden will be the 46th President of the United States.

In a speech designed to establish himself as the nation's next president, Biden didn't even mention the legal battle with President Trump over the number of votes.

It was a startling contrast to the president, who spent the day tweeting about unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud, claiming he "won" "a lot", boasting his own 71 million "legal" votes without Bidens to mention, and his observers were not allowed to count any rooms.

In previous statements since Tuesday, Biden called for patience and the counting of the remaining votes. He didn't mention that either.

Instead, he kept his comments on President Trump vague. He called to "restore decency to politics" and spoke of a fight between our "better angels" and the worst impulses.

"What the presidents say in this battle matters," said Biden. "It is time for our better angels to prevail."

President Trump spent Saturday night at the White House with First Lady Melania Trump after spending the day on his Virginia golf course.

It is unclear whether he saw Biden's remarks and whether any of his adult children were with him.

He didn't tweet while Biden spoke.

Biden's grandsons had previously told him he had won the election when it was called for at 11:25 a.m. on Saturday – and then hugged him with his son Hunter.

NEW YORK CITY: Crowds gather in Times Square to watch Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden deliver his victory speech after the media announced he won the 2020 US presidential election

NEW YORK CITY: Crowds gather in Times Square to watch Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden deliver his victory speech after the media announced he won the 2020 US presidential election

NEW YORK CITY: Two women respond when Biden addresses the American people for the first time as president-elect

NEW YORK CITY: Two women respond when Biden addresses the American people for the first time as president-elect

NEW YORK CITY: The city thrilled Biden's victory after the world waited four days for the results of the most controversial US presidential election in history

NEW YORK CITY: The city thrilled with Biden's victory after the world waited four days for the results of the most controversial US presidential election in history

NEW YORK CITY: People watch a speech by Democratic Vice-Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris after the media announced that she and Presidential candidate Joe Biden have won

NEW YORK CITY: People watch a speech by Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris after the media announced that she and Presidential candidate Joe Biden have won

SAN FRANCISCO: Hundreds gathered outside in the Castro district of San Francisco to listen to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris

SAN FRANCISCO: Hundreds gathered outside in the Castro District of San Francisco to listen to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris

ATLANTA: Mackenzie Bjorgan, a supporter of President-elect Joe Biden, will hear his address on November 7th at the Manuels Tavern in Atlanta, Georgia

ATLANTA: Mackenzie Bjorgan, a supporter of President-elect Joe Biden, will hear his address on November 7th at the Manuels Tavern in Atlanta, Georgia

READ THE VICTORY LANGUAGE OF PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN IN FULL

My fellow Americans, the people of this nation have spoken. You gave us a clear victory. A convincing victory. A win for "We the People".

We won by the most votes ever cast for a presidential ticket in the history of this nation – 74 million. I am humble at the trust you have placed in me. I promise to be a president who does not want to divide, but to unite.

Who does not see red and blue states, but the United States. And who will work wholeheartedly to win the trust of all the people. Because that's what America is all about: the people. And that's what our administration is all about.

I was looking for this office to restore the soul of America. To rebuild the backbone of the nation – the middle class. To respect America around the world again and to unite here at home.

It is the honor of my life that so many millions of Americans have voted for this vision. And now it is the task of our time to make this vision a reality.

As I've said many times, I'm Jill's husband. I would not be here without the love and tireless support from Jill, Hunter, Ashley, all of our grandchildren and their spouses and all of our family.

You are my heart. Jill is a mom – a military mom – and an educator.

She has dedicated her life to education, but teaching is not just what she does – it is who she is. This is a great day for America's educators: you will have your own in the White House, and Jill will make a great first lady.

And I am honored to work with an amazing Vice President – Kamala Harris – who will make history as the first woman, first black woman, first woman of South Asian descent, and first immigrant daughter to ever be elected to national office in this country .

It is long overdue and we are reminded tonight of those who fought so hard for so many years. But again, America has bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice.

Kamala, Doug – like it or not – you are a family. You have become an honorary bidder and there is no way out. To everyone who volunteered and voted in the middle of this pandemic, you deserve a special thank you from this nation.

To my campaign team and to all of the volunteers, to all of those who gave so much of themselves to make this moment possible, I owe everything to you. And everyone who supported us: I'm proud of the campaign that we built and carried out. I am proud of the coalition we have put together, the broadest and most diverse in history.

Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. Progressives, moderates and conservatives. Young and old. City, suburb and country. Gay, straight, transgender. White. Latino. Asian. Native American.

And especially for those moments when this campaign was at its lowest – the African American community stood up for me again. They always have my back and I'll have yours.

I said from the start I wanted a campaign that represented America and I think we did. This is how the administration should look like.

And for those who voted for President Trump, I understand your disappointment tonight.

I lost a couple of elections myself. But now we're giving each other a chance. It's time to put the harsh rhetoric aside. To lower the temperature. To see each other again.

To listen to each other again. In order to make progress we must stop treating our adversaries as our enemy. We are not enemies. We are americans.

The Bible tells us that there is a season for everything – a time to build, a time to harvest, a time to sow. And a time to heal. This is the time for America to heal.

Now that the campaign is over – what is the will of the people? What is our mandate? I think it is: the Americans have asked us to join forces of decency and forces of fairness. To gather the forces of science and the forces of hope in the great battles of our time.

The struggle for control of the virus. The struggle for wealth. The struggle for your family's health care. The struggle for racial justice and the elimination of systemic racism in this country. The fight to save the climate. The struggle to restore decency, defend democracy and give everyone a fair chance in this country.

Our work starts with bringing COVID under control. We cannot fix the economy, restore our vitality, or enjoy the most precious moments in life – hugging a grandchild, birthdays, weddings, graduations, all the moments that matter most to us – until we have this virus under control.

On Monday, I will be appointing a group of senior scientists and experts as transition advisors to translate Biden-Harris' COVID plan into a plan of action starting January 20, 2021.

This plan is built on a foundation of science. It is constructed out of compassion, empathy, and concern. I will spare no effort – or commitment – to reverse this pandemic.

I ran as a proud democrat. I will be an American President now. I'll work just as hard for those who didn't vote for me – as for those who did. Let this dark era of demonization in America come to an end – here and now.

The refusal of Democrats and Republicans to cooperate with each other is not due to some mysterious force beyond our control. It's a choice. It's a choice we make.

And if we can choose not to work together, we can choose to work together. And I believe that this is part of the American people's mandate. They want us to work together. That is the choice I will make. And I urge Congress – Democrats and Republicans alike – to make that decision with me.

American history is about the slow but steady expansion of possibilities. Make no mistake: too many dreams have been put on hold for too long.

We need to make the country's promise a reality for everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, belief, identity or disability. America has always been marked by turning points – moments when we made difficult decisions about who we are and what we want to be.

Lincoln in 1860 – comes to save the Union. FDR in 1932 – promises a new deal to a distressed country. JFK 1960 – Pledging a new border. And twelve years ago – when Barack Obama made history – and said to us, "Yes, we can."

We are at a turning point again. We have the opportunity to defeat despair and build a nation of prosperity and purpose. We can do it. I know we can. I've talked a long time about the struggle for the soul of America. We need to restore the soul of America.

Our nation is shaped by the constant struggle between our better angels and our darkest impulses. It is time for our better angels to prevail.

Tonight the whole world is watching America. At best, I believe America is a beacon for the globe. And we do not lead by the example of our strength, but by the strength of our example. I've always believed we could define America in one word: possibilities.

That in America everyone should be given the opportunity to go as far as their dreams and God-given abilities require. You see, I believe in the possibility of this country. We always look ahead.

On the way to an America that is freer and more just. Towards an America that creates jobs with dignity and respect. Towards an America that heals diseases – like cancer and Alzheimer's. Before an America that leaves no one behind. To an America that never gives up, never gives in.

This is a great nation. And we are a good people. This is the United States of America. And there's never been anything we couldn't do when we did it together.

In the last few days of the campaign, I have been pondering an anthem that means a lot to me and my family, especially my late son Beau. It captures the belief that supports me and that I believe supports America.

And I hope it can offer comfort and comfort to the 230,000+ families who lost a loved one to this terrible virus this year. My heart goes out to each of you. Hopefully this hymn will give you consolation too.

"And he will lift you on eagle wings, carry you at dawn, make you shine like the sun and hold you in his hand." And now we begin together – on eagle wings – with the work that God and history have asked us to do.

With a full heart and firm hands, with faith in America and one another, with love for the country – and a thirst for justice – let us be the nation we know we can be.

One nation united. A nation strengthened. One nation healed. The United States of America. God bless you. And may God protect our troops.

Jaeger's daughter Naomi Biden tweeted a picture of the moment they celebrated the end of a roller coaster election, counting crowds taking to the streets in cities across America.

In contrast, Trump finally responded to the presidential election being scheduled after almost six hours on Saturday – and sparked a tweet on Twitter with all the capital cities saying, "I won the election."

As thousands celebrated outside the White House, he tweeted a flurry of complaints – all with no evidence – that "bad things had happened".

Trump had learned his fate on his own golf course and had snuck back into the White House through a side gate to avoid the festivities outside about two hours before his tweet.

The election was scheduled for 11:25 a.m. on Saturday morning by television networks and the Associated Press for Biden when he was ahead of 30,000 in Pennsylvania, four days after the polls closed.

CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, AP, and USA Today all made the call, and Fox News followed 10 minutes later after Biden received additional votes in Philadelphia, where officials had been poring over postal ballots for days.

Pennsylvania, with its 20 electoral college votes, eventually pushed Biden over the line. Shortly thereafter, Nevada was called for him. Now only Arizona, Alaska and North Carolina remain untouched, but neither can change the election result now.

Jill Biden tweeted this photo Saturday afternoon, about two hours after the election for her husband was scheduled. The couple was at home in Wilmington, Delaware. President-elect Biden will speak at 8 p.m. EST tonight

Jill Biden tweeted this photo Saturday afternoon, about two hours after the election for her husband was scheduled. The couple was at home in Wilmington, Delaware. President-elect Biden will speak at 8 p.m. EST tonight

Trump arrived back at the White House Saturday afternoon as Biden supporters flooded the area to celebrate his victory

Trump arrived back at the White House Saturday afternoon as Biden supporters flooded the area to celebrate his victory

Trump arrived back at the White House Saturday afternoon as Biden supporters flooded the area to celebrate his victory

Within minutes of the call, impromptu celebrations broke out in major cities as people cheered, danced and horned horns in the streets.

Trump has no immediate plans to invite Biden to a meeting in the Oval Office, a tradition between outgoing and incoming presidents, CNN reported. Then Barack Obama hosted such a meeting on Thursday, November 10, 2016, two days after this year's presidential election.

The Philadelphia vote raised Biden's lead in Pennsylvania to 34,558, more than 0.5%, just after 11 a.m. – which undoubtedly brought the result to the state. That brought him to 273 votes – and put the 77-year-old on a clear path to the White House. Less than an hour later, networks called Nevada and put it on 279.

The states of Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina should also be mentioned. Biden has been ahead in every country except North Carolina, and if he stays that way, he will have 302 votes for the electoral college, just like Trump did in 2016.

Kamala Harris, his runner-up, becomes the first female vice president and the first black and Asian American vice president. She was on her way when the call came.

Biden tweeted, “America, I am honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country. The work ahead of us will be tough, but I promise you this: I will be President for all Americans, whether you voted for me or not. I'll keep the faith you put in me & # 39;

When Jill tweeted the picture of them, she said, "He will be a president for all of our families."

Kamala Harris makes a historic first speech as Vice-President-elect, saying Americans voted "Hope, Unity and Decency" – telling the crowd, "I may be the first woman in this office, but I won't be the last."

Kamala Harris put her place in history at the center of her first address as Vice-President-elect, as she stood on stage with President-elect Joe Biden to celebrate her victory over President Donald Trump on Saturday.

Harris first spoke at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware – the city where Biden centered his 48-year political career. She took the stage dressed in white while Mary J Blige played track Work That.

"Good evening, good evening, good evening," she said over the sound of car horns honking at the drive-in rally.

Harris said voters voted "hope, unity, decency, science and, yes, truth" when she and Biden preferred President Donald Trump.

She also referred to her historic role as Biden's runner-up and said, "I may be the first woman in this office, but not the last."

Harris noted that her rise to the role came 100 years after the ratification of the 19th Amendment and 55 years after the signing of the Suffrage Bill that expanded participation in American democracy.

Harris and Biden celebrated their victory over President Donald Trump on Saturday when the man they defeated refused to accept defeat

Harris and Biden celebrated their victory over President Donald Trump on Saturday when the man they defeated refused to accept defeat

Harris introduced Biden on stage to cheer enthusiastic fans in Wilmington, Delaware

Harris introduced Biden on stage to cheer enthusiastic fans in Wilmington, Delaware

She commended Joe Biden for "having the audacity to overcome one of the greatest barriers in our country" by choosing a woman to be his runmate.

"Every little girl who watches tonight sees this is a county of opportunity," Harris said.

Harris opened her first address as Vice-President-elect with a tribute to Congressman John Lewis, who died in July.

Before his death, Congressman John Lewis wrote: "Democracy is not a state, it is an action." Democracy is not guaranteed. It's only as strong as our willingness to fight for it.

“It takes struggle, it takes sacrifice, but it is joy and progress is made because we humans have the power to build a better future.

"When our democracy was on the ballot in those elections, the soul of America was at stake and the world was watching, you heralded a new day for America."

She also thanked the poll workers and said: "You have protected the integrity of our democracy." The count had never been so focused on.

She thanked her family for their support and her husband Doug, children Cole and Ella, and sister Maya.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug pose with President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug pose with President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill

She also paid tribute to her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, and said she was "most responsible for my presence here today".

She added, "When she came here from India at the age of 19, she may not have fully imagined this moment."

“But she believed so deeply in an America where such a moment is possible. So I think of them and the generations of women – black women, Asian, white, Latin American, and Native American women in our nation's history who paved the way for this moment tonight.

"Women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality, freedom and justice for all, including black women who are too often overlooked but so often prove that they are the backbone of our democracy."

In the hours leading up to Biden and Harris' arrival at the Chase Center, spontaneous cheers broke out and Lady Gaga, who ran Biden's last rally in Pennsylvania, played loudly.

Hundreds of cars filled the parking lot – drive-in style – and more than 1,000 people sat on the roofs of their vehicles or drove around in small groups, many cheering and waving American flags or Biden campaign signs.

Supporters were gathered in and around their cars, and even more people had gathered outside of security to cheer on the future president.

After the speeches, Kamala and Doug joined the Biden family on stage as the fireworks went off and music played.

Harris brought her 4-year-old great-niece Amara Ajuga – the daughter of Harris' niece Meena Harris – to the fore. Biden bent down to speak to the young girl, and later the President-elect held his youngest grandchild, Hunter's baby, while "Simply the Best" played.

The two families, wearing face masks, waved to the cheering and honking crowd of supporters. Only Biden took off his mask.

The group enjoyed every moment of their victory – they screeched with joy and pointed as the fireworks display spelled "Biden" and embraced.

READ THE VICTORY LANGUAGE OF PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN IN FULL

My fellow Americans, the people of this nation have spoken. You gave us a clear victory. A convincing victory. A win for "We the People".

We won by the most votes ever cast for a presidential ticket in the history of this nation – 74 million. I am humble at the trust you have placed in me. I promise to be a president who does not want to divide, but to unite.

Who does not see red and blue states, but the United States. And who will work wholeheartedly to win the trust of all the people. Because that's what America is all about: the people. And that's what our administration is all about.

I was looking for this office to restore the soul of America. To rebuild the backbone of the nation – the middle class. To respect America around the world again and to unite here at home.

It is the honor of my life that so many millions of Americans have voted for this vision. And now it is the task of our time to make this vision a reality.

As I've said many times, I'm Jill's husband. I would not be here without the love and tireless support from Jill, Hunter, Ashley, all of our grandchildren and their spouses and all of our family.

You are my heart. Jill is a mom – a military mom – and an educator.

She has dedicated her life to education, but teaching is not just what she does – it is who she is. This is a great day for America's educators: you will have your own in the White House, and Jill will make a great first lady.

And I am honored to work with an amazing Vice President – Kamala Harris – who will make history as the first woman, first black woman, first woman of South Asian descent, and first immigrant daughter to ever be elected to national office in this country .

It is long overdue and we are reminded tonight of those who fought so hard for so many years. But again, America has bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice.

Kamala, Doug – like it or not – you are a family. You have become an honorary bidder and there is no way out. To everyone who volunteered and voted in the middle of this pandemic, you deserve a special thank you from this nation.

To my campaign team and to all of the volunteers, to all of those who gave so much of themselves to make this moment possible, I owe everything to you. And everyone who supported us: I'm proud of the campaign that we built and carried out. I am proud of the coalition we have put together, the broadest and most diverse in history.

Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. Progressives, moderates and conservatives. Young and old. City, suburb and country. Gay, straight, transgender. White. Latino. Asian. Native American.

And especially for those moments when this campaign was at its lowest – the African American community stood up for me again. They always have my back and I'll have yours.

I said from the start I wanted a campaign that represented America and I think we did. This is how the administration should look like.

And for those who voted for President Trump, I understand your disappointment tonight.

I lost a couple of elections myself. But now we're giving each other a chance. It's time to put the harsh rhetoric aside. To lower the temperature. To see each other again.

To listen to each other again. In order to make progress we must stop treating our adversaries as our enemy. We are not enemies. We are americans.

The Bible tells us that there is a season for everything – a time to build, a time to harvest, a time to sow. And a time to heal. This is the time for America to heal.

Now that the campaign is over – what is the will of the people? What is our mandate? I think it is: the Americans have asked us to join forces of decency and forces of fairness. To gather the forces of science and the forces of hope in the great battles of our time.

The struggle for control of the virus. The struggle for wealth. The struggle for your family's health care. The struggle for racial justice and the elimination of systemic racism in this country. The fight to save the climate. The struggle to restore decency, defend democracy and give everyone a fair chance in this country.

Our work starts with bringing COVID under control. We cannot fix the economy, restore our vitality, or enjoy the most precious moments in life – hugging a grandchild, birthdays, weddings, graduations, all the moments that matter most to us – until we have this virus under control.

On Monday, I will be appointing a group of senior scientists and experts as transition advisors to translate Biden-Harris' COVID plan into a plan of action starting January 20, 2021.

This plan is built on a foundation of science. It is constructed out of compassion, empathy, and concern. I will spare no effort – or commitment – to reverse this pandemic.

I ran as a proud democrat. I will be an American President now. I'll work just as hard for those who didn't vote for me – as for those who did. Let this dark era of demonization in America come to an end – here and now.

The refusal of Democrats and Republicans to cooperate with each other is not due to some mysterious force beyond our control. It's a choice. It's a choice we make.

And if we can choose not to work together, we can choose to work together. And I believe that this is part of the American people's mandate. They want us to work together. That is the choice I will make. And I urge Congress – Democrats and Republicans alike – to make that decision with me.

American history is about the slow but steady expansion of possibilities. Make no mistake: too many dreams have been put on hold for too long.

We need to make the country's promise a reality for everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, belief, identity or disability. America has always been marked by turning points – moments when we made difficult decisions about who we are and what we want to be.

Lincoln in 1860 – comes to save the Union. FDR in 1932 – promises a new deal to a distressed country. JFK 1960 – Pledging a new border. And twelve years ago – when Barack Obama made history – and said to us, "Yes, we can."

We are at a turning point again. We have the opportunity to defeat despair and build a nation of prosperity and purpose. We can do it. I know we can. I've talked a long time about the struggle for the soul of America. We need to restore the soul of America.

Our nation is shaped by the constant struggle between our better angels and our darkest impulses. It is time for our better angels to prevail.

Tonight the whole world is watching America. At best, I believe America is a beacon for the globe. And we do not lead by the example of our strength, but by the strength of our example. I've always believed we could define America in one word: possibilities.

That in America everyone should be given the opportunity to go as far as their dreams and God-given abilities require. You see, I believe in the possibility of this country. We always look ahead.

On the way to an America that is freer and more just. Towards an America that creates jobs with dignity and respect. Towards an America that heals diseases – like cancer and Alzheimer's. Before an America that leaves no one behind. To an America that never gives up, never gives in.

This is a great nation. And we are a good people. This is the United States of America. And there's never been anything we couldn't do when we did it together.

In the last few days of the campaign, I have been pondering an anthem that means a lot to me and my family, especially my late son Beau. It captures the belief that supports me and that I believe supports America.

And I hope it can offer comfort and comfort to the 230,000+ families who lost a loved one to this terrible virus this year. My heart goes out to each of you. Hopefully this hymn will give you consolation too.

"And he will lift you on eagle wings, carry you at dawn, make you shine like the sun and hold you in his hand." And now we begin together – on eagle wings – with the work that God and history have asked us to do.

With a full heart and firm hands, with faith in America and one another, with love for the country – and a thirst for justice – let us be the nation we know we can be.

One nation united. A nation strengthened. One nation healed. The United States of America. God bless you. And may God protect our troops.

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