President Joe Biden is set to outline on Wednesday night an optimistic vision after a year wracked by a deadly virus and incalculable struggles in America and abroad.
Biden, in excerpts of his primetime address to a joint session of Congress released by the White House, said he “inherited a nation in crisis” that is now on the mend.
“America is on the move again,” Biden is expected to say. “Turning peril into possibility. Crisis into opportunity. Setback into strength.”
The president’s speech is expected to focus on his first 100 days in office, including the progress the country has made in vaccinating residents against the coronavirus, and outline his multitrillion-dollar infrastructure and social welfare proposals.
“We have to prove democracy still works. That our government still works — and can deliver for the people,” he says in one excerpt.
In Biden’s remarks, he calls the infrastructure plan currently being debated by Congress “a blue-collar blueprint to build America.”
Wednesday night’s speech, which is not technically considered a State of the Union address, will be a departure from the typical pomp associated with the event due to pandemic-related restrictions.
Many members of Congress, the president’s Cabinet and other dignitaries will not be in attendance, and those invited are not allowed to bring guests. They will also be required to wear masks while in the audience.