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America is a ‘beacon for the globe’: Biden


PTI, Nov 8, 2020, 4:26 PM IST

Washington: President-elect Joe Biden has said that America is a “beacon for the globe” and that efforts must be made to restore the soul of the country.

“Tonight the whole world is watching America, and I believe that at our best, America is a beacon for the globe. We will lead not only by the example of our power, but by the power of our example,” Biden said while addressing the nation for the first time as president-elect.

“We must restore the soul of America,” Biden said late on Saturday while celebrating his electoral victory along with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

He noted that America has always been shaped by “inflection points, by moments in time we”ve made hard decisions about who we are and what we want to be,” Biden said, hours after the 77-year-old Democrat was declared as the winner of the November 3 presidential election against incumbent US President Donald Trump, a Republican.

“(Abraham) Lincoln in 1860 coming to save the union, FDR (Franklin D. Roosevelt) in 1932 promising a beleaguered country a new deal. JFK (John F Kennedy) in 1960 pledging a new frontier and when Barack Obama made history and told us: ”Yes we can”.

“Our nation is shaped by the constant battle between our better angels and our darkest impulses,” Biden continues. “Now, a president”s say in this battle matters. It”s time for our better angels to prevail,” the former vice president said.

Since Trump took office as president, the image of the US has suffered across many regions of the globe, the Pew Research Center said in a 13-nation survey released in September.

America’s reputation has declined further over the past year among many key allies and partners, it said as the country was struggling to contain the coronavirus;

“In several countries, the share of the public with a favuorable view of the US is as low as it has been at any point since the Center began polling on this topic nearly two decades ago,” Pew said on September 15.

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