WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden accepted his party’s nomination Thursday with a pledge to serve “all Americans” as a uniter and a healer. 

“I’ll be a Democratic candidate,” mentioned Biden, however “I will be an American president. I’ll work hard for those who didn’t support me, as hard for them as I did for those who didn’t vote for me. That’s the job of a president, to represent all of us, not just our base or our party. This is not a partisan moment. This must be an American moment.” 

Biden’s speech projected stability, humanity and trustworthiness, qualities that he portrayed because the antidote to 4 years of President Donald Trump. Yet he by no means as soon as talked about Trump by title, stunning some viewers who anticipated Biden’s speech to echo searing critiques of Trump delivered earlier this week by former President Barack Obama and others. 

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This shouldn’t be to say that Biden ignored his opponent completely.

“The president takes no responsibility, refuses to lead, blames others, cozies up to dictators and fans the flames of hate and division,” Biden mentioned. “He’ll wake up every day believing the job is all about him, never about you. Is that the America you want for you, your family, and your children?” 

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden accepts the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination throughout a speech delivered for the largely digital 2020 Democratic National Convention from the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., August 20, 2020.

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Trump responded to Biden’s speech with a tweet, claiming, “in 47 years, Joe did none of the things of which he now speaks. He will never change, just words!”

Biden’s message was far more targeted on unity, hope and promise than it was on drawing a distinction between himself and Trump. 

As president, Biden mentioned, the very first thing he would do is figure to get the lethal coronavirus pandemic beneath management. 

“We’ll develop and deploy rapid tests with the results available immediately. We’ll make the medical supplies and protective equipment that our country needs. … We’ll make sure our schools have the resources they need to be open, safe and effective. We’ll put politics aside,” mentioned Biden.

“We’ll take the muzzle off our experts so the public gets the information they need and deserve, honest, unvarnished truth. They can handle it. We’ll have a national mandate to wear a mask. Not as a burden but as a patriotic duty to protect one another. In short, we’ll do what we should have done from the very beginning.”

Speaking alone on a flag-filled stage in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden had the problem of making drama and tempo for his phrases with out the advantage of a supportive crowd from which to draw power. Nonetheless, the 77-year-old Biden, who turned a U.S. senator at age 30 and served 36 years within the higher chamber, gave the speech of his life.

He achieved moments of true emotion, anger, hope and unhappiness, and he made not one of the verbal stumbles he typically does, remnants of a stutter he has labored to overcome his total life. 

“I will be a president who will stand with our allies and friends,” mentioned Biden. “I will make it clear to our adversaries that the days of cozying up to dictators are over,” he added, a reference to Trump’s heat relationships with a number of autocratic leaders around the globe.

“Under President Biden, America will not turn a blind eye to Russian bounties on the heads of American soldiers. Nor will I put up with foreign interference in our most sacred democratic exercise — voting.”

Biden’s speech capped a four-day digital conference that largely went off with no hitch. This was a major accomplishment, on condition that nobody had ever tried to placed on a digital nominating conference earlier than. Every minute of the eight hours over 4 nights was uncharted territory. 

Biden’s supply exceeded expectations, partially as a result of Trump has spent weeks decreasing them, repeatedly claiming that Biden is cognitively impaired and barely in a position to kind a cohesive sentence.

Trump and his fellow Republicans have additionally spent a lot of the previous two months portraying Democrats because the celebration of looters, rioters and wild-eyed socialists. But this week’s conference went a good distance towards weakening that line of assault. 

Democrats featured a half-dozen outstanding Republicans who endorsed Biden, and a slew of on a regular basis Republicans who additionally assist the previous vice chairman. They put centrists on show night time after night time, and largely relegated the celebration’s loudest progressive voices to the wings.  

Whereas Trump’s political speeches depend on energizing his supporters with fixed references to who’s a “real” American and who is not, again and again on Thursday, Biden confused inclusion and unity. The activity going through the nation is so nice, he mentioned, that it can’t be completed by a nation divided. 

“Let us begin, you and I together, one nation under God, united in our love for America, united in our love for each other. For love is more powerful than hate, hope is more powerful than fear, light is more powerful than dark,” mentioned Biden. “This is our moment. This is our mission. Let history be able to say at the end of this chapter of American darkness began here, tonight, as love and hope and light joined in the battle for the soul of the nation.”

The digital Republican National Convention begins on Monday.