Biden Delivers Thanksgiving Address

Headline Roundup November 25th, 2020

Projected 2020 presidential winner Joe Biden delivered a Thanksgiving address on Wednesday afternoon from Wilmington, Delaware. In his speech, Biden made an appeal to unity while underscoring the severity of the pandemic. “We need to remember, we’re at war with the virus, not with each other,” Biden said, asking Americans to be resilient and persevere through the holiday season while adhering to gathering and travel restrictions. According to John Hopkins University, there have been more than 12.6 million cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in the U.S., and more than 260,000 people have died. The first emergency COVID-19 vaccines may be available as early as mid-December.

Coverage from right-rated outlets tended to highlight his appeal for Americans to observe restrictions. Coverage from left-rated outlets tended to frame Biden's address as unifying. Some left- and center-rated outlets also contrasted Biden's speech with Trump's continued remarks about election fraud and his pardoning of former security advisor Michael Flynn.

Biden Delivers Thanksgiving Address

From the Right
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President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday called on Americans not to gather with extended families for Thanksgiving, saying it was a “patriotic duty” to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Biden said during an at times campaign-like speech in Wilmington, Del., that he and his family were setting an example by not celebrating the holiday as a large group.

“This year we are asking Americans to forgo so many of the traditions that we’ve long made this holiday,” Biden said. This year, because we care so much for each other, we’re going...

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From the Left
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In an eve-of-Thanksgiving address on Wednesday, Joe Biden drew on historic hardships and his deep personal loss to make a passionate appeal for resilience, asking Americans to endure a national holiday amid restrictions on travel and gatherings imposed to fight the pandemic.

More than 12.6m cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the US and more than 260,000 people have died. Vaccines are imminent but hospitalisations and deaths are surging, straining infrastructure to breaking point as leaders warn of impending disaster.

His speech struck a note of unity. “We need...

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From the Center
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President-elect Joe Biden pleaded with Americans on Wednesday to take steps to remain safe over the Thanksgiving holiday as COVID-19 cases soar, while President Donald Trump pardoned a former aide who twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Biden gave a presidential-style speech acknowledging people’s fatigue with restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic, but urged them to exercise caution as caseloads surge.

“I know the country has grown weary of the fight. We need to remember - we’re at war with the virus, not with one another,” Biden said as...

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