Moscow. January 20th. INTERFAX.RU – Observers and experts on the eve of the inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden are suggesting what topics he will touch upon in his inaugural speech.
Colin Shogan, senior vice president of the White House Historical Association, writes in The Hill: « Inaugural speeches should reflect the new president’s vision, management philosophy for the next four years, and the underlying principles and priorities that will guide the administration. »
According to Bob Lerman, a former speaker of Vice President Al Gore, Biden should have four points in mind in his inaugural speech: avoid abstract and be specific, in particular, re-declare his intention to carry out 100 million vaccinations against COVID-19 by April 1 , to draw attention to the unemployment situation in the country and remind that he supported the project on the allocation of stimulating $ 2 thousand for each US citizen.
In addition, according to Lerman, Biden should not be afraid of statements about tax increases, and he should not avoid quoting Republicans, and, perhaps, use the solemn moment to appoint one of them to a responsible position in order to gain support from a certain part of opponents.
Shogan notes: “The inaugural speech is largely ceremonial and short. The best speeches recognized by Thomas Jefferson (1801), Abraham Lincoln (1865), Franklin Roosevelt (1933), John F. Kennedy (1961) and Ronald Reagan (1981) , contained no more than 2.5 thousand words. «
« The best inaugural speeches emphasize the collective, unifying nature of democratic ideals. Even if they don’t reach the level of praise for public speaking, they are critical to the viability of US self-government, » Shogan recalls.
Biden will deliver the inaugural address after being sworn in. The inauguration ceremony is expected to begin with the performance of the US national anthem at approximately 11:30 am local time (7:30 pm Moscow time). Chief Justice John Roberts Harris will swear in Biden at noon.
The event will be attended by about 1,000 guests, most of whom are congressmen. Donald Trump, outgoing head of the White House, will not appear at the ceremony. For the first time in 150 years, the tradition of a previous US president attending the inauguration of his successor will be broken. In turn, the current vice president Mike Pence intends to take part in the ceremony.