Full Transcript of President Biden’s Speech on Democracy at the University of Michigan:
In this extraordinary speech, President Biden, who was joined by his entire Cabinet and two senior-most U.S. government officials, including Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, talked about the need for change in the way America does things.
We should not be surprised that President Biden wants to lead the change. He has led in the past. He led against the war in Iraq. He led against the corporate control of Wall Street. He led against corruption and inclusiveness in the White House. He led to the historic defeat of the health care bill. He led to major changes in how education is delivered, from No Child Left Behind to Common Core. He led to the Great Society programs of the New Deal and Great Society.
A year before he was born, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, creating the nation’s first universal social program designed to provide a secure and universal income to everyone over a lifetime.
President Kennedy signed the landmark bill that launched the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act and other landmark progressive legislation.
President Clinton signed the historic welfare reform act that created the Welfare Reform Act and created more than three million jobs between 1994 and 2000.
In his first hundred days as President, President Obama signed landmark climate change legislation and the Affordable Care Act, the most sweeping federal law since FDR.
President Nixon signed the landmark Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act.
To get a sense of his vision and leadership and the work he will be doing as President, please go here and read his remarks as delivered by the man himself:
I am honored to stand in front of this room to tell you that I have committed to create a government that works for the American people, not against them. And I pledge to you that no matter what happens, I will not permit anyone to take our country back.
On Monday President Obama said that we are in a period of ‘uncertainty’.