Joe Biden - the voice of America's middle class

Whether on trade or climate change, his speech to Congress ahead of his 100th day in office focused relentlessly on middle-class concerns

President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at the US Capitol in Washington, on April 28, 2021. PHOTO: AFP

(FINANCIAL TIMES) I have watched at least 20 presidential addresses to the United States Congress. None, until now, has ended with the words "thank you for your patience".

The effectiveness with which President Joe Biden spoke was not in the oratory, or in the atmosphere, which was thinned out by social distancing. Nor was it in the substance, although he touted an ambitious agenda. It was his repeated use of the word "we" in place of the presidential "I" - and the fact that people at home, rather than the bemasked quotient of lawmakers, were his intended audience.

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