Joe Biden's inauguration sends a message of resilience

US flags representing people unable to attend the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden are seen on the National Mall in Washington on Jan 20, 2021.PHOTO: NYTIMES

WASHINGTON - Mr Joe Biden has certainly risen to the occasion. The 78-year-old statesman, seasoned by his many years as senator and vice-president and yet prone to gaffes, had just a couple of years ago seemed destined for a dignified retirement. But on Wednesday (Jan 20), his mettle was on full display.

President Biden's forthright 21-minute inaugural speech at the Capitol on Wednesday, stressing unity, tolerance and humility, drew praise across the political spectrum.

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