On his first Presidents Day as President of the United States, Joe Biden posted a video message calling for unity and a spirit of public cooperation.
Text tweeted alongside the video read, “American history is not a story of presidents, it’s a story of the American people – a story of courage, character, strength, and resilience.” It was also at the opening of the video message he delivered.
Biden’s missive – one minute, twenty-nine seconds – had echoed his inaugural address and other recent public statements, especially the phrase: “If we do it together as a nation, a people, an America, we will not fail. America has never done it.
Another bit that recalls its inauguration: “I promise you, my whole soul is in the work that awaits us.”
The president also referred to predecessors who experienced similar periods of great disunity and national conflict: Lincoln, FDR, Kennedy and Johnson.
“I know we’re going to get through this,” he said in the clip, “because I know the history of this country. The American people have never, ever let this country down, given it half a chance.
“American history is not a story of presidents, it is a story of the American people – a story of courage, character, strength and resilience.” – Message from President Biden on Presidents Day pic.twitter.com/VbmEO7u2ns
– The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 15, 2021
Some, including presidential historian Michael Beschloss, took to Twitter to point out that officially the holiday is still specifically known as “Washington’s birthday.”
Legally, today’s federal holiday is “Washington’s birthday,” not a generic “Presidents’ Day” meant to honor all presidents, including Millard Fillmore, Warren Harding, and Donald Trump.
– Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) February 15, 2021