Weight of the world rests on the new president’s shoulders
The inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden on Jan. 20, 2021, will be well remembered by history.
The unprecedented imagery of the ceremony itself — with everyone wearing a mask, looking over the tightly guarded emptiness of Washington — signals the unmistakably perilous situation the Biden administration is facing.
At home, in addition to the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. economy is in a slump, and, most dangerously, the country is deeply divided not just by what Americans want, but essentially by the question of who believe themselves to be. Abroad, the reputation of U.S. democracy, as well as U.S. leadership, have ebbed during the Trump presidency.
President Biden sees the problem. His inaugural speech was centered entirely on “unity” of the nation, for only in unity can Americans overcome these formidable challenges. In order to reunite the United States, “healing” will be Biden’s topmost policy priority.