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Biden gives Thanksgiving address

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 11/25/20, 04:22 pm

During a Wednesday speech, President-elect Joe Biden drew comparisons between the country’s battle with the coronavirus pandemic and the first U.S. celebration of a day of thanksgiving during the Revolutionary War. He described avoiding large Thanksgiving gatherings as a “patriotic duty” and said his own family would forgo its usual celebration. “There’s real hope; tangible hope. So hang on!” he urged.

What is the situation with the virus? The United States is averaging nearly 170,000 COVID-19 cases per day according to the COVID Tracking Project, a high for the duration of the pandemic. Average daily deaths from the virus in the past seven days surpassed 1,500. Just before Thanksgiving, airports around the country still had their busiest weekend since lockdowns began in March, with more than a million Americans passing through checkpoints.

Dig deeper: Read Emily Belz’s report on the pandemic’s effect on prison ministries.

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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a WORLD Digital news reporter. He is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Kyle resides in Purcellville, Va. Follow him on Twitter @kylezim25.

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  • Glong
    Posted: Fri, 11/27/2020 10:27 am

    “There’s real hope; tangible hope. So hang on!” he urged.

    Thanks to President Trump and Operation Warp Speed. I find it highly inappropriate for a president-elect to be making what was essentially a Thanksgiving Day address. He's not president until January 20.

  • Mike Doherty
    Posted: Fri, 11/27/2020 12:46 pm

    Dear WorldMag (Kyle): I appreciate you reporting on Biden and his activities as he is the presumptive President-elect and, in the spirit of balanced reporting (which I agree with!), these are important things to cover; but, I don't agree that you should refer to him as President-elect. In a sense you are implicitly declaring him as such when the Electoral College has not yet met to make it official. This may seem to be just me splitting hairs, but these kind of inaccuracies fail to uphold what is true and serve to propagate misunderstanding. -Mike 

    Posted: Sat, 11/28/2020 05:01 pm

    The Biden family celebrated Thanksgiving in Biden's basement. Hunter brought Chinese.