2021-03-09

Susan Glasser on Biden’s Inaugural Address: ‘A Love Letter to the Truth’

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Susan B. Glasser, writing for The New Yorker:

Only after four years of the Trump Presidency would the mention of
“truth” in an Inaugural Address become an applause line. But we
are where we are. The country has had so much lying. Much will be
made of Biden’s plea to “end this uncivil war,” and of his
stirring language about democracy prevailing. But it was his love
letter to the role of truth in a free society that rang loudest to
me during his twenty-minute speech, which took place under a sunny
Washington sky, amid a crisis like no other in our modern history.

I say don’t overthink it. Our reasons for optimism are simple: a new administration committed to the truth — political, scientific, medical, societal, economic — will alone bring about so much change.