This morning, I had the opportunity to listen to the inaugural speech of the new President of the United States of America, Joe Biden Jr. I must say that I’ve been very interested in what’s been happening in USA lately with the outgoing President, Donald Trump with the furore in the Capital a couple of weeks back and now the relative calm after the storm.

I found his inaugural speech to be one that was both inspirational and also about triumphing in the face of adversity. It was also about uniting the various States and also seeing that adversity and challenge has been a historical part of America’s story. 

As a highly recommended speech to listen to, I found it interesting how he listed the various issues that America has been grappling with including the fact that over 400,000 people have died due to the pandemic of COVID-19, more than the troops that they lost in World War 2. 

He mentioned the race issues and systemic racism that have been amplified in USA in recent race riots and also the fact that he doesn’t agree with white supremacy and stated that he will be the President for all Americans quite in contrast to the outgoing President.

There’s much more to discuss but I think the best thing would be to listen to it and to come to your own conclusions. I know that when he finished with a minute silent prayer for those who have passed away due to the pandemic, it brought me to tears in realising that we in NZ have been spared much of the sorrow that thousands of families have been experiencing in USA and around the world.

The only USA territory out of the 16 that hasn’t lead to death has been American Samoa and I found it interesting that some media only recognized the other 4 main territories as Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands but missed mentioning American Samoa and the other 11.

This is the second epidemic/pandemic that American Samoa has been spared from as written about in one of my books about the epidemic that struck Samoa in 1918 but did not get to American Samoa because of the quick and decisive effort of American Samoan authorities to close the borders from any incoming vessels that could potentially bring about the viruses.

So if you haven’t already had a chance to listen to the incumbent USA President’s inaugural speech, I have attached it above. Definitely draws a picture of where USA has come from, where it wants to be and how to get there…