In Christmas greetings, Biden praises Americans’ resilience to Covid

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Washington (AFP) – US President Joe Biden on Saturday praised Americans for their strength and resilience in the face of the raging Covid-19 pandemic, urging “hope and renewal” during the holiday season.

In his first Christmas address as president, Biden praised “the tremendous courage, character, resilience and determination of all who heal, comfort, teach, protect and serve in ways big and small.”

“You show that there is much to be gained in appreciation and gratitude for the gift of time and goodwill we share as we take care of each other,” Biden said in a statement with First Lady Jill Biden.

“Over and over, you show how precious our differences are and how endless our similarities are.”

Biden, a devout Catholic, went on to say that “for the nation we pray for the promise found in the scriptures – to find light in darkness, which is also perhaps the most American thing to do.”

With Americans hit by the deadly pandemic and economic hardship exacerbated by record inflation, the presidential couple focused on year-end traditions – forgiving a turkey on Thanksgiving and decorating the White House for Christmas – to send out gifts. messages of hope and joy.

But with the country rocked by deep political divisions, even a Christmas Eve greeting turned sour for Biden on Friday, when a man he wished a Merry Christmas on a White House video call to him. launched a popular insult among supporters of Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump.

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