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Yes, ‘our’ president

By Staff | Jan 27, 2021

Many of us cast our ballot for Joe Biden. Many of us did not.

As of today, it does not matter.

At noon last Wednesday, Mr. Biden was sworn into office, becoming our 46th President.

The key word here is “our.”

Whether Mr. Biden was a particular voter’s candidate of choice is no longer the issue. The people have spoken and he is to be accorded the respect that comes with the office.

That is how the system, which has served our democratic republic for 244 years, works.

For those who are unhappy, there will be plenty of time to criticize if criticism is warranted.

But today, and tomorrow, until and unless, he should be granted courtesy and the opportunity to serve…

The above headline and editorial was written in January 2017 after the inauguration of President Trump. We have updated the name and the wording slightly, but the message remains the same as it was four years ago, the same that it has been since we came together in 1776 as a country, fittingly called the United States — despite the political and philosophical differences among its components that made hammering out a constitution such a difficult task.

President Biden opened his administration with a call for unity, despite the differences that separate us today.

And he made a vow across that divide:

“All those who supported our campaign, I’m humbled by the faith you’ve placed in us. To all those who did not support us, let me say this. Hear me out as we move forward. Take a measure of me and my heart. If you still disagree, so be it. That’s democracy. That’s America. The right to dissent peaceably within the guardrails of our republic is perhaps this nation’s greatest strength. Yet hear me clearly. Disagreement must not lead to disunion. I pledge this to you. I will be a president for all Americans, all Americans. And I promise you, I will fight as hard for those who did not support me as for those who did.”

We’ll also close as we did post-inauguration, 2017.

Our very best wishes to President Biden. May your presidency be marked with success.

— Neighbor editorial