And there it is.
President Joe Biden delivered his first primetime address to the nation and with it, helped promote his signing of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill into law.
He told Americans that “help is here” and that every U.S. adult would be eligible to receive one of the three approved vaccines by the first of May.
The Biden Administration plans to pour $650 million into coronavirus testing and screening in schools. That objective, Biden said, is part of a national testing program that will help to return the country to “normalcy” by the Fourth of July.
He expressed hopes that the divided nation can begin to heal.
“I believe we can and we will,” he said. “We’re seizing this moment, and history I believe will record we face and overcame one of the toughest and darkest periods in this nation’s history. Darkest we’ve ever known.”
His landmark pandemic stimulus legislation, passed by the House of Representatives a day sooner than expected, could bring $1,400 direct payments to Americans as early as this weekend.
There was no doubting the inferences made to the mistakes in the previous administration.
And the leader of that team, former President Donald Trump, could be indicted within “a matter of days,” according to former White House counsel John Dean.
Dean was addressing reports that Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen met with the Manhattan district attorney’s office several times in recent days.
Trump’s name never was mentioned during the Thursday night speech, but Biden’s message was clear.
“We know what we need to do to beat this virus; tell the truth, follow the science, work together … ” Biden said, seemingly pointing toward Trump’s rejection of facts and science about COVID during the 2020 campaign.
“You’re owed nothing less than the truth.”