The USA at its Best - Optimistic, Hopeful, Forward-looking: Joe Biden

"We must be the nation we have always been at our best. Optimistic. Hopeful. Forward-looking."

President Joe Biden in the 2023 State of the Union Address.

He concluded, "Because the soul of this nation is strong, because the backbone of this nation is strong, because the people of this nation are strong, the State of the Union is strong. As I stand here tonight, I have never been more optimistic about the future of America. We just have to remember who we are. We are the United States of America and there is nothing, nothing beyond our capacity if we do it together."


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Commenting on the speech, USSC Research Associate Victoria Cooper said President Biden's speech was noteworthy for its optimism. "I think this address was to make America optimistic again. I don't know if we've seen this much pessimism among Americans in a long time," she said.

"his message was one of unadulterated optimism – even in the face of open hostility," wrote CNN's Kevin Liptak.

"Look, I get accused of being an inveterate optimist.  I call that the “Irish of it.”  We’re never on top, always stepped on.  But we are optimistic like Dr King was optimistic."

A touch of optimism and good-humour in President Joe Biden's speech Honoring Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia (January 2023)

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