In his Saturday speech from Wilmington, Delaware, where he claimed to be the president-elect, Joe Biden sounded a conciliatory, healing tone.
"I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide but unify," Biden said. "Who doesn't see red states and blue states, only sees the United States. And work with all my heart with the confidence of the whole people, to win the confidence of all of you. And for that is what America I believe is about. It's about people. And that's what our administration will be all about."
In the course of the speech, Biden quoted the Bible's book of Ecclesiastes.
"‘To everything there is a season: a time to build, a time to reap, and a time to sow and a time to heal,' the former vice president said. "This is the time to heal in America."
Biden concluded his speech with a separate Scriptural reference as he quoted from the hymn "On Eagles' Wings" mentioning that it was one "that means a lot to me and my family."
Biden concluded his speech calling on Americans to do the work "God and history have called us to do."
"With faith in America and in each other, with love of country, a thirst of justice," Biden said. "Let us be the nation that we know we can be. A nation united, a nation strengthened, a nation healed."