Biden’s first address after news organisations projected him the winner of the presidential election has ended.
Biden gave a message of unity, and promised to lead for all Americans, regardless of who they voted for. He said coronavirus would be his first priority, and hailed his his historic vice-president elect Kamala Harris.
The evening ended with fireworks and drone display that spelled out Biden and 46 in the sky, as the song “You make my dreams come true” by Hall and Oates and “The best” by Tina Turner played.
Biden recited words from Psalm 91, a Christian verse, that he said had special meaning for his deceased son Beau that “captures the faith that sustains me”.
He offered in the “hope that it can provide some comfort, solace to 230,000 Americans that lost a loved one to this terrible virus this year.”
“And he will raise you up on eagles’ wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, and make you shine like the sun and hold you in the palm of his hand,” Biden said reciting the verse “And now together, on eagles’ wings, we embark on the work that God and history have called upon us to do.”