The president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, said goodbye this Tuesday in tears to Delaware, his state of residence and which he represented for more than three decades in the Senate, before flying to Washington, where this Wednesday he will take office. .
Biden gave a brief speech before heading to the US capital, where he departed in a private plane, instead of in a government plane, as is the tradition for presidents-elect, according to CNN.
“I will always be a proud child of the state of Delaware (…). When I die, Delaware will be written on my heart, ”said an emotional Biden to those who had gathered to see him off at the airport in the town of New Castle.
The president-elect thanked the state that launched his political career by elevating him to the Senate in 1972, and that “since then has believed” in him, where he met his wife Jill and watched their family grow.
“This is where, twelve years ago, I waited at the train station in Wilmington for a black man (Barack Obama) to pick me up on the way to Washington, to become president and vice president of the United States,” he recalled in reference to the inauguration. 2009.
“And where today my family and I are going to return to Washington again, to meet with a black woman with roots from South Asia (Kamala Harris), and to be sworn in as president and vice president of the United States,” he added.
A few minutes later, Biden and his wife Jill saluted from their private plane before taking off for Washington.
The transition team did not clarify why Biden did not use one of the presidential planes that are usually made available to elected leaders for their trip to the capital, and if it was a decision of the president-elect himself or not, according to CNN.
Biden’s initial plan was to travel by train, the means of transportation he used daily during his many years in the Senate to return home to Wilmington, Delaware, but his team ruled out that possibility for security reasons, after the assault on the Capitol of last January 6.
Biden’s first act in Washington will take place this Tuesday afternoon starting at 5:00 p.m. (22:00 GMT), when he and Harris will participate in a tribute ceremony for the victims of COVID-19 in the country, where the pandemic has already left more than 400,000 dead.
In this ceremony, the outline of the reflecting pool located in front of the Lincoln Memorial, one of the most iconic of the capital and where Martin Luther King gave his famous speech ‘I have a dream’ (‘I have a dream’) in 1963.
Biden will take office as president of the United States this Wednesday at 12.00 (17.00 GMT), in a ceremony on the Capitol with little public and under strict security measures. EFE