Biden Lectures Americans on Importance of Unity 1 Day After Scolding the Unvaccinated


President Joe Biden on Friday delivered remarks touting unity the day before the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Those comments came just a day after he scolded millions of Americans for declining to get vaccinated, telling them “your refusal has cost all of us.”

“Unity is what makes us who we are — America at its best,” Biden said in pre-recorded remarks posted on social media. “To me, that’s the central lesson of Sept. 11.

“It’s that at our most vulnerable, in the push and pull of all that makes us human, in the battle for the soul of America, unity is our greatest strength.

“Unity doesn’t mean we have to believe the same thing. But we must have a fundamental respect and faith in each other and in this nation,” he said.

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Biden also referred to the national unity seen in the days after 9/11 — unity that has since been strained.

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“We saw a national unity bend, and we learned that unity is the one thing that must never break,” he said.

Some found the words difficult to reconcile with comments Biden had made the day before.

On Thursday, the president lashed out at the millions of Americans who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine while announcing a vaccine mandate for all businesses with more than 100 employees.

“My message to unvaccinated Americans is this: What more is there to wait for? What more do you need to see?” Biden asked in a speech from the White House.

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“The vaccine has FDA approval. Over 200 million Americans have gotten at least one shot,” he said.

Biden’s next comments were anything but unifying.

“We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin,” he warned. “And your refusal has cost all of us.”

Biden called on unvaccinated Americans to “do the right thing.”

“But just don’t take it from me; listen to the voices of unvaccinated Americans who are lying in hospital beds, taking their final breaths, saying, ‘If only I had gotten vaccinated.’”

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Johnathan Jones has worked as a reporter, an editor, and producer in radio, television and digital media.
Johnathan "Kipp" Jones has worked as an editor and producer in radio and television. He is a proud husband and father.