President Joe Biden on Thursday pushed faith as the prescription for the “dark, dark times” he said the nation is suffering through amid an ongoing pandemic and the accompanying economic fallout.
“Now, I have attended many of these prayer breakfasts over the years with a nation at war and struggle and strife, a nation of peace and prosperity, a nation though always in prayer. What we know this time is different,” Biden told the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, listing off events of the past year, including the pandemic death toll, severe weather, high unemployment, and long lines at food banks. “For so many in our nation, this is a dark, dark time. So, where do we turn? Faith.”
Biden, the second Catholic ever to serve as president, emphasized political unity at a time when many are in need. “These are not Democrats or Republicans going hungry in our nation. They are our fellow Americans, fellow human beings. They aren’t Democrats or Republicans going without healthcare in America. They’re our fellow Americans.”