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Joe Biden: Acceptance Speech for Democratic Party Presidential Nomination

Joe Biden has delivered his acceptance speech following his official nomination by the Democratic Party as its candidate for President at the 2020 election.

The party’s nominating convention was due to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but the coronavirus pandemic forced its abandonment. Biden’s speech was delivered by video during a two-hour televised broadcast.

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Transcript of Joe Biden’s speech accepting the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party.

Good evening.

Ella Baker, a giant of the civil rights movement, left us with this wisdom: Give people light and they will find a way.

Give people light. Those are words for our time.

The current president has cloaked America in darkness for much too long. Too much anger. Too much fear. Too much division.

Here and now, I give you my word: If you entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us not the worst. I will be an ally of the light not of the darkness. [Read more…]


Michelle Obama: Speech to the Democratic Party Convention

Michelle Obama has delivered a stirring speech to the Democratic Party Convention, a call to “the chorus of history” to defeat Donald Trump in this year’s presidential election.

Obama, wife of the 44th President, Barack Obama, pulled together the threads of the argument against Trump. “Being President doesn’t change who you are, it reveals who you are,” she told the convention in her video address. “He cannot meet this moment.”

Obama said: “If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can, and they will, if we don’t make a change in this election… We have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it.”

The Democratic convention was scheduled to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but the coronavirus pandemic has made it largely a virtual convention.

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Official transcript of Michelle Obama’s speech to the Democratic Party Convention.

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Good evening, everyone. It’s a hard time, and everyone’s feeling it in different ways. And I know a lot of folks are reluctant to tune into a political convention right now or to politics in general. Believe me, I get that. But I am here tonight because I love this country with all my heart, and it pains me to see so many people hurting.

I’ve met so many of you. I’ve heard your stories. And through you, I have seen this country’s promise. And thanks to so many who came before me, thanks to their toil and sweat and blood, I’ve been able to live that promise myself. [Read more…]


Articles Of Impeachment Against Trump Released

Democratic Party leaders in the United States House of Representatives have released two Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump.

Both articles allege abuse of power by the president. The first alleges that Trump corruptly solicited election assistance from the government of Ukraine by demanding investigations that would smear his political rivals. The Democrats allege that Trump used $391 million in security assistance as leverage.

The second article charges that Trump threatened the constitutional rights of the House of Representatives through across-the-board defiance of subpoenas for testimony and documents.

The draft articles will now be submitted to the Judiciary Committee of the House for consideration. The committee can amend the articles and decide whether to submit them to the full House for a vote. If passed, the president will be impeached and a trial will take place in the Senate.

The full text of the Articles of Impeachment is shown below:

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President Donald Trump Addresses A Joint Session Of Congress: “A New Chapter Of American Greatness Is Now Beginning”

President Donald Trump has addressed a joint session of the United States Congress, undertaking to deliver on his campaign promises. The soaring speech has been described by some commentators as marking the moment Trump assumed the mantle of the presidency.

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Trump maintained his commitment to repealing the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – and reiterated many of his election campaign themes to “drain the swamp” in Washington DC.

Trump said “ninety-four million Americans are out of the labour force”. He outlined a one trillion dollar infrastructure program he will submit to Congress. He said: “I believe strongly in free trade but it also has to be FAIR TRADE.” He said his motto would be to “buy American and hire American”.

The president reiterated his commitment to building a “great wall” along the border with Mexico. He lauded the process of “extreme vetting” of immigrants.

Trump committed himself to America’s allies, “but our partners must meet their financial obligations”.

The speech offered no proposals on spending or taxation, or on deficit reduction. Trump said his economic team was working on “historic reform” to taxation and he pledged a big reduction in company tax.

Trump honoured the widow of a Navy Seal, William “Ryan” Owens, killed in a raid in Yemen. He said, “Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero –- battling against terrorism and securing our Nation.” The tribute led to an unprecedentedly lengthy standing ovation for Carryn Owens.

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Prepared text of President Donald Trump’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress.

TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and Citizens of America:

Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our Nation’s path toward civil rights and the work that still remains. Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms. [Read more…]


President Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address

Following his swearing-in as the 45th President at noon on January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump delivered his inaugural address.

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Prepared text of President Donald Trump’s inaugural address.

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: Thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.

Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.

We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.

Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. [Read more…]


President Barack Obama’s Final Weekly Address: The Honor Of Serving You As President

President Barack Obama has delivered his final weekly address, one week before leaving the White House

Obama spoke of the honor of serving as president for two terms. He said he remained optimistic about America’s future.

The 44th President urged Americans to engage in citizenship: “But we can’t take our democracy for granted. All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into the work of citizenship. Not just when there’s an election, not just when our own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime. If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try to talk with one in real life.”

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Transcript of President Barack Obama’s final weekly address.

This week, I travelled to Chicago to deliver my final farewell address to the nation, following in the tradition of Presidents before me. It was an opportunity to say thank you. Whether we’ve seen eye-to-eye or rarely agreed at all, my conversations with you, the American people – in living rooms and schools; at farms and on factory floors; at diners and on distant military outposts – are what have kept me honest, kept me inspired, and kept me going. Every day, I learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man. [Read more…]


Keating Warns Against Tillerson’s South China Sea Adventurism

Former prime minister Paul Keating has criticised remarks by the US Secretary of State-designate, Rex Tillerson, regarding what he terms “adventurism” over the South China Sea.

Keating issued a statement following remarks by Tillerson at his confirmation hearings in Washington DC. Tillerson said that a “signal” should be sent to China over its access to islands in the South China Sea. He said that American allies should be there to “show back-up”.

Keating says Australia should have no part of such adventurism, as it should have had no part in the Iraq war 15 years ago.

Statement by Paul Keating.

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President-Elect Donald Trump’s Press Conference

President-elect Donald Trump has held his first major press conference since the election.

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The press conference took place in New York City. Its ostensible purpose was for Trump to announce that his two sons would take control of his business interests whilst he is president.

Trump clashed with journalists during the press conference. Questions were asked about Russian interference in the election and about conflicts of interest confronting Trump.

Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President on January 20.

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President Barack Obama’s Farewell Address

Barack Obama has delivered his farewell address, ten days before he leaves office after serving two consecutive terms as the 44th President of the United States.

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Speaking in Chicago, Obama finished where he began in the 2008 election campaign, exhorting his supporters “to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written: Yes we can.”

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Prepared transcript of President Barack Obama’s farewell address.

It’s good to be home. My fellow Americans, Michelle and I have been so touched by all the well-wishes we’ve received over the past few weeks. But tonight it’s my turn to say thanks. Whether we’ve seen eye-to-eye or rarely agreed at all, my conversations with you, the American people – in living rooms and schools; at farms and on factory floors; at diners and on distant outposts – are what have kept me honest, kept me inspired, and kept me going. Every day, I learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.

I first came to Chicago when I was in my early twenties, still trying to figure out who I was; still searching for a purpose to my life. It was in neighborhoods not far from here where I began working with church groups in the shadows of closed steel mills. It was on these streets where I witnessed the power of faith, and the quiet dignity of working people in the face of struggle and loss. This is where I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to demand it.

After eight years as your President, I still believe that. And it’s not just my belief. It’s the beating heart of our American idea – our bold experiment in self-government. [Read more…]


Meryl Streep On Donald Trump: “Disrespect Invites Disrespect”

Meryl Streep has excoriated Donald Trump at the 2017 Golden Globe awards ceremony in Hollywood.

Speaking twelve days before Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President, Streep referred to Trump’s characterisation of a disabled reporter and said that “disrespect invites disrespect”.

“The instinct to humiliate, when it’s modelled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful – it filters down into everybody’s life, because it gives permission for other people to do the same thing.”

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Speech by Meryl Streep at the 2017 Golden Globes Awards.

Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Please sit down. Please sit down. Thank you. I love you all, but you’ll have to forgive me, I’ve lost my voice in screaming and lamentation this weekend, and I have lost my mind sometime earlier this year so I have to read. [Read more…]