Oprah Reacts to Biden and Harris's Election: "The Soul of America Gets a Reset"
- On November 7, former Vice President Joe Biden was elected the 46th president of the United States, with Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice president-elect.
- After they both gave moving acceptance speeches, Oprah took to Twitter to share her reaction, including a reminder from the late Maya Angelou.
"Beyond all the policy issues that will matter most in the future—the economy, climate change, healthcare, Social Security, education—what's really at stake are civility, decency, humanity," she wrote. "The hatred that’s been unleashed will take some reckoning to overcome."
Now, with the election of former vice president Joe Biden as our nation's next president, Oprah believes that we have taken a step in that direction. After President-elect Biden and his Vice President-elect Kamala Harris gave moving acceptance speeches in Wilmington, Delaware on the evening of November 7th, Oprah took to Twitter to share her reaction.
"And so we RISE as Maya would remind us," she wrote, nodding to "Still I Rise," the famed poem by her friend and late writer Maya Angelou. "Character rises. Decency rises. The Soul of America gets a reset. And it starts now: #BidenHarris 🇺🇸"
And so we RISE as Maya would remind us. Character rises. Decency rises. The Soul of America gets a reset. And it starts now: #BidenHarris 🇺🇸— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) November 8, 2020
In October, Oprah invited the now President-elect to take part in a town hall for OWN's "OWN Your Vote" campaign. Biden joined the call with Oprah, who was speaking with Mildred Madison, a 94-year-old voter. Madison went viral when her son drove her 600 miles from Illinois—where she has been living during the pandemic—to Michigan so she could vote during the state's early voting period.
"You're so inspiring...hearing your story gives me that extra boost of hope and energy and optimism for the country," Biden told Madison, noting that she reminded him of his own mother. "I've said we’re in a battle for the soul of America. You are the soul of America. You're everything we stand for."
In a separate town hall, Oprah also took to Zoom with Kamala Harris in a joint event with her sorority, Alpha Kapa Alpha (AKA) and an audience of members of other historically Black sororities Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta. On the call, Harris surprised her sorority sisters with an appearance.
"Think of your vote representing you, representing your family, representing the ancestors, and also representing people around the country," she said.
As for our team here at OprahMag.com, we're joining our O of O in celebrating the rise of decency. Congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris!
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