Experts say Biden's inaugural address had folksy tone, direct message and phrase that will be remembered: 'uncivil war'

President Joe Biden acknowledged the “uncivil war” festering in the United States in his first address Wednesday, but did so in a way that largely avoided the pessimism of his predecessor’s “American carnage.”

That was the assessment of political scientists, former speech writers, language and history experts who took in Biden’s speech along with millions of other Americans distanced physically from Washington, D.C., by a pandemic, but rapt because of the political turmoil that has kicked off 2021.

“He didn’t sugarcoat anything, but he did it in a very positive way,” said Hal Spencer, a former reporter and speech writer for Washington Govs. Gary Locke and Christine Gregoire.


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