NEW YORK, November 26. / TASS /. Democrat Joseph Biden, who announced his victory in the US presidential elections, expressed confidence that the 21st century will be the "American century." He made the corresponding statement during a televised address to the Americans on the occasion of the holiday celebrated on Thursday – Thanksgiving Day. His speech was broadcast by CNN.
“No matter how hard this Thanksgiving is for us, we must dream big and we have a bright future,” he said. “I have never been as optimistic about America's future as I am now. I firmly believe that The 21st century will be the American century. "
"We will build a world leading economy, we will lead the world by the strength of our example, not by demonstrating our strength, we will be climate leaders and save the planet, we will develop treatments for cancer, Alzheimer's and diabetes, we will finally eradicate racism in our country, "the politician added.
Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday in the United States in 1863 by decision of the 16th president of the country, Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865). In 1941, the US Congress passed a resolution, according to which the holiday was celebrated every fourth Thursday in November. However, this tradition originated in 1621, when the first settlers from the Plymouth colony in the territory of the present state of Massachusetts, after the harvest, decided to give praise to the Lord. Local Indians were invited to the festive table, who brought with them an outlandish bird – a turkey, which has since become an invariable attribute of Thanksgiving Day.