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President Biden’s first national address came on the one year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic. His message came across with a warm tone, but didn’t make up for the lies being read off his teleprompter.

“We know what we need to do to beat this virus; tell the truth, follow the science, work together,” Biden said at one point.

A direct jab at Donald Trump without saying his name, but also not acknowledging the accomplishments made under the former president’s administration. Biden didn’t mention his predecessor by name, but his words were very clear as he laid blame for the country’s struggles with the Coronavirus pandemic at Trump’s feet.

“A year ago, we were hit with a virus that was met with silence and spread unchecked, denials for days, weeks, then months,” Biden said. “That led to more deaths, more infections, more stress and more loneliness.” At another point, Biden pulled out his mask and expressed amazement that it had been turned into a political statement.

“You’re owed nothing less than the truth,” Biden went on to say later in his speech. But it was those words he forgot himself. And  while the President seemed to be open and transparent, the grandstanding act was for political gain. Biden used his speech to summarize the events of the last year and remind the American people COVID-19 is still here. He also pointed toward a hopeful future, saying, “There is hope and light and better days ahead” almost handed to him by a Hollywood speechwriter.

The American people deserve the truth from their president and Biden never delivered on that Thursday night.

Listen to Pat’s thoughts on Biden’s speech below.