Biden speaks at black church; bishop praises president as 'the man we need'

President Joe Biden spoke at a predominantly African-American church in Pennsylvania on Sunday, where the church's leader called him the “man we need” and praised the Democratic Party as the “party of law.”

During remarks at Mount Airy Church of God in Christ in Philadelphia sunday serviceBiden said he has “never been more optimistic about the future of America” ​​as long as “we stick together.”

“Our purpose is to serve others,” Biden said. “We are all created equal in God's image and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect throughout our lives. We have never fully lived up to it, but we have never fully departed from it either.”

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Biden talked about leading the country through the COVID-19 pandemic, his efforts to eliminate student loan debt and boasted about his administration seeing the lowest unemployment rate for African Americans since the 1970s.

“We just have to work together,” Biden said, receiving cheers and applause, adding that “we have to bring back dignity and hope in America” ​​and “we have to bring America back together again.”

The church celebrated Biden's speech, explaining in a Facebook post that the congregation was “honored to welcome President Biden to our church this morning.”

“His message of unity and hope resonated deeply with our congregation as we continue to pray for the healing of our nation. We are grateful for his leadership and commitment to serving all Americans,” stated Mount Airy.

Biden's visit to the church comes after many within his own party and establishment news media called on him to drop out of the presidential race because of his widely criticized performance in his first debate against Republican challenger Donald Trump and questions about his health.

Bishop J. Louis Felton prayed that God would renew Biden's mind, body and spirit, saying that Biden is the “man we need in these times. [perilous] times.”

“Father, I remember a sticker on an elderly car that said: 'I may be slow, but I am ahead of you,'” the bishop said. “Use our president. Use his experience. Use his disabilities and be glorified in his life.”

Earlier in his remarks, Felton said he wasn't sure why people wanted to make an “issue” of Biden's “stuttering condition and not being able to get words out at certain times while another person is lying fluently, and you never challenged his lies. .”

He pushed back against remarks former President Trump made during the presidential debate last month about his comments about the 2017 Charlottesville, Virginia, white supremacist rally and the 2021 US Capitol riot.

“You're not the party of law,” Felton said in response to Trump before apparently praising the Democratic Party. “We are right. We are the party of law. We are the party of respect. We are the party of reconciliation. We have the big tent. We have true love for America.”

Felton also responded to secular critics who questioned why the president gave a speech at the church “in as much as there is such a thing as separation of church and state.”

“We are firm believers in separation of church and state,” he said. “We're separated but we're not divorced. Because we're not divorced, we still have visitation rights. The president is allowed to be here.”

During a private call among Democratic members of the US House of Representatives on Sunday, several members of Congress called for Biden to end his re-election campaign, Politico reported. reported

Those on the call who wanted Biden to retire included Jerry Nadler of New York, Adam Smith of Washington state, Mark Takano of California and Joe Morelle of New York.

Biden, who had already received enough votes during the Democratic Primary season to secure the party's nomination, did not withdraw his presidential candidacy.

In a Wednesday meeting with about 20 Democratic governors, the 81-year-old Biden said he needed more sleep and to work fewer hours. When Biden was pressed about the call about his health, three sources who spoke to The New York Times recalled that Biden said he was in good health but suggested “It's just my brain.”

Sen. John Fetterman of Pennsylvania is among congressional Democrats who continue to support Biden, arguing that a single debate should not define the incumbent.

“I don't want to throw out a great president, a decent man and a loving father after 50 years in public service, during a 90-minute debate.” tweeted Fetterman. “To respond with disorder, panic and disloyalty is not meeting this moment.”

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