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Coming up this hour, President Biden delivered a message of national unity in his inaugural address this week. We'll get analysis of his words from an expert on presidential speeches and the president signs executive orders on his first day to affect US energy policy. I talk about it with leading energy expert Dan Jurgen plus the Biden administration's policy on China. How different will it be? I ask Elizabeth economy from Stanford and antitrust enforcement gets a new regime under a new president. I talked to the outgoing and a trust chief, Macon del Rahim, for his take on what he accomplished and what is left to be done. But first Joe Biden was sworn in this week as the 46th, president of the United States. In his inaugural address, He delivered a message of unity and can working together to meet the challenges we face as a nation and overcome the challenges in front of us requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy. Unity requires us to come together in common love that defines us as Americans for reaction to the president's address and how it compares to past speeches. Bloomberg contributors. Jeannie Shawn's A. No and Rick Davis draw. In May and talking to Barbara Perry, director of presidential studies at the University of Virginia's Miller Center. I thought that was artfully done, I would say that it won't then. Threads from Lincoln and FDR and John Kennedy. I'm not sure it will rival their inaugural addresses. They're usually considered the top in among the top five in terms of the rhetoric that's involved, But what really struck me was the spirituality of it that you have. First of all the The now president, starting his day with a Catholic Mass is only the second Catholic president on then you have his his priest who talked about and quoted Pope Francis about how we must dream together because if we're isolated, we tend to see Mirages. And then I thought that the spirituality theme was picked up by the print now president with his reference to his own soul, where he said, I pledge my whole soul. To meet the challenges that we face and that tied so well into his announcement of his candidacy, in which he said after Charlottesville he knew he had to run in order to restore America's soul. It's such a great point, and even over and above that President Biden Quoted ST Augusta and saying I was a scene from his church. And actually head injury bother heads in a silent prayer for the country. I don't remember the last time Ah, President did that. It may have happened other than a prayer breakfast, but I don't remember it. I certainly don't remember one in an inaugural address s O give us a sense over all of these inaugural addresses. Barbara from your perspective, What do they have meant to accomplish or what can be accomplished? How much of this substance How much of this style? Oh, it's always both as as all of our politics happened to be, especially in the modern media era. But I would say that they're meant to present that peaceful transition of power s. Oh, they're meant to show that they're meant to symbolize unity, bringing the country together if if they can, and they're meant to provide in times of severe challenge, as in 18 61 is an 18 64. And certainly in 1933 with FDR. They're meant to provide comfort and aid to the American people and to say here I am the new president. I'm going to work on these challenges, and together we can overcome them. Presbury. I wanted to ask you about sort of the tone. There was a lot of sort of dark Irish messaging around this with the discussions of the light and the dark. I felt I was reading an old, you know, Irish novel or something. And how much I mean, I my impression, and you would be a better judge was this was pretty personal speech that he gave that I didn't feel like Riders missed the person here, and sometimes they do. No, I think that's absolutely right. He didn't tend to become tearful would certainly in mode, and actually, this is more like the bushes. The Bushes were well known both father and son and a whole family forgetting tearful on and after four years of the president who didn't vote at all about anything, either happily or sadly, I found myself becoming ver can't clamp just even seen Joe Biden? Take the oath of office. So I think that Bill Clinton helped to make his career by dealing people's pain, telling them that he did and genuinely feeling their pain. I think Joe Biden, as he said in this inaugural address. I thought this was very poignant where he said in effect. You never know what fate is going to deal you and we all know his story and we know fate has dealt him. Really bad hands over the years. So there was this triumph I thought of his overcoming that but being able to say to the people I can empathize with you. I empathize with you families. You 400,000 families who've lost people to the virus. You know my story and I will help the whole country to overcome this professor period wanted to ask you for all the talk of unity and I thought, you know, President bite and I've got to get used to saying that Was sober about the reality that people may look, you know, suspect at that at this moment, What do you think His next steps are in terms of actually achieving that with the enormous agenda, beginning with immigration in the stimulus bill? Well, it will be hard to be sure, but he think is following in the footsteps of FDR, who said in his inaugural in addition to We have nothing to fear but fear itself but also said Americans need and want action and action. We will give them And that is what we will see from Joe Biden in this avalanche of executive orders, which has now become the norm in new presidencies, because our legislative system is it's so gridlock. I'm not convinced that hey, can find unity. It won't be easy, and I think if anybody can succeed He can, thanks to Barbara Perry from the University of Virginia's Miller Center, coming up the Biden administration's policy on China. How different will it be? I ask Elizabeth economy from Stanford. That's next. You're.