President Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress, at nearly one hour and five minutes, was historically long by modern standards, by C-SPAN’s count.
— CSPAN (@cspan) April 29, 2021
Biden was either cognizant of his speech’s record length or just being polite when he ended his speech, closing with the words: “Thank you for your patience.”
Biden has already modified the ubiquitous modern ending to presidential speeches — some variation of “Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America” — by swapping out God blessing America with the prayer: “May God protect our troops.” Thanking Congress — and viewers at home — for their patience is a new one. Not everyone loved it, but there was a general agreement he earned points for honesty.
“Thank you for your patience” is the most honest closing line of any presidential speech to a joint session of Congress I’ve ever heard.
— Olivier Knox (@OKnox) April 29, 2021
“Thank you for your patience” is the most honest way any president has ended an hour-long speech.
— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) April 29, 2021
“Thank you for your patience.”
A fitting end to Biden’s first address…
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) April 29, 2021
Biden concluded his roughly one hour five minute speech saying “thank you for your patience.”
I feel seen as the kids say.
— Daniel Strauss (@DanielStrauss4) April 29, 2021