The eyes of the world were on Wilmington Saturday night as former Vice President and Delaware U.S.Sen. Joe Biden took to the stage of the Chase Center on the Riverfront.
The festivities got underway around the world after the election desks of TV networks and the Associated Press called Pennsylvania in favor of Biden who was born in the Keystone State.
The night kicked off with remarks by Biden’s running mate U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, the first woman vice president-elect as well as the first person of Jamaican and South Indian descent to ascend to the post.
Harris acknowledged being the first woman to hold high office but added that she would not be the last.
Both talked about uniting a sharply divided nation at .a time when many supporters of President Donald Trump continue to believe that the election was stolen and the new administration faced the strong possibility that the Senate will remain under Republican control. Trump demonstrators held demonstrations in state capitals that claimed the race was not over.
Biden’s ties to Delaware remain deep. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Archmere Academy near his boyhood home in Claymont. The school of public policy at UD is named after the former vice president.
Biden largely chose to remain at his homes near Greenville and Rehoboth Beach during the pandemic-influenced election campaign. When it came time to celebrate his nomination and designation as president-elect, he chose Wilmington’s Chase Center on the Riverfront.
The conference and event center proved to be a dramatic backdrop for the festivities that included a fireworks display complete with drones. The event may be remembered for vehicle horns, rather than applause to mark key passages in speeches.