Published: 21st January 2021
Joe Biden's inaugural speech was written by Indian-American from Telangana, Vinay Reddy
Reddy serves as a speechwriter on the Biden-Harris Transition and was the Senior Advisor and Speechwriter for the Biden-Harris Campaign
US President Joe Biden's powerful inaugural speech, penned by Vinay Reddy, has received glowing tributes for its meticulous crafting and emphasis on the importance of democracy, unity and hope in the midst of challenging times.
Reddy — an Indian-American from Telangana who wrote the speech that outlined Biden's goals for his administration, focusing on healing from the current state of division in national politics — has been praised for his calming and inspiring words.
Michael Beschloss, a presidential historian, described Biden's inaugural speech as modest, austere, grave, calming, cleansing and inspiring in a tweet, while other commentators and media columnists said the president gave the speech the moment demanded.
"Biden's speech is about appealing to our better angels', history, faith, and reason', dignity', respect', unity'. It's literally a rebuttal to Trump's 'American carnage' Inaugural address," journalist Matt Fuller tweeted.
"Joe Biden gave the speech the moment demanded. Well done, Time magazine columnist David French tweeted.
"Biden is meeting the moment hereby being direct about the challenges we face, the gaslighting, the viciousness and the need to come together. Hell of a speech, said Tommy Vietor, former NSC spokesman for President Obama said.
Last month, Biden named his long-time associate Reddy as his speechwriter.
Reddy serves as a speechwriter on the Biden-Harris Transition and was the Senior Advisor and Speechwriter for the Biden-Harris Campaign.
He previously served as chief speechwriter to former Vice President Biden in the second term of the Obama-Biden White House, after which, he worked as Vice President of Strategic Communications at the National Basketball Association.
During the Obama-Biden administration, he also served as a senior speechwriter at the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services, deputy speechwriter for the Obama-Biden re-election campaign, and speechwriter for his home state Senator, Sherrod Brown of Ohio.
Reddy grew up in Dayton, Ohio, the second one of the three sons in an immigrant family and is a product of Ohio public schools from kindergarten to Miami University to The Ohio State University College of Law.
He currently lives in New York with his wife and their two daughters.