(CNSNews.com) - Former Vice President Joe Biden, running for president once again, told a gathering in Iowa Thursday that ever since the nation's founding, presidents and patriots have marked the Fourth of July by reflecting on the "greater meaning" of "this American experiment."
Biden quoted a few of America's most famous presidents, praising their pursuit of "liberty," then he turned to the current occupant of the White House:
You know, what I wonder -- what will Donald Trump say this evening? I mean, I'm being sincere. When he speaks to the nation at an event designed more to stroke his ego than celebrate American ideals.
Will he speak to the example America must set for the rest of the world and we have set in the past? Or will he offer a robust defense of democratic values as other presidents always have to strengthen our times of crisis?
We all know the answer to that. Donald Trump, I believe, is incapable of celebrating what makes America great because I don't think he gets it.
Hours later, under rainy skies on the Mall, President Trump did indeed celebrate what makes America great.
In his nonpartisan speech, Trump hailed some of the patriots and inventors who made this country what it is. He told stories of military bravery and heroism, pausing for flyovers from each branch of the military, including a roaring B-2 bomber.
Here's a bit of Trump's speech:
As we gather this evening in the joy of freedom, we remember that all share a truly extraordinary heritage. Together, we are part of one of the greatest stories ever told, the story of America.
It is the epic tale of a great nation whose people have risked everything for what they know is right and what they know is true. It is the chronicle of brave citizens who never give up on the dream of a better and brighter future, and it is the saga of 13 separate colonies that united to form the most just and virtuous republic ever conceived.
On this day 243 years ago, our founding fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to declare Independence and defend our God-given rights.
Thomas Jefferson wrote the words that forever changed the course of humanity. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
With a single sheet of parchment and 56 signatures, America began the greatest political journey in human history...
Trump told the cheering crowd, "Americans love our freedom, and no one will ever take it away from us."
He continued: "That same American spirit that emboldened our Founders has kept us strong throughout our history. To this day, that spirit runs through the veins of every American patriot. It lives on in each and every one of you here today.
"It is the spirit-- daring, and defiance, excellence and adventure, courage and confidence, loyalty and love that built this country into the most exceptional nation in the history of the world, and our nation is stronger today than it ever was before...."
Back in Iowa, Biden recited the familiar Democrat litany of various injustices heaped on the middle class and the working class:
"We have to take on the inequities of our system that are causing too many today in America and around the world to question their faith in the ability of democracies to deliver for them. It's not enough to be for political equality. We have to be for economic fairness as well.
"It's not enough to be against the way Donald Trump conducts himself. Everybody knows who Donald Trump is. Even his supporters know who he is -- the way he insults the dignity of women, poor people, immigrants and LGBTQ individuals.
"We have to be against his policies that are further entrenching economic inequity in this nation in addition.
"Because quite frankly, Trump's policies are literally rigging the system against the middle class and the working class. The bottom's falling out...”
And so it went, as Americans in Iowa listened to what's wrong with Trump's America -- and Americans on the Mall listened to Trump tell them what's so right.