Tom Hanks narrates a new spot that marks the first year of Joe Biden’s presidency, which tries to reinforce the message that the country is on the right track.
The video is from Biden’s inaugural committee. The spot will air on broadcast and cable Thursday, then on digital platforms over the next week, with unspent funds the committee left over from last year, according to Axios.
The two-minute spot also comes amid falling poll numbers for Biden as Democrats scramble to salvage their midterm majorities this year. At a press conference on Wednesday, Biden outlined his administration’s accomplishments while acknowledging frustration and fatigue over Covid.
“We may be entering the third year of a pandemic that none of us wanted or expected, but we are moving forward,” says Hanks, who also makes a brief on-screen appearance.
Among other things, the spot features Sandra Lindsay, the first person to have received the Covid vaccine in the United States “Now, how many people are vaccinated? Over 200 million, right? That’s what keeps me going, that I can feel the change.
Hanks says, “We are strong. We are brave. We are resilient. We are America, land of the brave.
Biden appears at the end of the spot, telling viewers, “I’ve long said betting against America has never been a good bet, and that’s more true now than ever.”
Hanks appeared a year ago in a television special, Celebrating America, which took place the night of Biden’s inauguration.