Jon Meacham, the presidential historian and biographer, helped draft President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr.’s speeches, according to various sources, including writing the award acceptance speech. Mr. Biden spoke on Saturday night from Wilmington. .
In that speech, Mr. Biden spoke about the mission of ‘rebuilding the soul of America, rebuilding the backbone of this country, the middle class and making America respected again around the world. . ̵6; Mr. Meacham’s 2018 book, ‘The Soul of America: Our War for the Better Angels,’ has long been a background to Mr. Biden, who read it and had previously contacted with Mr. Meacham to discuss passages he likes.
Mr. Biden’s speech writing process is run by Mike Donilon, the president’s longtime adviser. But behind the scenes Mr. Meacham played a bigger role than was previously known, both writing manuscripts of speeches and providing edits on Mr. Biden’s many major addresses, including both the speech he gave in Gettysburg last month and his acceptance speech at the National Democratic Congress in August.