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America meets the future first and second families

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Both Joe Biden's and Kamala Harris's family eagerly greeted them on stage in Delaware Saturday night, celebrating the former vice president's victory in securing the 2020 presidential election. All wore masks except for Biden.

Jill Biden proudly held onto the president elect's arm and hand as they watched the celebratory fireworks and were pleasantly surprised by confetti launched in Wilmington. 

Following Biden's unifying speech, his son Robert Hunter Biden, 50, appeared on stage, carrying his seven-month-old son, reportedly named Beau, after his late brother.

Joe Biden greeted Hunter and little Beau, taking the baby and giving him a loving kiss on the head.

a group of people standing on a stage posing for the camera: Meet the First family: After a rousing celebratory speech, Joe Biden was joined by his family on stage. Biden's camp included (from 1-8) granddaughters Natalie Biden and Naomi Biden, grandson, daughter Ashley Blazer Biden, Hunter Biden, grandson Beau Biden, Melissa Biden and granddaughter Finnegan Biden

Meet the First family: After a rousing celebratory speech, Joe Biden was joined by his family on stage. Biden's camp included (from 1-8) granddaughters Natalie Biden and Naomi Biden, grandson, daughter Ashley Blazer Biden, Hunter Biden, grandson Beau Biden, Melissa Biden and granddaughter Finnegan Biden
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Hunter was accompanied by his South African-born wife Melissa, 34, who he married in May 2019 - six days after they met. 

Also joining Joe Biden on stage was the couple's only daughter, Ashley Blazer Biden and  Hunter's daughters Naomi and Finnegan. 

It was Hunter's daughter Naomi who, along with the rest of the family, told him he had the won the election when it was called for by at 11.25am Saturday. 

Naomi tweeted a picture of the moment they celebrated the end of a rollercoaster election and count, as in cities across America crowds took to the streets. 

a man wearing a suit and tie: US presidential nominee Joe Biden kisses a grandson Beau Biden after speaking at his election rally

US presidential nominee Joe Biden kisses a grandson Beau Biden after speaking at his election rally
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In addition to Hunter's children, Beau Biden's children Natalie Biden and Robert 'Hunter' Biden II were also in attendance for the celebrations.

Vice President elect Kamala Harris' camp included her husband Douglas Emhoff and her step-children Cole and Ella Emhoff. 

Harris's niece, entrepreneur Meena Harris, stood proudly with her aunt along with her two daughters.

 Biden  took to the stage in Wilmington, after being introduced by Kamala Harris, his vice-president elect, to cheers from a crowd who had driven in to hear him.

Biden called on Americans to come together after the election, making an appeal to Trump voters and offering a message of hope and sympathy to those who have suffered from the coronavirus pandemic and its resulting affect on the economy.

Two hours after Biden spoke, there began to be signs of movement in the White House, as CNN reported that Jared Kushner had told his father-in-law it was time to concede, ending speculation about who would have to tell the president that it was time to end tweet after tweet of denial and defiance and let the peaceful transition of power begin.

In his 15-minute speech Saturday, Biden thanked his supporters, particularly African American voters who gave him the Democratic nomination and turned out in the general election, along with his campaign staff.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: President-elect Joe Biden talks with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her family after speaking in Wilmington

President-elect Joe Biden talks with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her family after speaking in Wilmington
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Biden reached out to the 71 million people who voted for President Trump, vowing to be a president for the entire country and calling on the nation to heal.

'I said at the outset I wanted to represent this campaign to represent and look like America. We've done that. Now for all those of you who voted President Trump, I understand your disappointment tonight. I've lost a couple of times myself, but now let's give each other a chance,' he said as supporters honked their cars and cheered.

The 2020 presidential election was one of the most divisive in history. President Trump has yet to concede and vowed to launch of series of lawsuits in battleground states on Monday to contest the result.

But Biden said it was time to 'stop treating our opponents as our enemies.'

'It's time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again, and to make progress, we have to stop treating our opponents as our enemies. They are not our enemies. They are Americans. They are Americans. The bible tells us to everything there is a season, a time to build, a time to reap, and a time to sow and a time to heal,' he said.

'This is the time to heal in America,' he added. 'I will govern as an American president. I'll work as hard for those who didn't vote for me as those who did,' Biden vowed.

Biden – whose primary campaign was salvaged in large part by African American support in South Carolina and other states – gave a prominent shout-out to black supporters.

'The African American community stood up again for me. You've always had my back – and I'll have yours,' he said.

Biden, who will become the second Catholic president in American history, also made his faith a part of his message.

'We must restore the soul of America,' was a line he used many times in his campaign speeches and one he repeated in his first address as the president-elect.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: President-elect Joe Biden and Vice Preident-elect Kamala Harris, accompanied by their families, look at the fireworks

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice Preident-elect Kamala Harris, accompanied by their families, look at the fireworks
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The election was called for Biden at 11.25am Saturday morning by television networks and the Associated Press as he passed a 30,000 lead in Pennsylvania, an agonizing four days after the polls closed. 

CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, the AP and USA Today all made the call and Fox News followed suit 10 minutes later after Biden picked up more votes in Philadelphia, where officials had been working through mail-in ballots for days. 

Pennsylvania, with its 20 electoral college votes, finally pushed Biden over the line. Nevada was called for him shortly afterwards. Now, only Arizona, Alaska and North Carolina remain uncalled but none can alter the election outcome now. 

Within minutes of the call being made, spontaneous celebrations broke out in major cities as people cheered, danced and honked horns in the streets.

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