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Pelosi, Schumer tap 'informal' Biden advisor to 'establish and preserve' Jan. 6 narrative

Historian Jon Meacham helped write some of President Biden's speeches during the 2020 campaign as well as his inaugural address

Published: January 6, 2022 1:16pm

Updated: January 6, 2022 4:25pm

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer participated in an event on Thursday to "establish and preserve" the narrative of the Jan. 6 riot, which featured a historian who has personal and professional connections to President Biden.

Historian Jon Meacham, who publicly endorsed Biden in the 2020 election, helped write some of Biden's campaign speeches as well as his inaugural address.

Meacham also delivered a speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2020. 

The Guardian described Meacham as "an occasional informal adviser to the U.S. president and contributor to some of his major speeches including the inaugural address."

Axios referred to him as Biden's "historical muse."

Meacham was reportedly an MSNBC on-air contributor until his involvement in the Biden campaign was publicly revealed in the press.

In May 2021, Meacham described Biden as "an upside down iceberg.”

“You see most of it and that’s not spin: there’s just not a lot of mystery to Joe Biden. The last four or five minutes of his press conference in the East Room [on 25 March] when he talked about democracy and autocracy, that was pretty much it," Meacham said.

Meacham recently praised first lady Jill Biden, saying the president is "incredibly lucky" to have her as a partner in the White House.

During the event, Pelosi thanked Meacham for "informally advising" Biden. 

Director/actor Lin Manuel Miranda and singers from the musical "Hamilton" performed via video at the event with Pelosi, Schumer and Meacham. Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden moderated a conversation with Meacham at the event after Pelosi and Schumer's remarks.

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