PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, 78, becomes the 46th United State of America’s president. He was sworn-in, Wednesday, January 20, 2021, along with his running mate, Kamala Harris, 56, as Vice President. The first woman to become vice president in the United State.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, won US presidential election of November 3, 2020. The official inauguration ceremony took place at the US Capitol. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, performed President Biden’s inauguration.
In his inaugural speech, Biden stimulated fresh hope in Americans, with messages of reassurances and hope for the politically divided America, under Trump’s administration. He said “I will be a president for all Americans”, both to those who voted for him and those who did not vote for him.
“We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal. We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts, if we show a little tolerance and humility, and if we’re willing to stand in the other person’s shoes, as my mom would say. Just for a moment, stand in their shoes
“Fellow Americans, moms, dads, sons, daughters, friends, neighbours and co-workers. We will honour them by becoming the people and the nation we can and should be. So, I ask you let’s say a silent prayer for those who lost their lives, those left behind and for our country. Amen.
In a further reassuring notes, Biden stated: “Folks, it’s a time of testing. We face an attack on our democracy, and on truth, a raging virus, a stinging inequity, systemic racism, a climate in crisis, America’s role in the world. Any one of these would be enough to challenge us in profound ways. But the fact is we face them all at once, presenting this nation with one of the greatest responsibilities we’ve had. Now we’re going to be tested. Are we going to step up?
“And together we will write an American story of hope, not fear. Of unity not division, of light not darkness. A story of decency and dignity, love and healing, greatness and goodness. May this be the story that guides us. The story that inspires us. And the story that tells ages yet to come that we answered the call of history, we met the moment. Democracy and hope, truth and justice, did not die on our watch but thrive” President Biden stated.
Guests at the ceremony were former President Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, among others. Outgoing Vice President Mike Pence was present; while Donald Trump left Washington, three hours before Biden was sworn-in. Trump is the first American president to skip the inauguration of his successor in more than 150 years.