Joseph Robinette Biden Jr took workplace on Wednesday because the 46th US president, calling for an “end (to) this uncivil war” in a rousing speech that was geared toward uniting a rustic bitterly divided by his predecessor Donald Trump, and assist it overcome challenges posed by Covid-19 pandemic, mistrust of one another, and “a culture in which facts themselves are manipulated, and even manufactured”.
On a chilly and blustery morning on the US Capitol, Kamala Harris was sworn in as Vice-President earlier than Biden, marking a sequence of firsts that can safe her a singular place in American historical past as the primary girl, African American and American of Indian, South Asian and Asian descent ever elected to the excessive workplace that can put her only a heartbeat away from the presidency. She was administered the oath by Sonia Sotomayor, the primary Latina Supreme Court justice.
“Today we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause; the cause of democracy, the people, the will of the people, has been heard,” Biden mentioned after being sworn into workplace by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. “On this hallowed ground just a few days ago, violence sought to shake the Capitol’s very foundation. We come together as one nation, under God, indivisible, to carry out the peaceful transfer of power. As we have for more than two centuries.”
The president mentioned, “We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, and conservative versus liberal. We can do this. If we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts. If we show a little tolerance and you really need. 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.”
In a message to the world, President Biden mentioned: “America has been tested, and we’ve come out stronger for it.”
He promised to “repair our alliances” and have interaction with the world as soon as once more, to not face yesterday’s challenges, however immediately’s and tomorrow’s challenges”.
Biden’s inauguration was nothing like all earlier than. It happened amid unprecedented safety with greater than 25,000 National Guard troops deployed throughout the US Capitol and the White House, with army automobiles, tall wire fences and concrete blocks turning downtown Washington DC right into a fortress, in anticipation of “armed protests by pro-Trump supporters who had on January 6 stormed the US Capitol, fired up by Trump’s false claims of election fraud.
The Trumps did not attend the inauguration. They were on their way to their adoptive home state of Florida before the ceremony got underway. Former presidents and first ladies Barack Obama and Michelle Obama , George W Bush and Laura Bush and Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton attended the event. Former President Jimmy Carter and Rosalyn Carter did not attend, as they are staying away from public events in recent months because of their advance age and Covid-19. Former Vice-President Dick Cheney and wife Lynne Cheney were also invited but were unable to attend on their doctors’ advice.
Trump and Melania Trump took their last ride out of White House on Marne One, the presidential helicopter, at 8:00 am local time as scheduled, not honouring a long-running transfer-of-power ritual of welcoming their successors, President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden. Trump did leave a note for Biden on the Resolute Desk, respecting one part of the ritual at least.
In a farewell speech at a military base outside Washington DC, Trump spoke of his achievements and boasted of his 75 million votes in an election he lost convincingly to Biden, by 232-306 in electoral college votes and 7 million in popular votes, which he has refused to acknowledge.
“I will be watching; I will be listening. And I will tell you that the future of this country has never been better,” Trump mentioned to a modestly attended occasion, skipped by most Republicans leaders, together with Vice-President Pence, who have been principally all at Biden’s inauguration.
“I wish the new administration, great luck and great success. I think they’ll have great success. They have the foundation to do something really spectacular. And again, we put it in a position like it’s never been before.”
“We love you,” he mentioned in conclusion. “We will be back in some form.”
But the facility capital was already coming collectively, with probably the most divisive US presidents out of the best way. Congressional Republican leaders Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy joined Biden and Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer and at a prayer service earlier than the inauguration, after which attended the swearing-in. Vice-President Mike Pence attended the inauguration in addition to did Ted Cruz, one of many main Republican senators to problem Biden’s election.
Biden will get all the way down to work straight away, and is anticipated to signal round a dozen govt orders, which his chief of workers Ronald Klain has mentioned, return the United States to the Paris Agreement on local weather change and rescind a journey ban on nationals from sure Muslim-majority international locations, reversing a few of Trump most controversial orders.
Biden may also situation an order mandating masks on federal property and interstate transport, in what has been known as a “100 Day Mask Challenge”.
Biden arrived from Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday, and headed to a solemn memorial service on the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool for individuals who died within the Covid-19 pandemic. “To heal, we must remember. And it is hard sometimes to remember, but that’s how we heal,” Biden mentioned briefly remarks, including, “It is important to do that as a nation.”
“Between sundown and dusk, let us shine the lights in the darkness along this sacred pool of reflection and remember all who we have lost,” he mentioned.
The Biden inauguration committee, which organised the memorial, put in 400 lights across the pool, every representing 1,000 Covid-19 deaths. They have been lit as Biden and Harris spoke.
Iconic buildings exterior Washington DC, such because the Empire State Building in New York and the Space Needle in Seattle have been illuminated equally as have been others throughout the nation.
At a short occasion in Wilmington, Delaware, earlier than beginning for Washington DC, the president-elect bought emotional talking about his journey up to now and his eldest son Beau Biden who died of mind most cancers in 2015.
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