And finally, Joe Biden was sworn as the 46th President of the United States. His deputy, Kamala Harris also took the oath as the new Vice President, becoming the first woman, Black person, and first Asian-American to serve in the position.
Biden said, “Here we stand days after a riotous mob thought they could silence the will of the people. It will not happen, not today, not tomorrow, not ever.” He pledged to be honest with the country as it continues to confront difficulties, saying leaders had an obligation to “defend the truth and defeat the lies”.
Telling that there was “no time to waste”, Biden signed a slew of orders to “change the course” of the Covid-19 pandemic, combat climate change and advance racial equity. Undoing Donald Trump’s legacy, he lifted the travel ban on 13 Muslim-majority and African countries; halted construction of the US-Mexico border wall; and directed officials to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), among other things.
After addressing as the new president he changed some of the rules placed by former President Donald Trump. Among his first actions were orders to mandate the wearing of masks on all federal property, rejoin the Paris climate accord and boost federal support for underserved communities.
Trump’s letter to Joe Biden:
The new President Biden also disclosed that Trump had written him a “generous” letter before departing from Washington. “The president wrote a very generous letter. Because it was private, I won’t talk about it until I talk to him. But it was generous,” he said.
Before leaving the White House, during his final address Trump had told the nation, “We love the American people and again it has been something very special. And I just want to say goodbye, but hopefully it’s not a long term goodbye. We’ll see each other again.”
Though this year’s inauguration was unlike any other in US history, the celebration still included the performances, tributes, and parades that we’re used to; however, it was before a small, socially distanced crowd in Washington DC.
Lady Gaga, who campaigned for Biden and Harris in November 2020 was the first to kickstart the ceremony by belting out a beautiful performance of the national anthem. Jennifer Lopez followed by performing a rendition of “This Land Is Your Land” on stage. On top of that, poet Amanda Gorman delivered a special poetry reading at the inauguration and, as a result, made history as the youngest inaugural poet in memory at age 22. After that, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, and more performed to commemorate the historic occasion.
To celebrate the occasion, all the main guests were seen exchanging fist bumps, Barack Obama fist-bumping Alex Rodriguez, to Vice President Harris exchanging bumps with Michelle Obama, the greetings were joyous and they were COVID-appropriate!