Joe Biden: We Can Do Great Things
46th President of the United States took office
Democrat Joe Biden, who was one of the most important players in American political life for almost half a century, took office as the 46th President of the United States.
Biden, 78, became the country’s oldest leader after serving 36 years as a senator and eight years as vice president. He took the presidential oath of office, vowing to uphold the U.S. Constitution and defend the country from all enemies – external and internal.
Kamala Harris, a former California Senator who became the first woman to serve as Vice President, was sworn in shortly before..
The ceremony was attended by three former presidents, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, but the outgoing head of state, Donald Trump, ignored the 152-year tradition and did not participate in the inauguration of his successor..
This year’s inauguration ceremony was smaller than usual due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Instead of crowds of hundreds of thousands of people lining up from the Capitol along the National Mall, those who could not come were represented by a sea of 200 thousand flags of the United States, states and territories..
Before arriving at the Capitol for the inauguration, Joe Biden and his wife Jill and Harris and her husband Doug Ehmhoff attended a church service at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington..
Even before the start of the service, Trump left the White House and flew to Florida.
Outgoing Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, arrived to attend the ceremony..
Judges of the Supreme Court arrived at the ceremony.
Singers Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez performed at the ceremony.
Attendees welcomed President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Senator Amy Klobuchar addressed the audience with a welcoming speech. She stressed that the new leaders of the country will have to become the guardians of democracy.
Recalling the recent seizure of the Capitol by an outrageous crowd, the legislator called on Americans to unite in the name of the rule of law.
Then the head of the Inaugural Committee, Senator Roy Blunt, spoke. Stressing that the current ceremony is taking place in extraordinary conditions, he assured that the inauguration of the new president should be a moment of unity for Americans..
Lady Gaga sings the US national anthem.
Then Jennifer Lopez performed the famous patriotic song America the Beautiful.
After that, Chief Justice John Roberts took the podium to take the oath of office as the incoming 46th President of the United States. After Joe Biden took the oath, Judge Roberts congratulated him on taking office..
Addressing the participants in the ceremony, the 46th President of the United States emphasized that today has become a day of victory for democracy.
“This is a great country and we are good people,” Biden said. He recalled that much has to be fixed and rebuilt in the country..
“We are capable of great things,” he said a little later..
“History, faith and reason will show us the path to unity,” the president stressed.
Noting that there are differences in American society, Biden reminded that these differences should not lead to a split. He assured that he intends to be the president of all Americans.
“We must end this non-civil war,” the president urged his compatriots.
By doing what we have to do, we will need each other, Biden said..
Among the problems to be solved, the 46th President of the United States named growing inequality and systemic racism.
Following President Biden’s speech, country music performer Garth Brooks sang Amazing Grace.
Biden and Harris later went to Arlington National Cemetery and laid wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier..
President Biden signs a number of documents on Wednesday, including the Inauguration Day Proclamation, Cabinet nominations and other nominations..
Earlier, Biden’s transition team said that among the first orders from the president would be decrees to resume collaboration with WHO, re-adhere to the Paris Climate Agreement, lift Trump’s ban on US entry from several predominantly Muslim countries, revitalize government efforts to promote racial equality in the United States, and strengthening the protection of people who entered the country illegally as children. In addition, Biden is expected to urge Americans to fulfill their “patriotic duty” and wear masks to combat the spread of coronavirus..
Instead of the usual balls on inauguration day, on Wednesday night, a special TV program “Honoring America” will be aired, featuring Biden and Harris..
Recall that last week, the House of Representatives impeached Trump for the second time, accusing him of inciting rebellion. The date for the start of the proceedings in the Senate has not yet been set. If found guilty, Trump could be banned from re-holding public office.
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