Joe Biden And Kamala Harris Sworn In As President And Vice President Of The United States Of America

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Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States (Credit: Sgt. Charlotte Carulli/ Public domain,/Wikimedia Commons)

Just before noon (EST) on January 20, 2021, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. placed his hand on a 127-year-old family Bible, which has followed his entire career, and took the Presidential oath of office to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America." The inauguration ceremony of America's 46th President came just moments after Kamala D. Harris took her oath of office and became the first woman and first person of color to hold the country's second-highest office.

In his inaugural speech to the nation, President Biden outlined his vision to defeat the pandemic, build back better, and unify and heal the nation. “This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge," the leader said. "Unity is the path forward. And we must meet this moment as the United States of America. If we do that, I guarantee you we will not fail."

"Today at this time, let's start afresh all of us," the president continued. "Politics doesn't have to be a raging fire destroying everything in its path. Every disagreement doesn't have to be a cause for total war. We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue. Rural against urban, conservative against liberals."

Kamala Harris takes the oath of office to become the nation's first female, first black, and first Asian-American Vice President (Credit: Sgt. Charlotte Carulli/Public domain/Wikimedia Commons)

President Biden's national address culminated the hour-long proceedings that began with an invocation prayer delivered by Reverend Leo O' Donovan and a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by Andrea Hall — the first African American female captain of the Fire-Rescue Department in South Fulton, Georgia. The National Anthem was sung by none other than American singer, songwriter, and actress Lady Gaga.

While all were impressive, it was the nation's first youth poet laureate and the youngest-known inaugural poet, Amanda Gorman, who stole the show. The 22-year-old told the Associated Press that the poignant lyrics of her poem, “The Hill We Climb," aimed to deliver a message of hope without ignoring “the evidence of discord and division.” Jennifer Lopez provided a strong finish with a medley of patriotic songs that included "This Land is Your Land" and "America the Beautiful."

Following the swearing-in ceremony, President Biden and Vice President Harris and their spouses, made their way to the Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. President Biden and the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, were then escorted to the White House — their home for the next four years.

Though the inauguration of America's 46th Commander in Chief followed the usual tradition, it was like none other experienced before. Due to the security risks following the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol and the raging COVID-19 pandemic, there were no large crowds to greet the incoming leader at the National Mall. Tickets to the inauguration were also limited. Members of Congress, who are usually given a total of 200,000 tickets to distribute to constituents, were only allowed to bring one guest each.

The National Mall was adorned with flags representing inaugural attendees who were unable to attend in person due to security reasons and the pandemic (Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/ Public domain,/ Wikimedia Commons)

The pandemic also caused the customary inaugural balls to be replaced with a 90-minute live television special. Called "Celebration America," it featured inspiring messages from President Biden and Vice President Harris, tributes to COVID-19 first responders, and performances by a slew of celebrities, including Justin Timberlake and John Legend. The evening's festivities ended with a spectacular fireworks show over the National Mall.

Resources: Wikipedia.org, theguardian.com, NBCwashington, CNN.com

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  • animallover4560
    Katy Perry is cool!
    • edwardhp101010
      edwardhp101010about 1 month
      Yay for Biden and Harris
      • pookpine
        pookpine2 months
        My mom and dad did not vote for Biden but I hope he will get rid of the masks,they are hot,ichy, and they make me tied. I do not like them and neither do my family.😷
        • harrypotteryep
          harrypotteryepabout 1 month
          Wear, your mask, don't be selfish.
          • harrypotteryep
            harrypotteryepabout 1 month
            You still should wear masks, I hope we can all get vaccinated so we can stop wearing them
            • cute_raindrop
              cute_raindropabout 2 months
              Masks are important in the pandemic.
            • rykycalo-162693574537
              OMG! Cool!
              • aussieshep
                aussieshep4 months
                go BidenHarris
                • mattchien
                  mattchien4 months
                  omg!
                  • hermione222011
                    Omgggggggg🤚🏻🤚🏻🤚🏻🤚🏻🤚🏻
                    • am_cookie10
                      am_cookie105 months
                      great job guys yall mad history thanks so much for the things you do yall are AMAZING!!
                      • purplerain44
                        purplerain446 months
                        GO BIDEN AND HARRIS!!! MAKE AMERICA GREAT!!!!
                        • rainbowgirl142
                          go B&H go B&H