God Bless America.
Joe Biden has officially been sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America. His oath of office was administered by Chief Justice John Roberts. Kamala Harris, has been sworn in as America’s 49th Vice President, the first woman and the first person of color to ever hold the office. The oath was administered to Harris by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina on the Supreme Court.
Former Presidents and Vice Presidents, and First Ladies were in attendance such as Barack and Michelle Obama, George and Laura Bush, and Bill and Hillary Cliton. Former Vice President and Second Lady, Mike and Karen Pence were also in attendance. Meanwhile, former POTUS and former First Lady Donald and Melania Trump were back at Mar-a-Lago in Florida. Washington DC and states across the country are under strict and heightened security over fears of possible new threats today. This comes following the mob attack in which MAGA rioters stormed the Capitol building two weeks ago on January 6th.
Grammy-award winning singer and actress Lady Gaga performed the US National Anthem with the US marine band, and Jennifer Lopez performed “America the Beautiful” after Kamala Harris took the oath of office. Country music star Garth Brooks performed “Amazing Grace” following President Joe Biden’s inaugural address. Amanda Gorman, the nation’s first-ever youth poet laureate, delivered a message of the country’s resilience through her poem at President Biden’s inauguration ceremony.
Following his oath of office, President Joe Biden delivered his inaugural address to the American people.
“My fellow Americans, I close today where I began, with the sacred oath before God and all of you, I give you my word. I will always level with you,” he said during his inauguration address. Biden promised to defend America for the “public good.”
“I will defend the Constitution. I’ll defend our democracy. I’ll defend America. And I’ll give all, all of you, keep everything I do in your service, thinking not of power, but of possibilities. Not of personal interest, but the public good. And together we shall 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,” he said.
During his inaugural address, President Joe Biden also asked Americans to hold their own moment of silence for the more than 400,000 people who have died during the coronavirus pandemic.