The Inauguration


Madison Tanner

Yesterday, January 20th, Joseph R. Biden and Kamala Harris were officially sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States, respectively. Biden became the 46th President, while Harris set a historical precedent as the first female Vice President in U.S. history.

Inauguration day was quite the star-studded event, with the likes of celebrities like Tom Hanks, John Legend, Jon Bon Jovi, and Lady Gaga in attendance. Of course, former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama were also in attendance. 

This inauguration was also historic not because of who was there, but who was not there. For starters, Trump became the first President in over one hundred and fifty years to not attend the inauguration of his successor, the last being Andrew Johnson in 1869. Unlike Trump, former VP Mike Pence was in attendance. Another former president not in attendance and breaking tradition was Jimmy Carter, who had to miss the ceremony because of the risk to his health, being ninety-six years old. 

Keeping with tradition, Pres. Biden delivered an inaugural speech, here are some notable quotes:

“We have learned again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile. And at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed.”

“I know speaking of unity can sound to some like a foolish fantasy. I know the forces that divide us are deep and they are real. But I also know they are not new.” 

“My fellow Americans, we have to be different than this. America has to be better than this. And, I believe America is better than this.” 

“And together, we shall write an American story of hope, not fear.” 

Here is a full transcript of his speech.

This speech alone may not be enough to get an idea of what this next presidency has in store for the U.S., but Joe Biden has already signed a handful of executive orders on his first day in office that may help you get a grasp on where his priorities lie. You can read these for yourself here.                     

Biden and Harris are inheriting a pandemic, an economic crisis, and a climate emergency. They are under mass scrutiny and pressure to uphold their campaign promises to the American people. But, these things take time, and it’s only the second day. So, keep an eye on the news as the days move forward. Stay informed and try to stay optimistic about the days to come.