Biden Swears in the 46th President of the United States, Signs 17 Elective orders without ado

President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

President-elect Joe Biden took his oath as the 46th President of the United States of America along with his Vice President Kamala Harris, making history as the first-ever African-American of Asian origin to hold Office in America on January 20. Expressing their compliments were in attendance the former Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama with their respective families. 

With ‘unity’ as his key theme for the inaugural address, Biden solemnly swore to bring together the divided nation under his leadership. “Disagreement must not lead to disunion and I pledge this to you that I will be a president to all Americans and I promise to fight hard for those who did not support me as for those who did,” he said. He roused the American public to ‘end this uncivil war that pits red against blue’ and promised to display ‘tolerance’ and ‘humility’ in his actions.

Against the backdrop of a heavily guarded Capitol Building, President Joseph R. Biden pledged his allegiance on a several inches thick bible that has been in his family since 1893 held by the First Lady herself. He claimed his presidential era be be a time and place to ‘start afresh’ as the country fights the grim consequences of political extremism, global pandemic, systemic racial discrimination and white supremacy.

Without losing another minute, Biden went on to sign 17 orders to undo the damage done by the former administration. Sitting in the Oval Office for the first time as the President, Joe Biden attended to his long time resolve of ‘changing the course’ of the pandemic and repealing Washinghton’s stance on the Paris Accord. Among other things, he lifted the travel ban on 13 Muslim-majority, halted construction of the US-Mexico border wall and advance racial equity.

This immediate slew of orders undid everything Trump’s legacy stood for. In his farewell address 24 hours prior to the inauguration ceremony, Trump all but acknowledged Joe as the next president. He extended his best wishes to the ‘new administration’ and touted all the accompaniments during his tenure as the President saying “We did what we came here to do”. He is also the only President in a century and half to snub his successor by not officially welcoming him to the White House and attending the inauguration Ceremony. He left earlier that day and hosted a private ceremony in Florida. However, his deputy Mike Pence gave a pass to this event and attended Biden’s inauguration instead.

An hour long inaugural festivities included performances by A-list pop stars like Lady Gaga singing the National Anthem and Jennifer Lopez enthralling the audience with her rendition of “This is your land’ and ‘America the beautiful’. The iconic ceremony came to an end with a massive display of fireworks in Washington DC. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden stood on the Blue Room balcony above the White House South Lawn while Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, watched from the Lincoln Memorial as singer Katy Perry performed her song “Firework.”

With the world optimistically looking forward to the Biden-Harris command, the parting remarks of the new President is all the world needs to know to what the future might look like – “I took on the tough battles, the hardest fights, the most difficult choices because that’s what you elected me to do. Your needs were my first and last unyielding focus. This, I hope, will be our greatest legacy: together, we put the American people back in charge of our country.” 

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Madhura Rane

Madhura Rane is a Journalism Intern at The Kootneeti

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