After four years of Trump’s presidency, Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States.
For the event that it was billed to be, Joe Biden’s inauguration day was relatively uneventful.
The day began with Trump’s departure speech, which was recorded a day before the inauguration.
Broadcasting from the White House’s Rose Garden, the former president avoided claims that the election was stolen, instead citing some of his cabinet’s achievements during his first term, including the Space Force program, his popularity amongst veterans, his sweeping tax reforms, and his impact on stock market, among other achievements.
In his speech, President Trump declared that his team had “developed a vaccine in nine months,” before paying respect to those who had died since the start of the pandemic.
Trump wished the best of luck to the incoming administration and promised that he would be back in some form, before entering Air Force One with the former first lady.
Moments later, the newly elected Joe Biden and Vice President, Kamala Harris, along with their spouses, walked up Capitol Hill steps to be officially sworn in.
Biden’s speech mainly centred on unity and bringing Americans together. After thanking those who supported him during the election process, he turned to those who had not, urging them:
“Hear me out as we move forward. Take a measure of me and my heart and if you still disagree, so be it. That’s democracy. But hear me clearly, disagreement must not lead to disunion. And I pledge this to you: I will be a president for all Americans.”
Biden promised to take action against racial injustice, fear, extremist groups and violence, and called the Capitol Hill insurrection on January 6 an attack on democracy.
He reaffirmed that his first priority in office will be overcoming the Coronavirus pandemic, before asking attendees for a moment of silence in honour of the 400,000 Americans that died from the disease.
The incoming president also made a promise to the rest of the world, where he stated that his government would repair alliances that have been damaged and pledging for peace around the globe.
Despite reports of security threats, the transition of power ran smoothly and peacefully. Apart from the fact that the outgoing president was not there to pass on the torch to the incoming one, inauguration day was pretty ordinary. As many would say a day in politics ought to be.
After the speech, Amanda Gorman recited a poem: “the new dawn blooms as we free it for there is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it.”