Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th President of the United States.
Biden took the oath of office a short while ago while being sworn in by Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts.
In his inaugural address at the US Capitol, President Biden said “This is America’s day”, adding “This is democracy’s day, a day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve.”
Biden continued, “Today we celebrate the triumph, not of a candidate, but of a cause — the cause of democracy. The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded. We’ve learned again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile. And at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed.”
The somewhat muted ceremony, which barred crowds due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, was attended by former residents Barack Obama, George Bush and Bill Clinton.
Biden also thanked his predecessors, saying “I thank my predecessors of both parties for their presence here today. I thank them from the bottom of my heart… And I know the resilience of our Constitution and the strength, the strength of our nation, as does President Carter, who I spoke with last night, who cannot be with us today, but whom we salute for his lifetime in service.”
He acknowledged the power that comes with taking the “sacred oath” that was taken by former presidents.
“I have just taken a sacred oath each of those patriots taken. The oath first sworn by Washington. But the American story depends not on any one of us, not on some of us, but on all of us. On we, the people, who seek a more perfect union. This is a great nation. We are good people,” Biden said.
President Biden’s swearing in was preceded by that of his VP, Kamala Harris, who became the first female, first black and first South Asian vice-president. She was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latino Supreme Court judge.