Joe Biden took oath as the 46th president of the United States of America at the Capitol late on Wednesday. His deputy, Kamala Harris, the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, took oath as the new Vice President of the US, becoming the first Black person, first woman, and first Asian American to serve at the position.
After his swearing in, Biden said, “Here we stand days after a riotous mob thought they could silence the will of the people. It will not happen, not today, not tomorrow, not ever — not ever.” He also pledged that he would be honest with the country as it continues to confront difficulties, saying that leaders have an obligation to “defend the truth and defeat the lies”. “Hear me out as we move forward,” Biden said.
“Today we celebrate a triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause. The cause of democracy. We have learnt again that democracy is precious, democracy is fragile. But democracy has prevailed. People’s will has been heeded and answered,” Biden said to rousing applause.
“So now on this hallowed ground, where just a few days ago, violence sought to shake the Capitol’s very foundation. We come together as one nation, under God, indivisible, to carry out the peaceful transfer of power as we have for more than two centuries,” he said.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump walked out of the White House for one last on Wednesday and headed to Florida, giving a miss to the inauguration event of Joe Biden where he will take oath as the 46th president of the United States. In his final remarks before leaving the White House, Trump said, “We love the American people and again it has been something very special. And I just want to say goodbye, but hopefully it’s not a long term goodbye. We’ll see each other again.”
Earlier, in his farewell address to the nation on Tuesday, Donald Trump extended his wishes to the Biden administration. “This week, we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous,” Trump said. “I did not seek the easiest course… By far, it was actually the most difficult. I did not seek the path that would get the least criticism. 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,” he added