The Inauguration of President Joe Biden

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On January 20, President Joe Biden was sworn into office at the United States Capitol in Washington D.C. Alongside him was Vice President Kamala Harris, who made history as the first female, first black, and first South Asian vice president. 

During the inauguration ceremony, viewers heard from famous musicians, renowned poets, and the President himself as he spoke at the Lincoln Memorial. 

“Today on this January day, my whole soul is in this — bringing American people together, uniting our nation, and I ask every American to join me in this cause,” stated Biden during his inaugural speech.

The President focused many of his remarks around the concept of unity, something he intends to make a top priority as the leader of a country divided by the 2020 Presidential Election. 

Focusing on the same concept, youth poet Amanda Gorman read her inaugural poem ‘The Hill We Climb,’ highly regarded for its references to unity and its hopeful outlook on America’s future. 

“We will rebuild, reconcile and recover / and every known nook of our nation and / every corner called our country / our people diverse and beautiful will emerge” read Gorman at the ceremony. 

Gorman was praised by millions of Americans who listened to her speech during the ceremony and the days following, particularly congratulating her ability to overcome her speech impediment — a difficulty the President himself can relate to. 

President Biden has struggled his entire life with a stutter, similar to how Gorman had difficulty saying the letter R throughout her childhood, which she was eventually able to overcome by reciting words and practicing. 

“For me, I use my self-expression to get my voice on the page,” Gorman said in response to questions about her speech impediment. 

After taking the official oath of office, the President walked onto the White House grounds alongside his family, who praised Biden for his positivity and integrity throughout the election and inauguration processes. 

“I have never been more optimistic about America than I am this very day,” Biden said. 

The night closed out with a display of fireworks, which the President and First Lady Jill Biden watched from the Blue Room balcony at the White House. Across the city, Vice President Harris watched the display with her husband at the Lincoln Memorial as singer Katy Perry sang her song “Firework.”

Following the day’s festivities, the new President had little time for relaxation and set to work immediately, signing several executive orders on his first day in office in an attempt to combat previous actions set forth by Donald Trump. 

The President finalized 17 executive moves following his inauguration in an effort to dismantle Trump’s policies. 

“There’s no time to start like today,” Biden said. “I’m going to start by keeping the promises I made to the American people.”

The President’s actions included imposing a mask mandate on federal property, halting funding for the construction of the border wall, reversing a travel ban placed on Muslim countries, and working towards progressive enviroment policies. 

“There isn’t anything we can’t do, if we do it together,” quoted Biden in his speech.