Joe Biden turned 46 on Wednesday President of the United States sworn in, declaring that “democracy prevailed” and called for American resilience and unity to face the historic confluence of crises of the deeply divided nation

Biden denounced a national “civil war” and took the oath on a U. Capitol, which had been ravaged by insurgent siege just two weeks earlier, then took his place in the Oval Office of the White House and embarked on a series of executive actions that were at the heart of his polarizing predecessor’s agenda on issues from the deadly pandemic until climate change began to resolve

At the Capitol, the ceremony took place within a circle of security forces reminiscent of a war zone and deserted due to the coronavirus pandemic, as America’s tradition of peaceful transfers of power never seems more fragile

Instead, on a cold Washington morning with a snowstorm, Biden looked out and saw over 200000 American flags in the National Mall to symbolize those who were unable to attend in person

“The will of the people was heard and the will of the people was heeded. We have learned again that democracy is precious and democracy is fragile. At this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed,” Biden said in his speech ” This is America’s Day. This is Democracy Day. A day of history and hope, renewal and determination ”

History was made by his side when Kamala Harris became the first woman to become vice president of the former US. The California senator is also the first black person and the first person of South Asian descent to be elected to the vice presidency and the most senior woman to ever serve in the United States Government

Biden never mentioned his predecessor who defied tradition and left town before the ceremony, but his speech was an implicit reprimand for Donald Trump, and the new president denounced “lies told for power and profit” and was open about the challenges ahead

Central among them: the growing virus, which in the US has more than 400000 human lives as well as economic burdens and a national reckoning on the race

“We have much to do this winter, full of danger and great opportunity. Much to repair, much to restore, much to heal, much to build, and much to gain,” said Biden. “Few people have been in our nation’s history more challenging or found a time more challenging or difficult than the time we are in right now””

Biden was keen to make it big early on, with an ambitious first 100 days, including a push to expedite the distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations to anxious Americans and to hand over a $ 9 trillion economic aid package that contained a number of executive orders too Matters That Don’t Need Congressional Approval – A Mixture Of Substantive And Symbolic Steps To End The Trump Years, His Actions Included Re-entering The Paris Climate Accords And A Mandate To Wear Masks On Federal Properties

“There is no time to start like today,” said a masked Biden in the oval office. Then he swore – virtually – to hundreds of aides and told them: “You are my options”

The absence of Biden’s predecessor at the opening ceremony underscored the national divide that needed to be healed

But a non-partisan trio of past presidents – Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama – Were There to See the Transfer of Power Trump was waiting for his second impeachment trial and was at his Florida resort at the time of the swearing-in

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In his third presidential election campaign, Biden put his candidacy less on a pronounced political ideology than on the galvanization of a broad coalition of voters around the idea that Trump poses an existential threat to American democracy. Four years after Trump’s “American Carnage” – Rede had painted a dark portrait of national decay, Biden warned that the fabric of national democracy was tearing but could be repaired

“I know the forces that divide us are deep and real. But I also know that they are not new. Our story has been a constant battle between the American ideal that we are all created equal and the harsh one.” , ugly reality that racism, nativism, fear and demonization have long torn us apart, “said Biden.” This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge, and unity is the way forward and we need this moment as the United States of America Cope ”

Biden swore the oath in his hand on a five-inch Bible that has been in his family for 128 years, and came into office with a well of empathy and determination born of personal tragedy and depth of experience has been in Washington for more than four decades. At 78, he is the oldest privy President

Both he and Harris and their spouses walked the last short part of the way to the White House after a brief parade. Biden then entered the Oval Office for the first time as Commander in Chief, a room he knew well as Vice President

Biden used to wear a face mask at the Capitol, like everyone in attendance, except when speaking. Tens of thousands of National Guard troops were on the streets for exactly two weeks to provide security after a violent crowd of Trump supporters instigated by the Republican President entered the building stormed to prevent Biden’s victory from being confirmed

“Here we are just days after a riotous mob thought they could use force to silence the will of the people,” Biden said. “To stop the work of our democracy To drive us off this sacred ground It didn’t happen, it never will, not today, not tomorrow, never, never ”

The tense atmosphere recalled the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln in 1861, who was secretly brought to Washington to avoid assassins on the eve of the Civil War, or the inauguration of Franklin Roosevelt in 1945 when he was in favor of a minor , Safe ceremony at the White Ruled House in the waning months of World War II

But Washington, almost deserted in downtown and its federal territories, was quiet, and heavily fortified Capitol buildings across the country were also quiet after the FBI warned of the possibility of armed demonstrations ahead of the inauguration

The day began with a reach beyond the political corridor after four years of bitter partisan fighting under Trump. At Biden’s invitation, the congress leaders of both parties lowered their heads in prayer in a socially distant worship service just a few blocks from the White House

Biden was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts; Harris of Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina member of the Supreme Court of Justice Vice President Mike Pence to stand up for Trump, sat nearby as Lady Gaga sang the national anthem with a gold microphone to the accompaniment of the US Marine Corps Band

Leaving the Capitol in a final act of the outgoing administration, Pence walked through a badly broken glass door from the riot two weeks ago. Later, Biden, Harris, and their spouses joined the former president to attend the Arlington National Ceremony to lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier

In the afternoon, an abandoned White House came back to life in Trump’s dwindling days when Biden employees settled down and new COVID-19 safety measures such as plastic shields were put on desks

That evening, in place of the traditional balls welcoming a new president to Washington, Biden and Harris appeared separately at the Lincoln Memorial to attend a television concert that also marked the return of A-list celebrities to the White House orbit after they had largely avoided Trump among those on the lineup: Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, and Lin-Manuel Miranda

This wasn’t an inauguration for the crowd. Nevertheless, the Americans in the capital have brought their hopes for the moment

“I feel so hopeful, so grateful,” said Karen Jennings Crooms, ADC. Resident hoping to catch a glimpse of the President’s motorcade on Pennsylvania Avenue with her husband “We are sad to be here, but we hope democracy will prevail in the end. That is what I focus on”

Trump was the first president in more than a century to skip his successor’s inauguration after a brief farewell ceremony at nearby Joint Base Andrews, making his last appointment as President of Air Force One

“I will always fight for you I will watch I will listen and tell you that the future of this country has never been better,” said Trump. He wished the incoming administration well, but never mentioned Biden’s name

Trump stuck to a tradition and left Biden a personal message in the Oval Office. Biden just told reporters that it was “a very generous letter”

Trump hinted at a political return in his farewell videos and said: “We will be back in some form” There is no question that he will shadow Biden’s first days in office

Trump’s second impeachment process could begin as early as this week, which will test the ability of the Senate, now under democratic control, to reconcile the impeachment process with confirmation hearings and votes on Biden’s cabinet decisions

Additional coverage from associate press writers Jill Colvin and Darlene Superville in Washington and Michelle L Price in Las Vegas

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