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A swearing-in like no other for US president Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

US president Joe Biden takes the oath of office. Image/courtesy

Summary

US president Joe Biden and his vice president were sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday during a ceremony at a heavily protected US Capitol.

The event followed security threats from Trump supporters who have never accepted the reality of Donald Trump’s loss

Joseph Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, taking office from Donald Trump, at a time when the fabric of the global economic powerhouse is at its biggest crises ever with a promise to seek unity after a tumultuous four years that tore at the fabric of American society.

On being sworn in, the president urged the bitterly divided country to come together at a perilous time in American history while moving quickly to begin implementing his agenda.”This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day,” Mr. Biden said in his address. “Today we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause. The cause of democracy. The people, the will of the people, has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded.”

To Bidden and his supporters, it was a culmination of a tumultuous four years under President Trump, and since the campaigns began, it is a history that every American who values peace and democracy will want to forget as the political violence threatened to tear down the country that almost all countries in the world envy for democratic maturity.

Over 20,000 US national guard troops were deployed in the US capitol prior to the Inauguration ceremony. Image/courtesy

the attack in the US capitol by Trumps supportes a few days to the inauguration of Joe Biden was a warning shot that more stringent security measures needed to be taken to ensure that January 20th was a success. and even with that, Americans remain divided down the middle, with Bitter supporters of Mr. Trump still at pain to accept the election of Joe Biden.

Biden, 78, became the oldest US president in history at a scaled-back ceremony in Washington that was largely stripped of its usual pomp and circumstance, due both to the coronavirus and security concerns following the Jan. 6 assault on the US Capitol by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump.

The norm-defying Trump flouted one last convention on his way out of the White House when he refused to meet with Biden or attend his successor’s inauguration, breaking with a political tradition seen as affirming the peaceful transfer of power.

Trump, who never conceded the Nov 3 election, did not mention Biden by name in his final remarks as president on Wednesday morning, when he touted his administration’s record and promised to be back “in some form.” He boarded Air Force One for the last time and headed to his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Florida.

Top Republicans, including Vice President Mike Pence and the party’s congressional leaders, attended Biden’s inauguration, along with former US Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Biden, who has vowed to “restore the soul of America,” will call for American unity at a time of crisis in his inaugural address, according to advisers.

His inauguration is the zenith of a five-decade career in public service that included more than three decades in the US Senate and two terms as vice president under former President Barack Obama.