Joseph Biden took office as the 46th president of the United States. The ceremony took place on the steps of the Capitol in Washington. Joe Biden gave the traditional formula for the oath of office by placing his left hand on the Bible held before him by his wife, Jill. This rare publication had belonged to his family for 127 years. Afterward, he gave a speech to the crowd.
The day of his inauguration the new head of state called a historic day when democracy prevailed.
“This is America’s day. This is a day of democracy. A day of history and hope and renewal and determination. In this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed,” Biden said during his speech.
As his first act as president of the United States, he declared a
a moment of silence in memory of the 400,000 Americans who have died because of the
because of the coronavirus.
“As my first act as president, I ask you to join me in silence for prayers in memory of all those we have lost in the past year to the pandemic, the 400,000 Americans — mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, neighbors and coworkers. We remember them by becoming the nation we know we can and should be,” Biden said.
The new president has called for unity among all Americans. That is what he believes will help meet all challenges.
“It takes so much more than words – unity – to restore the soul and secure America’s future. Today, on this day in January, my soul is in this – to unite America, to unite our people, to unite our nation. And I ask every American to join me in that goal,” Biden said. “Without unity there is no peace – only bitterness and rage, no progress – only debilitating arbitrariness, no nation – only a state of chaos,” the president stressed. He also called for defending the truth and fighting against lies.
“The last weeks and months have taught us a painful lesson. There is truth and there are lies. And lies are told in the name of power and gain. Leaders have a responsibility to respect the Constitution to protect our people, to protect the truth, to defeat the lies,” the new head of state said. “We face lies, virulent hatred, extremism, lawlessness, violence, disease, unemployment. By being united, we can do great things,” Biden said.
The new leader said America will rebuild alliances and reconnect with the world.
“We will rebuild our alliances and communicate with the world again. Not to respond to the challenges of yesterday, but to the challenges of today and tomorrow. I will lead not by the example of our strength, but by the strength of our example,” Biden stressed, adding that the U.S. will be a strong and reliable partner for peace and security.