The Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris


Hannia Gonzalez, author

The United States of America acquired a new president and vice president in a ceremony that continues the tradition of the presidential inauguration.

On January 20th, 2021, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the united states, next to Kamala Harris as the first Vice president in history who is a woman of color. The ceremony started at 12:00 PM EST in the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Former presidents like Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama attended the ceremony, although President Trump was absent, Vice president Mike Pence attended.

In his inauguration speech, Joe Biden recited many quotes and pledged to bring back unity between the American people 

“Disagreement must not lead to disunion. And I pledge this to you, I will be a president for all Americans. All Americans.” 

For the ceremony, Lady Gaga sang the national anthem, Amanda Gorman read one of her own pieces of poetry called “The Hill We Climb”, a long time friend of the Biden family, the Rev. Silvester Beaman, delivered a benediction, Andrea Hall captain of the Fire-Rescue Department in Georgia recited the Pledge of allegiance, an invocation by Rev. Leo J. O’Donovan, and a musical performance by Jennifer Lopez. 

“We’ll lead, not merely by the example of our power, but by the power of our example.” and “ We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural vs. urban, conservative vs. liberal,”

These were two of the most powerful phrases that Joe Biden said in his inauguration speech, he not only promised to lead the country as a whole, but he urged the people to take action in creating change. 

photo by Erin Schaff photographer for New York Times
President Biden taking presidential oath, next to his wife Dr. Jill Biden