2021 Presidential Inauguration

Sydney Cole

On January 20, 2021, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn into office, at the Capitol building in Washington D.C., just two weeks after a series of violent riots took place at the Capitol. Donald Trump broke tradition by choosing not to greet President Biden at his inauguration ceremony; he also chose to not attend the inauguration even though Vice-President, Mike Pence, was in attendance.
“From now on, this hallowed ground, where just a few days ago violence sought to shake the Capitol’s very foundation, we come together as one nation, under God, indivisible, to carry out the peaceful transfer of power, as we have for more than two centuries. As we look ahead in our uniquely American way: restless, bold, optimistic, and set our sights on the nation we can be and we must be. I thank my predecessors of both parties for their presence here today. I thank them from the bottom of my heart. And I know, I know the resilience of our Constitution and the strength, the strength of our nation,” said President Biden during his inauguration speech.
At the inauguration, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Garth Brooks performed in front of the people at the Capitol. Lady Gaga sang the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ a regular on Biden’s campaign trail prior to the election. Jennifer Lopez, also known as J-Lo, sang ‘This Land Is Your Land’; she and her partner, Alex Rodriguez, had endorsed Joe Biden and had a virtual conversation about the importance of the Latino/Latina community. Country music legend, Garth Brooks, sang ‘Amazing Grace,’ he has sung at every presidential inauguration since Bill Clinton, except for Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2017.
“The president’s priority, reflected in the bill, [is] to responsibly manage the border, keep families together, grow our economy, address the root causes of migration from Central America, and ensure that America can remain a refuge for those fleeing [persecution],” said Jen Psaki, the new White House press secretary.
On President Biden’s first day in office, his new White House press secretary says that President Biden has signed 15 executive orders. He took a series of steps towards addressing his most prioritized policies. White House officials said that a total of 17 orders would be signed, mainly focusing on COVID-19, the economy, racial justice, and climate change. The orders signed include a mandate on masks on federal property, an action to rejoin the Paris climate accord, a removal of the travel ban in Muslim-majority countries, a proclamation that stops the building of the wall on the US-Mexico border, and an order reversing past-President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO).
For climate change, Biden revoked the permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which environmentalists have been opposed to for years. President Biden also requested an extension for the pause on student loan payments, and he sent a immigration bill to Congress. President Joe Biden also halted oil-drilling in the arctic through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
“So, with purpose and resolve, we turn to those tasks of our time. Sustained by faith, driven by conviction, devoted to one another and the country we love with all our hearts. May God bless America and may God protect our troops. Thank you, America,” the 46th president of the United States of America says, ending his inaugural speech.
With this presidency, we have the first female Vice-President of color. President Biden also made history by having the most collected votes of any presidential candidate ever. American citizens are both excited and scared to see how the country is going to change; now, all that’s left is to wait and see.