This Wednesday, January 20th, Joe Biden assumed the presidency of the United States in a ceremony considered the most atypical of the last few decades. The now President used his family’s Bible to take his oath.
Biden was sworn in before the Chief Justice, and is expected to sign a series of executive orders in the next few hours on the first day of his term that would undo some of former President Donald Trump’s policies.
In his speech, Biden noted that “democracy has prevailed” and affirmed that he will be the president of all Americans. He added that “the dream of justice for all will not be postponed any longer.”
“Today, on this day in January, my entire soul is in this, uniting America by uniting our people … and I ask every American to join me in this cause,” he said.
“We have much to do in this winter of danger … much to repair, much to restore, much to heal, much to build and much to gain,” he said.
“Don’t tell me things can’t change,” Biden said in his speech referring to the election of Kamala Harris as the first female vice president in the country’s history.
“America has been tested again and America has risen to the challenge,” he said of the riots and allegations of voter fraud in recent weeks.
“This is America’s day, this is the day of democracy, a day of history and hope for renewal,” he added.
In his speech, the president-elect called for unity: “We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural against urban, conservative against liberal,” he said.
President Biden also said that the United States will face the challenges ahead and called on the international community to “repair alliances.”
“The United States has been tested and we have come out stronger for it, we will repair our alliances and engage with the world once again,” he said.
Biden became the 46th president of the United States in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) that conditioned his inauguration; and at the same time he is one of the few leaders who will not receive the presidency from his predecessor.
The inauguration took place outdoors on the west front of the Capitol. The ceremony will probably be remembered for its exceptionality; the main factor in this situation is the coronavirus pandemic, as the nation faces the third wave of the epidemic. All events have been limited and will not have the majesty of every inauguration.
Joe Biden’s first executive orders
In his first hours as President of the United States, Joe Biden will revoke, with executive orders, some of the policies put in place by the Donald Trump Administration.
A bill to regularize the immigration status of nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants, executive orders to reverse travel bans on Muslim-majority countries, and a return to the U.S. to the “Paris Climate Agreement” are on the list of actions the Democrat plans to push through as soon as he takes office.
Some actions are scheduled to take place in his first ten days in office; others in his first hundred days.