He said “Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this: Bringing America together, uniting our people, uniting our nation.”
After taking the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts, Biden said “The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded,” adding that “We’ve learned again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile. And at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed.”
The inauguration was low-keyed sort of Biden’s inaugural committee — trying to keep crowds to a minimum — urged Americans not to travel to Washington, DC. The National Mall was also closed to the general public because of security concerns related to the January 6 storming of the US Capitol by supporters of the defeated and outgone president, Mr. Donald Trump.
US media reported that usually, thousands of people gather on the Mall to watch the new president being sworn in.
“This year, there are thousands of National Guard troops stationed in the nation’s capital,” according to CNN.
The inauguration of Biden was boycotted by Trump; the first time in 150 years that the outgoing president has boycotted his successor’s inauguration.
Trump departed Washington early in the morning, giving a speech at Joint Base Andrews before flying to Florida.
Biden took the oath of office on the West Front of the US Capitol, moments after Kamala Harris was sworn in as the first female vice president. Harris is also the first Black person and the first South Asian to hold the office.
There was no public parade from the Capitol to the White House. The celebrations this year was be mostly virtual, and the inaugural balls will be replaced by a prime-time television special.