With a call on Americans to come together and dismiss the tide of extremism and racism, Joe Biden yesterday took the oath as the 46th President of the United States (U.S.).
He pledged to work “as hard for those who didn’t vote for me as for those who did”.
Kamala Harris, who is the first woman-vice president, was also inaugurated as the 49th, person to occupy the office.
Biden, 78, made history as the oldest person to be elected U.S. president. His road to commander-in-chief was long and windy – two failed presidential campaigns and two terms as Obama’s vice president.
Prior to his presidential bids, Biden spent decades in the U.S. Senate after being first elected in 1972. He was elected President 48 years after winning his first Senate election, receiving the most votes ever cast for a U.S. presidential ticket.
He was sworn in by the Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts just before noon. He took the oath with his wife holding a 127-year-old family Bible.
He told the nation and the millions of people watching all over the world, that ‘democracy has prevailed’ after a troubling few weeks and months.
Biden said: “A new America has risen to the challenge today. We celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause, the cause of democracy.
“The will of the people has been heard and the will of the people has been heeded. We’ve learnt again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile. At this hour, our democracy has prevailed.”
Biden urged Americans to come together and dismiss the tide of extremism and racism, and pledged to work ‘as hard for those who didn’t vote for him as for those who did’.
He said: “My whole soul is in this, bringing America together. I ask every American to join me in this cause. To fight the foes we face: anger, resentment and hatred, extremism, lawlessness, violence, disease, joblessness and hopelessness.