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Joe Biden takes oath of office, becoming 46th president

by Harvest Prude
Posted 1/20/21, 12:53 pm

WASHINGTON—U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts on Wednesday swore in the oldest president to take office in American history. A security force more than 25,000 strong guarded the U.S. capital as Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States and Kamala Harris became the first female and first African and Asian American vice president. They took their oaths in front of a scaled-down, mask-wearing audience, and an aide wiped down the podium between speakers to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

What happened at the event? In his speech, Biden called for unity and paused for a moment of silent prayer for victims of the pandemic. He also condemned the riots at the U.S. Capitol two weeks ago and acknowledged the country’s deep social divisions, saying, “We must end this uncivil war that pits red versus blue, rural versus urban.” Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama attended with their wives. Former President Jimmy Carter was unable to attend due to his health, and outgoing President Donald Trump departed for Florida after a farewell event Wednesday morning.

Dig deeper: Read Jamie Dean’s analysis of Biden’s Cabinet.


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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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  • HANNAH.
    Posted: Wed, 01/20/2021 06:04 pm

    The Biden administration plans to rescind the 1776 Commission, which had issued a report on the "Historic and Scholarly Step to Restore Understanding of the Greatness of the American Founding." The report has been deleted from the White House website, but can be accessed at The White House (archives.gov).

  • NEWS2ME
    Posted: Thu, 01/21/2021 10:58 am

    Sodom and Gomorrah have taken the White House.

    Planned Parenthood is probably first in line for their annual handout. Oh the humanity!

  • TIM MILLER
    Posted: Fri, 01/22/2021 11:02 am

    Kudos to President Trump for his conciliatory statement the night before and leaving a letter for President Biden. I believe those gestures are hugely important, and contributed to a peaceful transition.

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Fri, 01/22/2021 04:50 pm

    I wonder who it was that was left in his inner circle. I'm certain this was not Trump's idea, but  a  strong recommendation from a trusted advisor to give a farewell address and leave a letter. I bet my stimulus check he didn't write either one. I hope beyond hope that someone who has his ear also is an adult and knows it was the right thing to do.

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