Joe Biden sworn in as 46th president of the United States

Ellen James|January 21, 2021

'On this January day, my whole soul is in this,' says Biden

Joe Biden inaugurated at 46th president of America: "Democracy has prevailed"

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr has been sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, promising the nation for a better, unified America.

Two weeks after the devastating Capitol Hill riots, Biden stood strong in the same building as he delivered his historic inauguration speech.

"This is America's day," he declared, "This is democracy's day," he spoke in front of millions of attendees and spectators.

Donald Trump, who left the office Wednesday morning, did not attend the ceremony. The Bushes and the Obamas however were visibly elated as Biden took charge of the White House.

Speaking to the hopeful eyes of his nation, Biden went on to say:

"Few people in our nation's history have been more challenged--or found a time more challenging, or difficult--than the time we're in now," Biden said while referring to the irreversible loss of 400,000 lives amid COVID-19.

"Overcoming challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America, requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity."

Wishing for a 'more perfect union' amongst Americans, Biden made sure to iterate that he is aware that everybody is scared. The solution to solve this crisis is consequently in standing together.

"I understand that many of my fellow Americans view the future with fear and trepidation. I understand they're worried about their jobs. I understand, like my dad, they lie in bed wondering, 'Can I keep my health care? Can I pay my mortgage?'" Biden said. "But the answer's not to turn inward, to retreat into competing factions--distrusting those who don't look like you, or worship the way you do, or don't get their news from the same sources as you do. We must end this uncivil war."

Before signing off from his 21-minute speech, Biden ignited the feelings of patriotism amongst all of America as he swore to do justice to democracy.

"On this January day, my whole soul is in this," Biden said on Wednesday. "Bringing America together, uniting our people, uniting our nation. And I ask every American to join me in this cause."

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