The morning of January 20, 2021 made history, as it was the presidential inauguration of Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris, the 46th president and 49th vice president of the United States of America. Biden served in the US senate for 36 years and acted as the vice president for 8 years under the Obama administration. He made history as the oldest president to ever be sworn in at the age of 78. Harris served as the California senator for 4 years and made history as the first black female vice president in American history.
Following Donald Trump’s departure speech, Biden emphasized the importance in the unity of opposing political factions and alliances under the American flag, and vowed to fight for all Americans, regardless of whether or not they supported him in his political endeavors. Biden promised that if Americans united, “We can make America, once again, the leading force for good in the world.” He vowed to do his best to solve America’s most pressing issues, such as homelessness, the coronavirus, unemployment, unnecessary hatred between political factions, white supremacy, and domestic terrorism. He took a sacred oath when he was sworn in as president to do his best in service of his country, and he referenced the Bible multiple times when he promised to uphold his duty as president.
Donald Trump, the 45th president, was notably absent during the ceremony, breaking tradition and boycotting the inauguration of his successor for the first time in history. The former president arrived at his Palm Beach estate in Mar-a-Lago, Florida at the time of the inauguration and was greeted by a crowd of supporters before departing, Trump granted clemency to more that 140 people.
In his first few days as president, Biden signed over 30 executive orders to be put in motion. Some of his decisions included the rejoining of the Paris climate accord, stopping the construction of the wall on the American-Mexican border establishing worker protections for federal workers and laid the foundation for $15/hour minimum wage, and is requiring the use of masks on all federal property to combat the spread of the coronavirus.