Inauguration Day 2021 – Biden gets to work at White House after urging unity and ‘end to uncivil war’

 

With a fatherly attitude and a heart much committed to stabilizing the ship of state, Joe Biden begins his presidency with outright diligence.

 Joe Biden got straight to work at the White House after using his inaugural address to call for unity among Americans and an end to the country's "uncivil war".

After being sworn in outside the Capitol on Wednesday, the new president said his "whole soul" was committed to "bringing America together" after months of political unrest.

Yesterday evening, Biden signed executive orders addressing a number of different issues, from Covid-19 to climate change, as he began to roll back Donald Trump's policies.

Seven hours into his presidency, his press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Biden was ready "roll up his sleeves and get going" after confirming his executive order blitz.

Earlier in the day, he gave a powerful address, saying: “Few people in our nation’s history have been more challenged, or found a time more difficult, than the time we’re in now.

“A once-in-a-century virus silently stalks the country. 

"A cry for racial justice some 400 years in the making moves us. The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer.

"A cry for survival comes from the planet itself. A cry that couldn't be any more desperate or any more clear.

"And now, the rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.

"To overcome these challenges requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity.

"Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this: Bringing America together.

"We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal."

As he signed the documents, Biden also revealed that his predecessor - who skipped his inauguration - wrote him a "very generous letter" but that he "won’t talk about it until I talk to him."

On Wednesday night, A-list stars performed during a Celebrating America special with a huge display of fireworks.

The singers included John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Demi Lovato, and the event was hosted by actor Tom Hanks.

The celebration came after a tumultuous transition period in which Trump repeatedly made unfounded claims of voter fraud, culminating in the storming of the Capitol on January 6.

During his speech this morning, Biden went on to say that "history, faith, and reason show the way of unity".

"We can see each other not as adversaries but as neighbors," he said.

"We can treat each other with dignity and respect. We can join forces, stop the shouting and lower the temperatures.

"For without unity, there is no peace, only bitterness and fury. No progress, only exhausting outrage. No nation, only a state of chaos."

Following the speech, a post from the official presidential account read: "There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face.

"That's why today, I am heading to the Oval Office to get right to work delivering bold action and immediate relief for American families."

A video message posted to the White House's official twitter account also urged Americans to see that "we've been connected all along".

"Connected by a love for this country, by a continuing drive to improve it, by the shared dignity, the quiet respect of an honest day's work."

It went on to pledge that the new administration would get the coronavirus pandemic under control, address climate change, tackle racial injustice, and rebuild the middle class.

Pictures later showed Biden completing the signing ceremony for his cabinet and sub-cabinet nominations.

At a ceremony at the Capitol, he was then presented with a commemorative vase engraved at its base with an image of the White House, while Harris was given one with an image of the Capitol.

Each was also gifted one of the flags that were flying outside the Capitol as they were sworn in, Biden by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Harris by former Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell.

Pelosi said: "May [the flag] be a symbol of the hope, the healing, and all of the enthusiasm that you have for our country."

There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face. That's why today, I am heading to the Oval Office to get right to work delivering bold action and immediate relief for American families.

"We're gonna get ready to play ball. We're ready to go," she added.

Both Biden and Harris then made their way to the steps of the Capitol for the traditional parade and inspection of the military earlier today.

They were then taken by presidential motorcade to Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier.

The President and Vice President were joined by the Obamas, Bushes and Clintons.

Biden offered a salute as he paid his respects - with the only living presidents absent from the ceremony being the elderly Jimmy Carter and Trump.

Pictures also showed a lone officer kneeling at the Delaware grave of Joe Biden's son Beau, who died with glioblastoma in 2015.

The officer is thought to have been posted to the grave to guard against vandalism.

Next up was the virtual Parade Across America, which saw people taking part in all 56 US states and territories.

In Washington, DC, military bands marched through the streets to lead Biden's motorcade.

The president was then seen exiting the motorcade and walking down the parade route towards the White House with his family.

Meanwhile, movers had been preparing and cleaning the White House ahead of the Bidens' arrival.

At the swearing-in earlier in the day, Lady Gaga took to the platform to sing the Star Spangled Banner to a crowd noticeably smaller than previous inaugurations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

She wore a large golden broach in the shape of a dove carrying an olive branch, and later tweeted: "May we all make peace with each other."

The ceremony also saw performances from Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks.

A tweet from Biden's twitter account ahead of the event read: "It’s a new day in America."

He also posted a short clip showing wife Dr Jill Biden reaching to grab his hand as the pair waited in a holding area.

A caption read: "I love you, Jilly, and I couldn’t be more grateful to have you with me on the journey ahead."

Pictures showed former president Barack Obama, 2016 Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, and Biden's 2020 rival Bernie Sanders - whose mittens went viral - at the Capitol for the event.

Vice President Pence was also in attendance for the inarguration ceremony.






Source: The Sun

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