December 5, 2023

Joe Biden has been sworn in as the forty-sixth president of the United States of America.

Raising his right hand and placing his left on a Bible, Biden took the oath of office on Wednesday during a scaled-down inauguration due to the coronavirus.

He pledged to unite a deeply divided nation reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve,” Biden said in his first address as president.

“Today we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause – the cause of democracy.”

Vice President Kamala Harris, the first woman and first person of colour to hold the post, was sworn in shortly before Biden.

In an extremely rare move, Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, chose to not attend the ceremony.

Trump left the White House early on Wednesday morning, travelling on the Marine One helicopter to a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, before flying to Florida.

He briefly spoke to reporters, calling his term the “honour of a lifetime” and an “amazing four years”.

The inauguration took place amid ongoing security concerns in the US capital in the aftermath of a deadly riot on January 6, when Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building as Congress met to certify Biden’s election victory.

Thousands of security forces were deployed in Washington, DC for the inauguration, giving a strange feeling to what is normally a celebratory event enjoyed by thousands of people

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