Inauguration Day


Joe Biden has been sworn in as 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, January 20.

The swearing-in ceremony for incoming President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris was held at the West Front of the Capitol at 11 a.m. Harris became the first woman and person of color in American history to become Vice President. Biden took the oath of office while placing his hand on his family bible, held by his wife, Jill Biden.

Over 1,000 socially distanced guests attended this inauguration. According to CNBC, “a small area in front of the Capitol has been reserved for socially distanced guests in a nod to the coronavirus pandemic.” The National Mall was closed to the public due to regulations and instead, 200,000 flags were placed to represent the crowd that would have attended.

Many people that attended includes former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. However, former President Donald Trump did not attend the inauguration. After the attack on the Capitol on January 6, Trump has kept a low profile and publicly announced in a tweet, from his now banned account, that he will not attend. Trump will be the first President to refuse to attend the inauguration of his successor since President Andrew Johnson, 152 years ago. Leaving the White House for the final time, he boarded a helicopter where he flew to Florida.

For performances, musicians Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Springsteen, and country star Garth Brooks headlined the entertainment to greet the Biden-Harris administration.

After the ceremonial event of a peaceful transfer of power, President Biden takes immediate action during his first hours in office to undo many of Trump’s initiative plans. These include rejoining the Paris Agreement on climate change, repealing Trump’s travel restrictions placed on Muslim-populated countries, stopping construction of the border wall and placing a federal mandate on wearing masks.

President Biden also proposed an immigration reform bill which provides an eight-year pathway to citizenship for those without legal status in the U.S. Over an estimated 11 million undocumented people will benefit from this bill.

As for racial inequality, this large social issue has pushed a crucial need for change with the new President in office. According to NBC News, “[Biden] directed federal agencies to review “the state of equity” in their agencies and deliver plans “to address unequal barriers to opportunity in agency policies and programs.” He also assigned the Office of Management and Budget to invest federal resources into communities of color to ensure equality.

Lastly, President Biden’s additional actions will include removing Trump’s ban on transgender service members and undoing the U.S. policy that blocks funding to foreign nongovernmental organizations that provide abortion services.

Overall, Biden’s administration has taken fast action all on the first day and have much more plans in the future. This is only the start for America and Biden’s plans.