On January 20, the U.S. inaugurated its 46th president – Joe Biden.
Biden took the oath of office for the president of the United States. Then he spoke to Americans tuned in on televisions, computers, and cell phones. His tone was serious.
In inaugural speeches, the new leader often lays out a plan. Mr. Biden talked about America’s image worldwide and COVID-19. He touched on racial equality, climate change, political extremism, and domestic terrorism. The new president declared, “History, faith, and reason show the way, the way of unity … We can treat each other with dignity and respect.”
Biden’s victory in the election has been controversial. His opponents say that he did not win fairly.
These accusations lead to the protest at the Capitol. To avoid any more unrest, this year’s inauguration was held without a public audience. The streets around the event were fenced off and guarded by police and the National Guard. Only a small group were there to witness the event, including politicians and celebrities.
Kamala Harris was also sworn in as the vice president. Harris became the first female vice president and also the first person of color to get the job.
So, what will Biden and Harris do now that they are in charge?