Joe Biden To Be Inaugurated As 46th President Of The United States Of America

Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President on the West Front of the US Capitol, about two weeks after insurrectionists incited by Donald Trump stormed the building.

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After months of campaigning and promising America that he will work to heal a fractured nation, President-elect Joe Biden will finally begin his work on unifying a divided country today once he’s inaugurated as 46th President of the United States. More than 25,000 National Guard troops have been put in place to ensure that the transfer of power can occur peacefully, and Trump has already left the White House to head for his resort in Florida; this marks the first time in more than 150 years that the previous president will not be attending his successor’s swearing-in ceremony. 

According to media reports White House chief usher Timothy Harleth will now be responsible with the duty of meeting the Bidens at the White House in the traditional greeting that occurs before swearing in. On his way out, Trump went off script with his final remarks, wasn’t wearing a mask, used the racist term “China virus” to describe Covid-19, and then gave his administration all the credit when it came to developing a coronavirus vaccine. 

After decades in politics Biden is gearing up to deliver what is likely to be one of his most inspiring speeches yet following four years of complete division in America. America is now dealing with an uncontrollable pandemic that has been pretty much ignored for the past ten months, an economic collapse that has left millions unemployed, and deep racial divisions and issues of systemic racism. Biden is expected to discuss how he intends to restore the “soul of the nation.”

“I pledge to be a President who seeks not to divide, but to unify. Who will work with all my heart to win the confidence of the people. For that is what America is about: The people. And that is what our Administration will be about.”

Trump has still yet to concede the election, and has worked hard to impede the natural transition of power that has been the backbone of our democracy for nearly 200 years. Vice President Mike Pence plans to attend Biden’s inauguration, and will be there to see the first female, Black, and South Asian vice president take office. 

After a year of Donald Trump and his administration downplaying the Covid-19 pandemic that has now claimed the lives of nearly 400,000 Americans, Biden’s first act in Washington this week will be to honor the victims of the pandemic, and begin working with his Covid-19 task force to lead combating the rest of this pandemic with science. This Tuesday Biden honored all the victims who have passed from this horrible virus by illuminating the edges of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool with 400 columns of light; this is the first time anyone in DC has honored the lives lost. 

Biden discussed his own personal hardships in life, such as losing two children and his first wife in separate tragic accidents, and explained how those lessons have prepared him for guiding a nation in mourning to fight the rest of this pandemic. Biden has made a multitude of claims that once he takes office on Wednesday he will work to undo the Trump administration’s overly politicized response to the Covid-19 pandemic and begin accelerating the process in which vaccines are distributed throughout the nation.

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“Biden will move swiftly to undo some of the damage that Trump has done, including rejoining the Paris climate agreement and ending Trump’s ban on travel from predominantly Muslim countries.”

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The President-elect also is planning to extend a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures for families impacted by Covid-19 and he will also sign an order that will require masks to be worn on federal property and during interstate travel at all times, according to reports. When it comes to the pandemic and economy, Biden has emphasized that his administration will lead with compassion, not politics, in ensuring that every American is taken care of. 

For Inauguration Day itself, obviously the pandemic is forcing it to look a little different this year. Covid-19 aside, however, the recent riot that occurred at the Capitol building is also forcing Inauguration Day to be a lot more heavily guarded; no crowds will be allowed in the streets and the city itself is remaining in lockdown. 

Biden will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where he will be joined by former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, as well as their partners. All of the other traditional inaugural festivities will be live-streamed for audiences at home this year, including the inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, which will honor the Biden Administration. 

Both Biden and Harris will have a presidential escort from 15th Street to the White House including the US Army, a Joint Service Honor Guard, and the commander in chief’s Guard and Fife Drum Corps. Drumlines from both the University of Delaware and Howard University will also join the event to honor the alma maters of the president-elect and vice president-elect. The parade will be hosted by actor Tony Goldwyn and will feature a slew of performances as well.