President Biden took the oath of office shortly before noon today to become the 46th President of the United States of America.
President Biden received a standing ovation as he took the podium to deliver his inaugural address, his first speech as president.
After thanking those present at the inauguration, Biden said, “This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day.”
The president referenced the violent attack on the Capitol two weeks ago, saying it underscored the value of American democracy.
“We’ve learned again that democracy is precious,” the president said. “And at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed.”
“Few people in our nation’s history have been more challenged or found a time more challenging or difficult than the time we’re in now,” President Biden said.
Kamala Harris made history as the country’s first Black, female and South Asian vice president.
Dressed in a purple dress and overcoat, the vice president took the oath with her husband and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff looking on.
Emhoff’s two children from his first marriage were also in attendance. After taking the oath, Harris hugged Emhoff and gave a fist bump to President Joe Biden.
President Biden concluded his inauguration speech with, “May God Bless America, and may God bless our troops. Thank you, America.”