“This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge,” U.S. President Joe Biden said Wednesday at his inauguration in Washington, D.C. Credit: Patrick Semansky/Pool via REUTERS
With his hand on his family Bible, Biden recited the oath taken by his predecessors, promising to “faithfully execute the office of president of the United States.”
Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was sworn in Wednesday as the 46th president of the United States, pledging to unite the country and confront an array of convulsing challenges dividing a fractured nation.
“This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge,” Biden said in an inaugural address that called on the nation to end its “uncivil war” and embrace a united front amid a series of daunting problems. “Unity is the path forward. And we must meet this moment as the United States of America. If we do that, I guarantee you we will not fail.”
With his hand on his family Bible, Biden recited the oath taken by his predecessors, the pinnacle of a career in public leadership that began a half-century ago.
Moments before, Kamala D. Harris took her oath of office, making her the country’s first female vice president, and also the first Black American and first with Indian heritage to hold the second-highest office in the land. She had placed her hand on twin Bibles, one from a family friend and the second belonging to Thurgood Marshall, the first African American justice of the Supreme Court.
Authors: BY TOLUSE OLORUNNIPA AND ANNIE LINSKEY, THE WASHINGTON POST