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Biden, Harris sworn in

by Trinity Gruenberg

Forty-sixth President Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. and Vice President Kamala Devi Harris were inaugurated on January 20.

Biden was a former vice president under President Barrack Obama. Harris is the first female vice president and the first Black and South Asian vice president. The First Lady is Jill Biden, Ed.D. and the Second Gentleman is Douglas Emhoff.

Vice President Mike Pence attended the inaugural ceremonies. President Trump did not. He is the first living president to miss his successor’s inauguration since Andrew Johnson in 1869. Trump did keep up with the tradition of leaving his successor a letter that Biden called “generous.”

Crowds were replaced with flags due to the ongoing pandemic and thousands of troops were stationed at the ceremony following the civil unrest just two weeks prior.

Senator Amy Klobuchar delivered remarks at the ceremony.

“This is the day our democracy picks itself up, brushes off the dust, and does what America always does: goes forward as a nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” said Klobuchar.

“This is America’s Day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve,” said President Biden after being sworn in.

Executive Orders

President Biden signed 17 executive orders hours after being inaugurated.

He signed an executive order appointing Jeffrey D. Zients as the official COVID-19 response coordinator. The order restores the directorate for global health security and biodefense at the National Security Council.

Biden is requiring social distancing and mask-wearing on all federal property and by all federal employees. . .


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