— I, Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., solemnly swear that I will faithfully serve as President of the United States and, with all my strength, protect, defend, and uphold the Constitution of the United States. And God helps me,” Biden said, placing his left hand on the Bible.
Biden took the oath on the Bible, which has been kept in his family since 1893.
Then 21 rounds of artillery were fired over Capitol Hill.
After that, Biden, as president, addressed the people of the United States. He called on the nation to unite, saying that this is the only way to overcome all the country’s challenges. The head of state asked the Americans who did not vote for him to give him a chance and assured that he would work for the benefit of all.
At the end of his speech, Biden announced a minute of silence in memory of the 400 thousand victims of the coronavirus in America.
Before Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris took the oath of allegiance to the Constitution and the country. She became the first woman in this position.
The ceremony was opened by Lady Gaga, who sang the national anthem of the United States.
Jennifer Lopez also performed at the ceremony with the song This Land is Your Land.
The inauguration ceremony was held under increased security measures. This is due both to the events of January 6, when protesters stormed the Capitol building and to the coronavirus pandemic. In particular, the traditional dinner was canceled, and the parade, which should be held in honor of the inauguration of the head of state, was moved online.
And there were fewer guests at the current ceremony than usual. Donald and Melania Trump ignored the event and left the White House a few hours before it began, breaking the 150-year-old tradition.
Of the former presidents, Barack Obama, George Bush, and Bill Clinton attended the inauguration.
Only lawmakers were allowed to attend directly on Capitol Hill, each of whom could invite one guest. Everyone was seated at a social distance.
The poet Amanda Gorman performed at the ceremony.
“Being an American is more than the pride we’ve inherited. It’s the past we’re stepping into and how we’re rebuilding it,” Gorman said.
Current Vice President Kamala Harris and former Vice President Mike Pence left the inauguration ceremony together.
— There is no time to lose when we need to deal with the crisis facing us. That’s why I’m heading to the Oval Office today to get right to work, take serious action, and bring relief to American families,” Joe Biden wrote in his first tweet on the official account after the inauguration.