Joe Biden was officially sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021. In his address to the American people, Biden called for “unity” and an end to the “uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal.” He stated, “We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts — if we show a little tolerance and humility, and if we’re willing to stand in the other person’s shoes.” Kamala Harris, his vice-president and the first woman to hold her position, was also sworn in shortly before Biden. Due to Covid and security concerns, the normally 200,000-person sized crowd was a mere 1000 people on Wednesday. Among Biden’s agenda for his first days in office wre the signing of more than a dozen executive orders. These included an immigration reform bill, a face covering mandate for federal property, a reversal of Trump’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization, and a re-joining the Paris Climate Accord.
The Left rejoices at his inauguration. An article by NBC News called Biden’s speech a “powerful rebuttal of his predecessor.” Peter Baker, White House correspondent for The New York Times, stated Biden could “could hardly be more of a contrast to the president he succeeded” and wrote that Biden “prides himself on his experience working across the aisle.” American journalist and former news anchor Dan Rather stated, “The ceremony was broad, diverse, and beautiful. It was so much bigger than being about just one man…How refreshing.” “For little Black girls around the world, today means so much to watch [Kamala] walk in with the swag, watch her walk in with the dignity, to hear [reporters] say ‘Madam vice president.’ It just means so much,” said Bakari Sellers, a political analyst with CNN.
Regardless of what Joe Biden & Kamala Harris are able to achieve in the next few years, this is a HUGE political moment for women, for Black & ethnic minority communities, and for a more inclusive US. Whatever happens, this needs to be the end of racist politics.”Dr. Zubaida Haque, Deputy Director of think tank Runnymede Trust
“We have a ton of work to do to undo the harm over the last four years, but knowing we have champions there who understand what needs to happen in the first 100 days is tremendously exciting,” stated Alexis McGill, President of Planned Parenthood.
The Right is mixed in their stance, but many are trying to remain optimistic. “I thought it was a good decision to focus on unity and working together. I hope that the words can be transmitted into action,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). Regarding Biden’s promises to undo many of the pro-life policies put in place by Trump – including ending the Mexico City Policy, ending the Hyde Amendment, and reinstating a contraception mandate – Carol Tobias, Committee President of National Right to Life stated, “It’s certainly disheartening, but we aren’t going to give up, and we will do whatever we can to stop abortion from being promoted.”
“Joe Biden promised ‘unity’ and that’s nice! Also, Barack Obama promised unity, and what he meant was ‘let me ram through Leftist policy priorities, overrun executive limitations, and build a coalition around identity politics, and if you don’t like it, you’re probably a bigot.'”Ben Shapiro, American political conservative commentator
“I agree with much of what Biden’s saying—let’s lower the temperature, let’s detach disagreement from hate. But that can’t be accomplished through rhetoric that constantly divides people by class, sexuality and race,” tweeted conservative podcast host Allie Stuckey.