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Inauguration of P. Joe Biden

By Vivian Jung

Member of the Democratic Party, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. (also known as Joe Biden), was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States of America on January 20, 2021. He served as the 47th vice president from 2009 to 2017 under Barack Obama and was re-elected to the Senate six times. Creating a massive reputation over the years as an American politician, Biden was able to touch the hearts of the American people and secure his spot in the presidency. He first announced his candidacy for the 2020 presidential election back in April 2019. From then on, Biden took on the pressure along with his running mate, Kamala Harris, to expand his campaign and find an alliance with his supporters around the United States.

Just days before the inauguration, the Capitol building was invaded and stormed by a group of rioters that were not happy with the election results. Nevertheless, Biden confidently carried on with his special day and used the situation to talk about the “uncivil war” that contaminated American politics. He urged the American people to “open our souls instead of hardening our hearts” and show tolerance in situations. During his address, Biden talked about the importance of unity and showed no time wasted in getting straight to the point. Using the word “unity” a total of eight times during his speech, it was clear that he truly finds the importance of an undivided nation.

In addition to reaching out to the people of the United States, Biden sent a message to other countries calling for a powerful alliance. He wanted to build an everlasting trust creating a relationship to withstand challenges. Biden exclaimed, “We will repair our alliances and engage with the world once again - not to meet yesterday’s challenges, but today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.” He addressed a new plan to form bonds with other countries that clearly differed from the previous administration and was determined in doing so. Biden’s inauguration was not only an opportunity to talk with the United States, but it allowed a new gate to open for countries to come in and find partnerships.

The first one hundred days of Joe Biden’s presidency will be the perfect time to show a new type of leadership with his administration. So far, the main objectives will be finding ways to curb the spread of COVID-19 and delivering economic assistance to those in need. He believes in the importance of science and will be dedicating lots of resources for institutions to produce a long-awaited solution. Additionally, Biden’s memorandum concluded that all new and pending rules passed in the last days of Trump’s presidency will be reviewed to freeze approval. There was a pattern to the new president's first one hundred days which included reversing many of the bills passed by Trump’s administration and signing in new ones that raised attention by the people. The inauguration of Joe Biden could be summarized as a dynamic shift of authority of the United States that came with a wave of different emotions and actions shown by the world.

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