A New Beginning

A new leader steps into office

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President Joe Biden being sworn in at Capitol Hill. (Image courtesy of CNET).

Elena Vincenty, Staff Reporter

President Joe Biden being sworn in at Capitol Hill. (Image courtesy of CNET).

Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President on Jan. 20 2021 on Capitol Hill.

Just after his swearing in Kamala Harris was sworn in by Sonia Sotomayor, the first hispanic senator. Harris made history by not only being the first female Vice-President but also the first person of color in the VP seat.

Biden also added to a part of history by being the second Catholic president following President John F. Kennedy.

Following his inauguration Biden issued a number excutive orders. He swore in senators, mandated 100 days of masks, issueed for 100,000 vaccines to go out, rejoined the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Paris Climate Agreement, as well as issuing citizenship to undocumented immigrants.

The last president, Donald J. Trump, issued a farewell address before leaving the White House even though he did not attend the inauguration unlike former presidents.

During Biden’s first speech as president he stated that following Trump’s presidency he would “‘overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America, [which] requires so much more than words,’” Mr. Biden added. “’It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity'” (New York Times).

Link to New York Times article: https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/01/20/us/biden-inauguration

Link to photo source: https://www.cnet.com/pictures/inauguration-day-of-joe-biden-and-kamala-harris-in-pictures/