Becoming the 46th President of the United States, Joe Bidden sworn together with Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday. His deputy, Kamala Harris, the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, becomes the first woman, Black person, and first Asian-American to serve in the position. Kamla Harris arrived with husband Doug Emhoff for the inauguration ceremony. According to PC-SKY News, she was sworn in by Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice of the US.
In his first remarks, Biden said, “Here we stand days after a riotous mob thought they could silence the will of the people. It will not happen, not today, not tomorrow, not ever.” He pledged to be honest with the country as it continues to confront difficulties, saying leaders had an obligation to “defend the truth and defeat the lies”.
After Mr. Biden departed from the platform, he was expected to sign paperwork in the President’s Room within the U.S. Capitol. Afterward, he reviews troops outside the Capitol before departing and traveling to Arlington National Cemetery for a ceremony with former Presidents in attendance. Later, Mr. Biden is expected to make his first official arrival at the White House as President before a virtual inaugural parade.
Biden also shared that Trump had written him a “generous” letter before departing from Washington. “The president wrote a very generous letter. Because it was private, I won’t talk about it until I talk to him. But it was generous,” he said. In his final address before leaving the White House, Trump had told the nation, “We love the American people and again it has been something very special. And I just want to say goodbye, but hopefully, it’s not a long term goodbye. We’ll see each other again.”
PM Modi also congratulated President Joe Bidden and Vice President Kamala Harris for being sworn in as the next President and Vice President of the United States. “My warmest congratulations to Joe Biden on his assumption of office as President of the United States of America. I look forward to working with him to strengthen the India-US strategic partnership,” Modi said.
“My best wishes for a successful term in leading the USA as we stand united and resilient in addressing the common challenges and advancing global peace and security,” he said in a series of tweets.