By Goodluck Ikiebe.
President Joe Biden anf Vice-President Kamala Harris
United States 46th President-elect Joe Biden, has been sworn in as the President of the United States, after the Electoral College votes for him and the Congress’ confirmation of his electoral victory against outgone Donald Trump.
The inauguration came after Trump’s attempts through his supporters to subvert Biden’s victory by occupying the US Capitol to overturn the election results.
Biden was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
“It’s a new day in America,” Biden wrote on Twitter before the inauguration as, in a sign of his push for unity, he prayed alongside confer as jobs leaders at a Roman Catholic church.
He said;”Through a crucible for the ages, America has been tested anew, and America has risen to the challenge.
“Today we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate but of a cause: the cause of democracy”, Biden said early in his address.
Biden called on Americans to overcome divisions, declaring that “without unity, there is no peace.”
“We must end this uncivil war that pits red versus blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal”, he said.
We will repair our alliances and engage with the world again,” he promised.
“Let’s build and gain more to gain. Democracy has won. There is much to restore. The future of American required so much, it required Unity.
“We must confront the rise of white supremacy and domestic terrorism. The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer. My whole is in putting America back together and reuniting the countrol.
“There is truth in our lives. Live toll for power and for profit. Don’t tell me things can’t change. Here we stand. We have the first female black President in Kamala Harris”, he added.
Meanwhile, former California Senator, Kamala Harris, was earlier sworn in as the first ever female Vice President of the United States.
Harris, 56, took the oath of office from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in a ceremony at the US Capitol.
She is the first Black woman and the first woman of South Asian descent to become US vice President.