Biden’s inauguration and first week as president

Last Wednesday, President Biden was sworn in as the 46th president.



On Wednesday, January 20th, the transition of presidential power is completed with Biden’s inauguration in Washington D.C. Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president while Kamala Harris was sworn in as the 49th vice president.

Former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama attended the inauguration to congratulate Biden off, as the new leader of the nation. Former Vice president Mike Pence also attended whereas former presidents Donald Trump and Jimmy Carter did not. Trump departed the White House for the last time as president around 8 am.

The inauguration featured multiple known figures such as Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez. Poet, Amanda Gorman also appeared and became the first youth poet laureate ever in the nation. She delivered a poem that day titled “The Hill We Climb” calling for Americans to unify.

Biden’s inauguration speech called for the nation to come together, emphasizing unity being most important in a democracy. The end of the historic event ended with a large display of fireworks and a guest appearance by singer, Katy Perry singing one of her popular songs “Firework”.

After the inauguration, Biden got right to work, signing nearly 30 executive orders in his first days in office. Some of the orders begun to tackle issues including Covid-19, environmental changes, and diversity. They were also the beginning of overriding many of Trump’s former orders. Harris was also engaged in her new role as she swore in three new Democratic senators including Alex Padilla, who replaced Harris as the California senator after she resigned.