Joe Biden, sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declared “democracy has prevailed” as he used his inaugural address to call for unity in a nation suffering from “deep” political divisions and a pandemic that has crippled the country.
From the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, Biden took the oath of office in a ceremony dramatically downsized because of the coronavirus pandemic as he vowed to take on the challenges of the day.
“This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day,” Biden said in his address. “America has been tested anew and America has risen to the challenge.”
Biden was sworn in with his hand on his family Bible – the same one he has used to take the oath office in the past. The oath was administered by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Standing beside Biden was first lady Jill Biden, his son, Hunter Biden, and daughter Ashley Biden.