Time will tell
Joe Biden was sworn in today as the 46th President of the United States, and vowed before a star-studded audience to unify the nation after the tumultuous Trump years.
With the Capitol as a backdrop, Biden took the oath of office from Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts. Kamela Harris took the vice presidential oath from Associated Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Only days ago, rioters and insurrectionists invaded the Capitol to block the Electoral College vote count that certified Biden’s election.
“The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded,” Biden said. “We’ve learned again that democracy is precious and democracy is fragile. At this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day in history and hope, of renewal and resolve.”
Biden takes office with the United States deeply divided and facing a pandemic that already has killed more than 400,000 Americans. Then, there is the battered economy and increased calls for social and racial justice, but he promised a way forward.
“We will write an American story of hope,” Biden said.
His predecessor, Donald Trump, departed early today for Florida, snubbing Biden’s inauguration. He awaits a decision on whether the Senate will try him for his second impeachment, which accused him of fomenting the Capitol riot.
Again and again, Biden hammered at the idea of unity.
“And I pledge this to you,” he said. “I will be a president for all Americans, all Americans. And I promise you, I will fight as hard for those who did not support me as for those who did.”
Time will tell.