The military band assembles before the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Jim Bourg


Joe Biden fired the first flare of his presidency with six words: It’s a new day in America. The phrase came via Twitter, the way his predecessor often communicated, but without caps or exclamation points.

“This is Democracy’s day,” Biden said during his speech. “The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded.”

Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th president by Chief Justice John Roberts. Kamala Harris was sworn in as vice president by Justice Sonia Sotomayor. A small crowd was in attendance, though the inauguration was otherwise virtual. Audiences viewed the proceedings through the Presidential Inauguration Committee website, as well as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Washington, D.C. remained in lockdown throughout the inauguration due to concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic and potential unrest following the Jan. 6 insurrection attempt. More than 25,000 National Guardsmen and numerous other security forces patrolled the National Mall and Capitol Building. 

President Donald Trump did not attend the inauguration ceremony, departing via Air Force One Wednesday morning en route to his private Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. Before boarding the plane, he said goodbye to the press and said it has been an “honor of a lifetime” to serve. He told gathered supporters that he would be back in some form. Trump has reportedly floated the possibility of starting a new political party called the Patriot Party.

Biden is preparing to sign a flurry of executive orders that will lay out his coronavirus, immigration and climate policies. The most pressing priority is combatting the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.He plans to sign executive actions requiring masks on all federal grounds. He also intends to ask agencies to extend moratoriums on evictions and federal student loan payments.


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Kamala Harris May Reshape How People View the Vice Presidency Forever – The Root – 1/20/2021
Black women, in particular, supported Harris and the Democratic ticket during the 2020 race, yet are are all too often the unsung heroes of the party base and simultaneous “backbone of our democracy.” With that in mind, Perry is still hopeful for change and notes this is just the beginning for a potentially new relationship between Black folks and the highest office in the land.

Donald Trump’s Israel Legacy of Achievement Lives On – Breitbart – 1/20/2021
As President Donald Trump leaves office ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday, here’s another look at 12 foreign policies the outgoing president did for Israel that helped reshape the Middle East.

Trump Has Left the White House – Teen Vogue – 1/20/2021
He again hinted at the idea that, while this may be the end of his term, it may not be the end of his political career. Speculation about Trump’s next move as a former president continues. “We will be back in some form,” Trump said near the end of his speech to cheers from the crowd. “Have a good life. We’ll see you soon.”

Biden to Issue Executive Order Blitz Aimed at Undoing Trump Legacy – National Review – 1/20/2021
President-elect Joe Biden plans to take a slew of executive actions on day one of his presidency aimed at combating the coronavirus pandemic and rolling back “the gravest damages of the Trump administration.” Biden will issue 17 executive orders, memoranda, directives, and letters on Wednesday after he is sworn in that will begin to unwind President Trump’s legacy across race relations, the environment, immigration, foreign policy, and much else.


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