US President Biden – 20 Jan 2021

Joe Biden was sworn in as the new US president on 20 January 2021 and Kamala Harris became the vice president in a ceremony snubbed by outgoing president Donald Trump but Mike Pence, the former vice president, was there.

Joe Biden has become the 46th president of the United States, the oldest ever at 78 years old, following an acrimonious election against Donald Trump who never accepted his defeat claiming that the election “had been stolen from him”.

The inauguration ceremony was somewhat muted due to COVID-19 restrictions and with Washington DC under lock-down following an invasion of the Capitol building by 100s of Trump supporters during a meeting of Congress, on 06 January 2021, to confirm Joe Biden’s election victory. Some 25,000 National Guard were stationed in DC to provide security for the event.

Within hours of being sworn in, Biden signed 15 executive orders to reverse some of Trumps key policies including those related to the COVID-19 crisis, immigration and climate change.

A transcript of Biden’s Inauguration speech is available if you want to read it

Joe Biden 46th President of the United States Inauguration Speech (pdf)