Joe Biden has officially been sworn in as the 46th US president at the US Capitol in Washington and Kamala Harris as Vice-president.

Upon taking her oath, Harris became the first woman to hold that position, as well as the first person of African-American heritage and South-Asian heritage.

Kamala Harris is sworn in as Vice President of the United StatesSupplied
Kamala Harris is sworn in as Vice President of the United States

In his first speech as president, Biden said “This is democracy’s day” and said the US “has much to do in this winter of peril, much to repair.”

“A day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages, America has been tested a new and America has risen to the challenge.

“Today we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate but of a cause, a cause of democracy. The people – the will of the people – has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded.

“We’ve learned again that democracy is precious, democracy is fragile and, at this hour my friends, democracy has prevailed. So now on this hallowed ground where just a few days ago violence sought to shake the Capitol’s very foundations, we come together as one nation under God – indivisible – to carry out the peaceful transfer of power as we have for more than two centuries.”

Joe BIden takes the presidential oath alongside his wife Jill BidenSupplied
Joe Biden takes the presidential oath alongside his wife Jill Biden

The new president said the country must confront the rise of white supremacy, and reject manufactured facts, adding “I will be a president for all Americans. I will fight as hard for those who did not support me as for those who did.”

“What are the common objects that we as Americans love? Opportunity, security, liberty, dignity, respect, honour, and yes, the truth,” he said to applause.

Biden also called for unity, saying America needed to end the “uncivil war” that “pits red against blue.”

“I’ve just taken a sacred oath each of those patriots have taken. The oath first sworn by George Washington.

“But the American story depends not on any one of us, not on some of us, but on all of us. On we the people who seek a more perfect union. This is a great nation, we are good people.

“And over the centuries through storm and strife in peace and in war we’ve come so far. But we still have far to go.”

Lady Gaga performed the US national anthem during the inauguration ceremony Supplied
Lady Gaga performed the US national anthem during the inauguration ceremony

Lady Gaga sang the US national anthem ahead of the ceremonies, and Jennifer Lopez performed with the US Marines Band jsut before Biden was sworn in.

Singing a medley of This Land is Your Land and America the Beautiful, Lopez spoke in Spanish in between her performance, announcing, “Una nación indivisible con libertad y justicia para todos” which translates “One nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”

Jennifer Lopez performed at the inauguration fo President Joe Biden in Washington Supplied
Jennifer Lopez performed at the inauguration fo President Joe Biden in Washington

Country singer Garth Brooks also performed ‘Amazing Grace’ while Amanda Gorman, 22, became the youngest poet to perform at a presidential inauguration.

Gorman, the country’s first national youth poet laureate in 2017, eloquently recited, “We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it, would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy, and this effort very nearly succeeded. But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated.”

Young poet laureate Amanda Gorman performs at the inauguration of Joe Biden as 46th US President Supplied
Young poet laureate Amanda Gorman performs at the inauguration of Joe Biden as 46th US President

Rev Silvester Beaman, a close friend of Biden for over 28 years, delivered the benediction.

He had earlier commented, “I will be standing in front of a building that slaves built and I will be standing at a podium that a mob desecrated. The last word that day will be the voice of God.”

Guests include former president Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, George W. Bush and Laura Bush, and Bill and Hillary Clinton. Representatives of Congress made up part of the audience, standing and seated in front of The Capitol building, all socially distanced and wearing face masks.

The inauguration ceremony took place at The Capitol in Washington in line with tradition Supplied
The inauguration ceremony took place at The Capitol in Washington in line with tradition
Former vice president Mike pence attended the inauguration of Joe Biden as US President, but former president Donald Trump refused to attend Supplied
Former vice president Mike pence attended the inauguration of Joe Biden as US President, but former president Donald Trump refused to attend
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and her husband Tim Mynett attend inauguration of Joe Biden as 46th US President on 20 January 2021Supplied
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and her husband Tim Mynett attend inauguration of Joe Biden as 46th US President on 20 January 2021

Donald Trump, who left the White House earlier today aboard the Marine One helicopter, did not attending his successor’s inauguration – only the fourth president not to do so – but his deputy Mike Pence was present.

Some 25,000 troops were guarding the ceremony after a deadly riot at the Capitol earlier this month.

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