• Lane Bullis

Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris

On January 20th, 2021, a monumental moment happened in United States history. Our new President, Joseph R. Biden was sworn in, and so was our Vice President Kamala Harris. Not only is she the first female Vice President, but the first black and Indian American woman to be in a position of power as high up as the Vice-Presidency. Vice President Harris’ inauguration was a colossal moment for women and girls around the country.

On the morning of the inauguration, President Trump said a few words, thanked his supporters, left a note for the new President taking over the White House, and then left on Air Force One with his wife, Melania, and his children. Meanwhile, President Biden and Vice-President Harris attended a church service prior to their inauguration, then made their way to the Capitol to be sworn in. Before they were sworn in, there were speeches and musical performances. Lady Gaga sang the national anthem, and Jennifer Lopez gave a stunning performance of “This Land is Your Land” and “America, the Beautiful”, while also sneaking in a snippet of her iconic song “Let’s Get Loud”, and subsequently addressed the nation in Spanish by saying, “Una nación, bajo Dios, indivisible, con libertad y justicia para todos” which translates to, “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Another notable performance was by Amanda Gorman, a 22-year-old poet who recited a poem called “The Hill We Climb”. Critics and social-media users around the country raved at Gorman’s performance. She is the nation’s first Youth Poet Laureate.

After these performances and speeches, Vice President Harris was inaugurated, sharing a fist bump with President Biden. After that came President Biden who was sworn in with his family standing at his side. Then, to end the day, there was another performance by Katy Perry, where she performed her hit song “Firework”, while our new President and Vice-President watched a gorgeous firework show.

On Biden’s first day, he reversed President Trump’s transgender military ban, stopped the construction of the border wall, started reversing rollbacks President Trump put into place regarding the environment, extended student loan payment/interest pause, and rejoined the World Health Organization. He had quite the active first day, and, just as he promised, he got straight to work.

To conclude, regardless of your opinions on President Biden and President Trump, the 2021 inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris was a very historic event that will forever go down as one of the most memorable moments in U.S. History.

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