The Inauguration of the 47th President of the United States

The inauguration of a President who represents hope for the next generation

Written by Estefany Ruvalcaba / Illustration by Margarita Gonzalez Pondal

January 20th is the inauguration day in the United States, in which the president-elect transitions into power. There is usually a large crowd gathered to witness the ceremony in-person. However, with the ongoing pandemic, Joe Biden’s inauguration was rather unique; from the “field of flags” that represented those lost during the pandemic to the masks to prevent the spread of the virus. The United States prepares for a new change and hope of progression.

At the beginning of the inauguration ceremony, we saw political figures, such as Mike Pence, Nancy Pelosi, the Obamas, etc., filled the seats outside Capitol hill. The introduction of the ceremony was given. Lady Gaga sung the national anthem, Andrea Hall recited the pledge of allegiance in sign language, and Jennifer Lopez gave a musical performance of ‘This Land Is Your Land’ and ‘America The Beautiful’. The diversity at the inauguration exemplifies the representation of the different communities throughout the United States.

Little past noon on January 20th, 2021, almost 40 million people watched as history was made. Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States, and Kamala Harris becomes not only the first female vice-president but is also the first African American and of South Asian descent.

Joe Biden stands in front of the podium to give his first speech as president. In his speech, he mentions the violent storming of the Capitol. The Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. states, “so now, on this hallowed ground where just days ago violence sought to shake this Capitol’s very foundation, 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”. He reassures the American people that no matter whatever obstacles come their way, the people will unite and continue working forward for the greater good of the country. “But the American story depends not on any one of us, not on some of us, but on all of us”. Biden points out that no single individual determines the history of the United States, but instead, it requires all to decide the path ahead. “I will give my all in your service thinking not of power, but of possibilities. Not of personal interest, but of the public good”. Biden emphasizes his duty and pure intention is to prioritize the unity and needs of the people, and not to further divide the American people. During his speech, President Biden insinuated progression and strives to fight systematic racism, advocating climate change, and improving the outcome of the pandemic.

After president Biden’s speech, Amanda Gorman, Youth Poet Laureate, recited 'The Hill We Climb'. She left a remarkable impression on the millions of viewers watching with her inspirational words and her symbolic gestures. “We will not march back to what was but move to what shall be, a country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free, we will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation, our blunders become their burden”. Her message correlates with those of the new president, Joe Biden, on moving forward towards a better future.

At the end of the ceremony, President Biden and First Lady, Dr. Biden, were seen leaving the capital both dressed in shades of blue, representing democracy. Shortly after, Vice-president Kamala Harris and second gentleman, Mr. Emhoff, are seen with former vice president Mike Pence and former second lady, Karen Pence, leaving the capitol,  officially ending the ceremony.

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