Washington: Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday.
He was sworn in by Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts. “I, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr, do solemly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and will to the best of my ability,” Biden said during his oath.
“To preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So Help me God,” he added. “Congratulations Mr President,” said Roberts.
Biden, 78, became the oldest President to be sworn in. He was previously Vice President from 2009 to 2017.
Kamala Harris was also sworn in as the 49th Vice President of United States.
Harris is the first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president. “I Kamala Devi Harris do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic,” she said.
“That I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. That I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion. That I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office of which I am about to enter,” she added.
She was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
The event took place on the West Front of the US Capitol building a few days after former US President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed in, ultimately resulting in the five people.
Prominent guests including former US presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton attended the inauguration ceremony.
However, Donald Trump was absent from the ceremony. Trump left the White House in the morning rather than attend any of the day’s events.
Outgoing Vice President Mike Pence attended the ceremony after skipping Trump’s departure ceremony. The participation of former presidents is tradition to show unity and celebration of a new president.