Joe Biden delivers first remarks as president of the U.S.

January 20, 2021 60 Views

President Joe Biden delivers his first address after taking the oath of office. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO:

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. became the 46th U.S. president on Wednesday, completing the most daunting power transfer in recent American history.

Inaugurated in a fortified Washington under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, the 78-year-old Democrat took the oath of office at the U.S. Capitol in front of a sparse bipartisan crowd.

He enters the White House exactly two weeks after a mob inflamed by his predecessor, Donald Trump, stormed the Capitol, disrupting the transition to Biden’s administration and leaving five people dead.

Biden took the oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, with his left hand on a family Bible. During an inaugural address in which he called on Americans to reject efforts to sow division and pledged to work for the voters who did not support him, Biden declared, “Democracy has prevailed.”

“On this hallowed ground where, just a few days ago, violence sought to shake the 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,” Biden said.

Biden, the oldest American president, faces swirling crises as he and Vice President Kamala Harris take power. At 56, she became the first woman, first Black American and first South Asian American to become vice president.

Biden will try to streamline the biggest vaccination effort in U.S. history to contain a virus that has claimed more than 400,000 lives nationwide. He will aim to boost an economy in which about 18 million people are receiving unemployment benefits and food banks experience demand unseen in decades.

“In the work ahead of us, we’re going to need each other. We need all of our strength to persevere through this dark winter,” the president said.

Biden will try to implement a broad agenda while navigating a country where millions of people, including members of Congress, fed disinformation by Trump question the legitimacy of his victory in the November election. In his remarks, the president said the country must “reject the culture where facts themselves are manipulated and even manufactured.” Biden called on Americans to “defend the truth and defeat the lies.”

Biden, a Democrat, won the presidency in November in his third try. His first attempt came during the 1988 presidential cycle, followed by a 2008 primary loss to his future boss Barack Obama.

Biden served two terms as Obama’s vice president from 2009 to 2017. He took the job after 36 years in the Senate representing Delaware, a state Biden has said “will be written on my heart.” Biden joined the Senate when he was 30.

This time, Biden ran as the person best equipped to defeat Trump. Concerns bubbled within his party that his record on racial justice and the social safety net left him unprepared to confront the country’s challenges. Biden pledged to “restore the soul of America,” and clinched his party’s presidential nomination after early stumbles.

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  3. No loved president should need this much protection this looks more like a communist dictators inauguration than an elected presidential inauguration

    There’s a reason you separate the military and the police one fights the enemy of the state the other SERVES and protects the people when the military becomes both then the enemies of the state tend to become the people. — commander William Adam

  4. Interesting how he is supposedly the most loved president in history yet there were hardly any people at rallies, barely any people at his inauguration… barely any views at all for social media… liar, pervert, thief, waste of tax payer dollars… those words can be used in several different descriptive sentences

  5. YouTube, heads up! We all are 100% clear your changing our likes and dislikes. These likes are just as fraudulent as the new wanna be president. No matter how much you change it. We still don’t like him and still didn’t vote him in!!

  6. What an atrocious man. Joe did you escape an old aged care facility. This will be a nightmare 4 years for usa. Harris will remove him in a years time. How on gods earth did anybody vote for this twit

  7. I live in Alabama named my name is Bobby we've tried every way we know to to get our power cut back on our before we got no power we had no power in a while and I'm only challenge brother don't understand how can we go about getting power our power cut back on and help what our resources will no resources out here they won't help you out here at the churches wanting to help you with food

  8. Beware of a president that speaks out of both sides of their mouth. On one side he's saying how great America is, while the other side he's talking about the evils of the United States. how can you rise to the level of the leader of the Free World and president of the United States and not believe it's the greatest Nation on the planet? So how many out there miss Trump? Yes he was many things and not perfect but he always believed in one thing, the exceptionalism of all the American people.