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The 46th U.S. President Joe Biden takes office

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By Yeo-sub Yang
기사입력 2021-01-29

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Joe Biden, the oldest person ever elected as President of the United States, took office as the 46th U.S. President on January 20th, 2021.

 

President Biden began his career as of the youngest people ever elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972 when he was only 29 years old. He then represented Delaware for thirty-six years, and eight years as a vice president before he announced that he would run for president of the United Sates for a third time. Joe Biden took an oath of office delivering his inaugural address at the Federal Capitol in Washington, D.C., and began his presidency.

 

“There is no peace without unity,” Biden said. “My soul lies in unifying Americans,” he added, stressing a fresh start after appealing for unity to resolve a flurry of difficulties. The President emphasized that the U.S. would actively participate in pending international issues and restore alliances. President Biden, who is at a counterpoint with former President Trump on his policies, is expected to declare a new leadership amid a thorough break from his predecessor’s administration.

 

According to CNN, President Biden signed seventeen executive orders after his inauguration ceremony. The executive orders include the mandatory wearing of masks at federal facilities and termination of the effectiveness of a national emergency that was declared to build a wall at the southern border. Not only that, but President Biden has sworn to return to the Paris Climate Agreement to help fight climate change and rescinded Trump’s ban on travelers from Muslim countries.


The administration’s new policies, including the return to the Paris Agreement, are a series of reversal of the policies that former President Trump implemented while he was in office.


Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, the first female Vice-President in American history, also attended the inauguration ceremony and took an oath. Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama attended the event and congratulated both the president-elect and vice-president-elect.
Traditionally, the outgoing president welcomed the president-elect at the White House and attended the inauguration ceremony to be a part of a symbolic peaceful transfer of power. However, former President Trump only left a note for President Biden and headed on Air Force One to Florida, where he lives.


In the past, the ceremony was a live event with thousands of people celebrating at the Capitol, but this year, with concerns about possible armed protests and the COVID-19 pandemic, most attendees celebrated the event which was live-streamed by the major news stations and shared on social media platforms. 

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