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WASHINGTON  —  Joe Biden is officially the 46th President of the United States.  He was sworn in Tuesday morning by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

“This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve,” Biden said in his inauguration speech.

Biden called this a “historic moment of crisis and challenge.”  He cited the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, racial injustice, a deeply divided populace, and climate change.  Biden vowed to put his “whole soul” into the job ahead.  He asked for prayers for the more than 400-thousand Americans whose lives have been claimed by the coronavirus.

The new President cited the violent and deadly attack on the Capitol on January 6th and said, democracy is fragile and democracy has prevailed.  Biden again vowed to be a President for all Americans and asked supporters of former President Trump to give him a chance.  He condemned extremism and called for an end to “this uncivil war.”  Biden said the U.S. can be a shining beacon to the rest of the world again.  He vowed to help write the next great chapter of  America’s story.  Biden called it a story of decency, dignity, love, and healing.

Kamala Harris is making history as the nation’s first female, first African-American, and first Asian-American Vice President.