Article & Photo By: Zoe Kowalczyk
On January 20th, at 9:00am, the inauguration of the 46th president, Joe Biden, was underway. It was, as President Biden said in his speech, “a day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve” and a day where people throughout America could come together and see the start of a new beginning.
Although Donald Trump broke over 150 years of tradition by not attending the inauguration, former presidents and first ladies attended in celebration, along with former Vice President Mike Pence. Among those attending were Barack and Michelle Obama, Geroge. W. Bush, and Bill and Hilary Clinton. Iconic singers Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez “J. Lo” had their performances of a lifetime followed by National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, delivering her tear-jerking poem entitled “The Hill We Climb.” Everybody was more than thrilled to be involved in such a historical event.
“But the American story depends not on any one of us, not some of us, but on all of us; on we the people,” said Biden during his first speech as President. During his speech, President Biden talked about how far we as a nation need to go, along with how much we will gain from staying strong and moving forward. Kamala Harris, the first color and woman to be Vice President, has given strength a new meaning. As she said, “I may be the first woman to hold this Office. But I won’t be the last.” With the given state of the country at the moment, the U.S. needs that strength, unity and healing that has been promised .
A presidential inauguration has never been held at a more critical time than now. Considering the current climate of the U.S., literally and figuratively, there’s a lot ahead that needs to be done. “….. a raging virus, growing inequity, the sting of systemic racism, climate in crisis, American’s role in the world,” were some of the challenges Biden identified in his inaugural address. With so much to do, we all need the unity and strength Biden had preached to take on what’s happening together. Biden’s inauguration was like no other. “I give you my word: I will always level with you. I will defend the constitution. I will defend our democracy. I will defend America.” America needs a strong leader right now, and even with a few differences, the inauguration put that job into the hands of the next President.