“It’s a new day in America“wrote Joe Biden in his Twitter social network account earlier this Wednesday afternoon.
The “passing testimony of democracy” ceremony kicked off at 4 pm (in Lisbon) at the Capitol, in Washington. Senator Amy Klobuchar, one of Joe Biden’s allies, was the first to speak.
“This is the day when our democracy rebuilds itself, cleans up the dust and does what America has always done, which is to move forward”, said the senator.
After singer Lady Gaga played the national anthem, Kamala Harris took an oath as first woman and African American vice president.
Then it was Joe Biden’s turn to take an oath, with his left hand in a family Bible, that his wife held, and his right hand in the air.
“This is America’s Day, Democracy Day. A day of history, of hope, of renewed decision “, said the President-elect at the beginning of his inauguration speech.
“Today we celebrate the triumph, not of a candidate, but of a cause. The cause of democracy, the people and the will of the people that was heard ”, he added. “Once again we learn that democracy is precious and fragile and at this moment, my friends, democracy has won”Said Biden.
“In this sacred land where violence has shaken the capital’s bases a few days ago, we have united as an indivisible nation over God to carry out a peaceful transfer of power as we have done for more than two centuries,” said the President elected, referring to the day thousands of Trump supporters assaulted the Capitol.
“This is a great nation,” said Biden, stressing that there is, however, still a “long way to go.” “There is a lot to repair, a lot to restore, a lot to heal, a lot to build and a lot to gain ”, said the President-elect.
“Without unity there is no peace”
Without ever mentioning the name of Donald Trump, Biden acknowledged that the country will now be “put to the test” with several challenges, such as the pandemic, growing inequality, racism and the climate crisis. “Few times have been more difficult than now,” said Biden.
Joe Biden won the presidential election after winning 306 of the 538 big voters.
To face the next few days, Biden calls for unity: “We need the most lucid thing about democracy: unity”. “Uniting America, uniting our people. I ask all Americans to join me in this cause,” he underlined.
Referring again to the attack on the Capitol on 6 January, Joe Biden underlined that “America has to be better than this”. “We need to make America a force for good in the world”.
“The forces that divide us are profound and are real, but they are not new,” said the President, recalling that “our history has been a constant struggle between the American ideal, in which we are all created as equals, and the ugly reality , of racism, fear and demonization, which has been driving us away for a long time. It is a constant battle ”.
“The battle is perennial and victory is never guaranteed,” continued Biden, reiterating the importance of unity: “Without union there is no peace, only bitterness and fury. There is no nation, only chaos”.
“Today we are going to start over again, we will listen to each other and respect each other again”, guaranteed Biden.
Biden promises to “repair alliances”
“This is my message for those who are beyond our borders. America was tested and we came out stronger. Let’s repair our alliances and get involved with the world again”, The 46th President promised the US allies.
“We will lead not only by the example of our power, but by the power of our example”, Guaranteed Biden, promising that the USA will be“ a strong and reliable partner for peace, for progress, for security ”.
The Portuguese parliament welcomed this afternoon, with a brief round of applause, the inauguration of the new president of the United States.
Near the end of the 23-minute speech, the President-elect called for a moment of silence in honor of the more than 402,000 fatalities in the Covid-19 pandemic recorded in the United States.
Joe Biden then finished his speech by promising to defend the Constitution, democracy and America. “Together we will write an American story of hope, not of fear, of unity, not of division, of light, not of darkness. A story of decency and dignity, love and healing, greatness and kindness“he concluded.
For the first time in US history, the ceremony took place without an audience to attend in person, with the Capitol only accessible to accredited persons. Donald Trump did not attend the ceremony.
Still shaken by the attack on Congress by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump and the continuing threat of armed protests, the environment in the US, and particularly in Washington, is of great tension and has forced a strengthening of security measures for the day gives Inauguration de Joe Biden.
The American capital has become a true fortress: the streets are closed, with around 25,000 National Guard agents guarding the security perimeter near the Capitol. This was the largest security operation ever carried out for a presidential transition.