Joe Biden takes the oath of office
Joe Biden just took the oath of office. He was sworn in by Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts. At noon ET, Biden will officially become the 46th president of the United States.
As Joe Biden is set to officially become President at noon ET, he called today “America’s day” in his speech at the US Capitol.
“This is democracy’s day, a day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve,” Biden said. “America has been tested anew, and America has risen to the challenge,” he added.
He said the “cause of democracy” is celebrated today.
“The will of the people has been heard and the will of the people has been heeded,” Biden said.
President Biden, after taking the oath of office, talked about the importance of unifying the country, saying “my whole soul is in this.”
The President called on Americans to come together to overcome the extraordinary challenges that face the nation – an idea that he often mentioned on the campaign trail
“To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America requires so much more than words and requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy, unity,” Biden said.
“Uniting to fight the foes we face. Anger, resentment and hatred, extremism, lawlessness, violence, disease, joblessness and hopelessness. With unity we can do great things, important things,” he added.