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brooklynite

(94,489 posts)
Wed Jan 20, 2021, 12:59 PM Jan 2021

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president, as the Trump era ends amid a national rift

Source: Washington Post

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was sworn in Wednesday as the 46th president of the United States, rising to the pinnacle of a career in public leadership that began a half century ago and now forces him to confront convulsing challenges dividing a fractured nation.

With his hand on his family Bible, Biden recited the oath taken by his predecessors, promising to “faithfully execute the office of president of the United States,” and, with the help of God, “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Moments before, Kamala D. Harris took her oath of office, making her the country’s first female vice president, and also the first Black American and first with Indian heritage to hold the second highest office in the land. She had placed her hand on twin Bibles, one from a family friend and the second belonging to Thurgood Marshall, the first African American justice of the Supreme Court.

Biden replaces outgoing president Donald Trump, whose scandal-plagued single term was constantly dogged by accusations that he failed to uphold his own oath — including in recent weeks as he refused to concede the election, tried to browbeat his vice president, Mike Pence, to violate the Constitution and inspired a deadly riot by supporters against the U.S. Capitol.



Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/joe-biden-sworn-in/2021/01/20/13465c90-5a7c-11eb-a976-bad6431e03e2_story.html
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Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president, as the Trump era ends amid a national rift (Original Post) brooklynite Jan 2021 OP
9 minutes early underpants Jan 2021 #1
Happy days R Merm Jan 2021 #2
Good to know. AirmensMom Jan 2021 #3
Why 11:48? What happened to noon? mahatmakanejeeves Jan 2021 #4
You want to be sworn in BY 12 noon in order to begin office. brooklynite Jan 2021 #5
Yes! electric_blue68 Jan 2021 #6
Feels like Christmas morning when presents are waiting downstairs ArizonaLib Jan 2021 #7

AirmensMom

(14,642 posts)
3. Good to know.
Wed Jan 20, 2021, 01:04 PM
Jan 2021

I’ve been streaming NBC and it hasn’t happened yet. Wonder WTF is going on? Why the delay? I couldn’t find anything else that worked. Whitehouse.gov never started streaming at all. Damn. I didn’t want to miss it.

mahatmakanejeeves

(57,378 posts)
4. Why 11:48? What happened to noon?
Wed Jan 20, 2021, 01:08 PM
Jan 2021

Since the 20th Amendment requires that this whole shebang happen at noon, under Admiralty Law, I hereby pronounce myself ...

No, seriously, why so early? I though my clock needed a new AA cell.

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