Recap: Joe Biden’s inauguration

Recap: Joe Biden’s inauguration

Joe Biden on Wednesday became the 46th President of the United States. 

Joe Biden sworn in

Joe Biden made a call for unity, vowing to bridge deep divides and defeat domestic extremism two weeks after a mob attack tried to undo his election victory.

"We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal. We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts, if we show a little tolerance and humility and we're willing to stand in the other person's shoes."

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Listen to Martin Bester’s observations below:

"Together we shall write an American story of hope, not fear, of unity, not division, of light, not darkness. A story of decency and dignity, love and healings and goodness" – Joe Biden.  

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Lady Gaga, in an eye-catching dress that was Valentine red, sang the national anthem, while Tom Hanks prepared for a televised evening appearance with the new President.

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Jennifer Lopez sang a pop rendition of 'This Land is Your Land', often considered the unofficial US national anthem, ending it by exclaiming the words of the pledge of allegiance - a nation that promises "liberty and justice for all" - in Spanish.

See more of the inauguration day festivities below:

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