January 26, 2021
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in on January 20th, 2021 as the President and Vice President of the United States of America. After many roadblocks leading up to, during, and after the election, Biden is now the official President of the United States of America.
Performers such as Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, and Garth Brooks sang at Biden’s inauguration, but most notably, Amanda Gorman (Youth Poet Laureate) read a poem that is getting a lot of buzz online. Written herself, the idea for her poem was inspired by the riots that took place at the US Capitol earlier this month and took influence from famous authors such as Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, and even the musical Hamilton. The twenty-two year old Gorman became the youngest poet to ever read at an inauguration. Biden’s inaugural address ended the event with the reality in which our country is facing, but also how he will help us dig the nation out of our current state.
“But while democracy can be periodically delayed
it can never be permanently defeated
In this truth
in this faith we trust
For while we have our eyes on the future
history has its eyes on us.”
- Amanda Gorman
While the event was entertaining to watch, the milestones that are coming out of it must not be overlooked. Kamala Harris is now the first black, South Asian, and female Vice President of the United States. Notably, Biden also becomes the oldest President at age seventy-seven.
Biden was busy after the inauguration, signing seventeen executive actions since he was sworn in. His first executive order was the institution of a national mask mandate on all interstate and federal travel. Part of his one hundred day plan, Biden has promised to administer one hundred million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine within this timeframe, also appointing a COVID-19 response coordinator. As well, Joe Biden has reversed the “Muslim Ban” and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), both policies that were implemented under the Trump Administration. With this, Biden has ordered the construction of the wall on the border of Mexico and the United States of America to a halt. On top of this, Biden has rejoined the United States of America into the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the reversal being one of Trump’s more recent final acts as former President. Lastly, he has promised to advance racial equity in the federal government and support communities that get overlooked in these aspects.
Joe Biden has promised much change for the United States coming into his Presidency and time will only tell whether he will follow through on some orders that could change our country.