Joe Biden is now the 46th President of the United States.
On Wednesday, Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office at the U.S. Capitol — the same place that was attacked by rioters just two weeks ago.
While Biden took the oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Harris was sworn in by Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the highest court's first Latina justice.
Biden stood next to his wife, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, while Harris was close to her husband, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff.
BREAKING: Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president of the United States. She is the first woman and the first person of Black and South Asian descent to hold the office https://t.co/tcmAzrzqTx pic.twitter.com/ojeQDh6B1l— CNN (@CNN) January 20, 2021
“The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded. We’ve learned again that democracy is precious and democracy is fragile. At this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed,” Biden said in a speech afterward. “This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day in history and hope, of renewal and resolve.”
President Biden: "This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge, and unity is the path forward and we must meet this moment as the United States of America. If we do that, I guarantee you we will not fail." https://t.co/tcmAzrzqTx pic.twitter.com/PrXqkO5Q81— CNN (@CNN) January 20, 2021
The event also featured performances from Garth Brooks, Jennifer Lopez, and Lady Gaga, who performed "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Watch Jennifer Lopez’s stunning mash up of ‘This Land Is Your Land’ and ‘America the Beautiful’ — with a little ‘Let’s Get Loud’ thrown in for good measure 🎵 pic.twitter.com/YoUYxxf4SO— NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 20, 2021
Additionally, Amanda Gorman, the nation's first-ever Youth Poet Laureate, recited a poem entitled “The Hill We Climb,” in which she urged Americans to "leave behind a country better than the one we were left.”
"Somehow we've weathered and witnessed a nation that isn't broken, but simply unfinished. We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one," she said.
Amanda Gorman, the nation's first-ever youth poet laureate, called for Americans to "leave behind a country better than the one we were left" and unify together as she spoke at President Joe Biden's inauguration. https://t.co/cqB4pZpaAv pic.twitter.com/BnAImxmhq6— CNN (@CNN) January 20, 2021
Per CNN, on Biden’s first day in office, he will sign the Inauguration Day Proclamation, nominations to Cabinet positions, and nominations to sub-Cabinet positions in the President’s Room at the Capitol.
Afterward, Biden will review the readiness of military troops on the East Front of the Capitol in an event hosted by the Commander of Joint Task Force — National Capital Region.
Then, he and his wife will travel to Arlington National Cemetery for a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Bidens will be joined by former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, as well as by former first ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton.