Washington: Joe Biden Junior has sworn-in as the President of United States of America.
"I will the President for all Americans including the people who did not vote for me. Right to dissent is an important part of our democracy," Biden said in his inaugural address.
"I know forces that divide us are deep & they are real. But I also know they are not new. Our history has been a constant struggle between American ideal that we're all created equal & harsh ugly reality that racism, nativism,fear, demonization have long torn us apart," the new POTUS said.
Biden took the oath of office at noon to become the 46th President of the United States. At his side was Kamala Harris, who has made history as the country's first woman and first Indian and Black American, who sworn in as Vice President just minutes before.
Breaking with tradition, Donald Trump left Washington Wednesday morning on a Marine One chopper at 8:17 am as Biden headed to church before his swearing in.
Former Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are attending the inauguration.
Joe Biden has a huge list of to-dos for Day One of his presidency, starting with a rash of executive orders. Covid will overshadow everything else for the first 100 days but subsumed within will be efforts to push forward quick fixes on immigration, healthcare and a battered economy.
The coronavirus, which arrived in America exactly a year ago to the day, has killed more than 400,000 Americans and infected more than 24 million. Biden has promised to "manage the hell out of this operation" referring to lifting America out of the funk it is in.