Surely not! After everything that has occurred since the election, a ‘normal’ inauguration seemed incredibly unlikely. However, the inauguration ceremony was mostly peaceful and Joe Biden’s first day as President demonstrated that he’s here to make changes, not just revel in his newfound power.
Joe Biden’s inauguration as the 46th President of the United States took place on January 20th, marking the commencement of the 4-year term of Joe Biden as President and Kamala Harris as Vice President. Donald Trump is OFFICIALLY no longer the President of the United States, and it is a glimmer of hope in what has been a devastating last year for the people of America.
Biden’s inauguration will forever go down in history due to the extraordinary circumstances it took place. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause havoc around the United States with still over 200,000 confirmed cases per day and over 3,000 deaths. Former President, Donald Trump, attempted to overturn the election results, including inciting a storming of the Capitol and resulting in a second impeachment. This also led to fears of widespread civil unrest and possible violence during Biden’s inauguration.
There was also a limited live audience to watch the event. Members of the Congress could attend with only one guest of their choosing and face masks, temperature checks and social distancing was enforced. Biden also beat Trump with one of the smallest crowds of all time! However, Biden could rejoice in the small crowd, whereas Trump spent a series of weeks trying to disprove images which clearly indicated that there was a larger crowd at Obama’s inauguration.
Biden’s speech focused upon national unity. That’s his goal, and he has set his bar incredibly high. I love it. Setting goals is great, but setting long-term goals that may seem far away can motivate us and push us to achieve more than we could ever imagine. If Biden can go to work every day with the same motivation, commitment and consistency, he can make real progress to achieving his goal.
This is what we witnessed immediately after his inauguration. Some of the executive orders that he made included taking steps to rejoin the Paris climate accord, halted oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and cancelled the national emergency order made by Trump which re-directed money to fund wall construction on the border with Mexico. Other orders included rescinded the travel ban on US residents from Muslim-majority countries, requiring the use of masks in all federal buildings and halting America’s exit from the World Health Organisation.
The start of a race is vital. If you get off to a strong start, it gives you options regarding how you want to win the race. It allows you the opportunity to be flexible, adjust to different circumstances and overcome any barriers. Biden has made a solid start to his 4-year race as US President. However, although the beginning is essential, you will likely still lose the race if you don’t keep up that same intensity and enthusiasm.
For Biden to win the race, he must go to work every day committed to creating real change and inspiring over 300 million people to work towards unity each and every day. This race will have many ups and downs, but I am hopeful that Biden will not only win at the end of it but come close to a world record.
Good luck Joe, I wish you and all Americans the very best!