It’s now time for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the United States of America.
The Democrats took the oath of office on Wednesday, slightly over two months after they were overwhelmingly elected to replace Republicans, former President Donald Trump and VP Mike Pence.
Biden and Harris were declared winners of the November 3, 2020 elections after garnering 306 Electoral College votes, surpassing the minimum 270 required to win any presidential election.
Additionally, they got over 81 million votes nationally.
The incumbent Trump and Pence got 232 Electoral College votes and slightly over 75 million votes nationally.
Wednesday’s ocassion in Washington DC was historic in many fronts.
Biden, 78, the 46th US President is the oldest occupant of the powerful office. Trump, then 69, held that record when he was sworn in four years ago.
Harris, a black, South Asian American, is the first woman to ever occupy the US’s second most powerful office. She is the daughter of a Jamaican father and Indian mother.
Trump also became the first US incumbent President in its modern history to skip successor’s inauguration as he flew out of Washington DC hours before Biden took over.
In the middle of a coronavirus pandemic that has led do over 2 million deaths globally (400 000 in the US), the event was scaled down and only a handful people led by former Presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Obama and their spouses attended the event.
Despite Biden’s clear victory, Trump has been raging over alleged voter fraud since the polls but failed to present any evidence to back his claims in courts.
Most of the cases presented to challenge the results were thrown out by judges in various States.
Two weeks ago, he charged a massive crowd to challenge those officially certifying the results at the Capitol Hill (the US Parliament) leading to an invasion of the building by thousands of his supporters.
The certification led by former VP Pence was temporarily stopped as the mob turned violent, forcinh themselves into the Capitol with dozens finding themselves into the Senate chambers.
By the time they reached there, Pence and other lawmakers had already been evacuated to safer places within the building.
Despite Trump’s protestations, Biden said there was no time to waste in rebuilding America after it was ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic.
“There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face. That’s why today, I am heading to the Oval Office to get right to work delivering bold action and immediate relief for American families,” he posted aa he began his term in office.