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RECAP: The Most Striking Lines From Joe Biden’s Inaugural Speech

Joe Biden has taken his oath as the 46th US President, while Kamala Harris has become the first woman to be elected to national office.

Yesterday, January 20, Joseph Robinette “Joe” Biden, Jr. and Kamala Devi Harris were both sworn into position as President and Vice President of the United States of America, respectively. The two won in the November 2020 presidential elections, defeating incumbent president Donald J. Trump and vice president Michael R. Pence.

The elections and the transition of power weren’t as peaceful and smooth as we’d hoped them to be. Former President Trump kept on declaring himself as the winner— tweeting,  making media appearances, and even asking for recounts— but to no success.  (LOOK: Donald Trump Posts Get Flagged by Twitter, Facebook)

Weeks after what seemed like a chaotic election, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have finally taken their oath at the Capitol. And when the United States’s 46th president stood at the podium to deliver his inaugural address, he received a warm round of applause and loud cheers from spectators. The new US President did not disappoint: his speech was full of striking lines that we should all remember every day.

“To overcome these challenges, [it] requires more than words. It requires that most elusive of things in a democracy: Unity.”

American flags are placed on the National Mall, with the US Capitol behind, ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. (Photo from Alex Brandon / AP / The Guardian)

When President Biden was talking about domestic terrorism, white supremacy, political extremism, and other issues surrounding the country, he reminds us that it should not only be by words that we fight. Instead, we have to be united as one for the cause— whatever it may be— as long as it’s for the greater good.

No matter what color, race, religion, political stance, and any other divisive factor, we should be united for the good of the majority.

“When he put pen to paper, the president said, ‘If my name ever goes down into history, it will be for this act and my whole soul is in it.'”

President Joe Biden signs executive orders during his first day at the White House (Photo from Evan Vucci / Associated Press / KIRO-TV)

Quoting Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States, and what he said when signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Biden said he shares the same sentiments as him. “Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this: Bringing America together,” he said.

But whether or not we are a president, a public official, or just a regular citizen with regular jobs and lives, we must always remember that we should do all things with passion, especially those we love and advocate for. (Read: The Most Memorable Celebrity Encounters of Pope Francis) Whatever cause, advocacy, or job we take on, it should always be done with our hearts set on it, and with the determination to make it happen.

“Today, we mark the swearing-in of the first woman in American history elected to national office… Don’t tell me things can’t change.”

Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Photo from Erin Schaff / The New York Times)

Citing the election of the first woman, and multi-racial woman at that, to the vice presidency, Joe Biden reminds us that the only thing constant in the world is change. He explains that a century ago, right across where they were now at the Capitol, women were still fighting for their right to vote; and now, a woman is breaking barriers and making history as the first female vice president in American history. (Read: Women Leaders Speak Up to Duterte’s Latest Sexist Remark)

This significant moment reminds us all that nothing is permanent— whatever you’re going through, it will soon be over and your life will change for the better. Obstacles, challenges, and problems are just that, obstacles. As long as we fight to overcome them, things will eventually fall into place. Trust in yourself and in His plans.

President Joe Biden will end his term in 2025. He is only the second Catholic president of the US, after John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963.

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