Joe Biden became the 46th president on January 20th, 2021

Joe Biden became the 46th president on January 20th, 2021

Clara Liptzin, Writer

On January 20, 2021, Joseph R. Biden Jr. became the 46th president of the United States. Kamala Harris was sworn in as the first female and POC vice president. They won the electoral vote and popular vote. The electoral was 306 to 232. Biden earned over 81 million votes beating Trump who only had 74 million. Trump was the first to lose re-election since George H.W Bush in 1992. Trump tried to sue and file court cases claiming there was election fraud, but he lost all cases due to the fact there was no evidence of fraud. 

Many people were at the inauguration including former presidents Obama, Clinton, and Bush. Singers performed including Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, and Garth brooks. Poet Amanda Gorman recited her beautiful poem. Other politicians were there like Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Hilary ran against Trump in 2016 and won the popular vote, but lost the electoral college. 

Mike Pence, former VP showed up at the inauguration and held a phone call with Kamla congratulating her. On the other hand, former President Donald Trump did not accept his defeat nor show up to the Biden-Harris inauguration, breaking 150 years of tradition. He left for his Florida home around 8 AM the morning of inauguration day. 

With Biden in office we have hope for a new start and to resolve and help with issues around the country like climate change, the pandemic, Black Lives Matter/police reform, and many others. This has been a historic moment for democracy after swearing in the first woman vice president in history and many are hoping there will be more female vice presidents or presidents for years to come.