Updated: February 25, 2021
Joseph R. Biden Jr. delivered a 21-minute speech on Wednesday after he was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, calling for unity and promising to end the coronavirus pandemic, rebuild the economy and fight for racial justice.
President while calling for unity admitted that the goal might seem elusive right now, and criticized those who have stoked anger and division, and asked those who opposed him to “hear me out.” He praised Americans for rising to the challenge and reclaiming democracy.
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“My fellow Americans, we have to be different than this. We have to be better than this,” Biden said.
He promised to be a president for all Americans and called out those who lie for “political power and profit.”
“I will be president for all Americans. I will fight as hard for those who did not support me as those who did,” Biden said, adding, “There is truth, and there are lies.”
On foreign policy, Biden said he would rebuild the alliances frayed over the past four years.
“We can make America once again the leading force of good in the world.
“America has been tested, and has come out stronger for it,” he said.
Biden also led a moment of silence for the 400,000 Americans who have died of COVID-19, and promised not to lie to Americans.
“I give you my word: I will always level with you,” he said.
Biden also tweeted for the first time from his official Twitter account @Potus, saying there was no time to waste and he was going to work immediately.
“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 tweeted.