Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th President of the United States . He took his oath of office Wednesday at the US Capitol, ending the Donald Trump era.
Biden, surrounded by his family, took the oath of office at 11:49 a.m. at a ceremony at the well protected US Capitol.
The oath of office was administered by US Chief Justice John Roberts, at the ceremony attended by former President Bill Clinton and wife Hillary, former President George Bush and Wife Laura, former President Barack Obama and wife Michelle, and Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen.
In his inaugural address has called for unity among all Americans regardless of differences in ideology, color and faith.
“We’ve learned again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile. And at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed,” he said.
“So now, on this hallowed ground, where just a few days ago violence sought to shake the Capitol’s very foundation, we come together as one nation under God, indivisible, to carry out the peaceful transfer of power as we have for more than two centuries. As we look ahead in our uniquely American way, restless, bold, optimistic, and set our sights on the nation we know we can be and we must be.
“Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this: bringing America together, uniting our people, uniting our nation. And I ask every American to join me in this cause.
“Uniting to fight the foes we face, anger, resentment and hatred, extremism, lawlessness, violence, disease, joblessness and hopelessness. With unity, we can do great things, important things.
“So, with purpose and resolve, we turn to those tasked of our time, sustained by faith, driven by conviction, and devoted to one another and the country we love with all our hearts. May God bless America and may God protect our troops. Thank you, America,” he said.