It’s official! Former U.S. Senator Kamala Devi Harris and former Vice President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. now occupy the offices of Vice President and President of the United States of America.
This peaceful transfer of power occurred on the same steps of the U.S. Capitol that were only two weeks ago swarming with a mob of domestic insurgents seeking to overthrow the process that led to today.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor swore in Vice President Harris and Chief Justice John Roberts swore in Biden.
Lady Gaga sang the National Anthem with a dramatic gold dove pin affixed to her breast, Jennifer Lopez put forth a medley of “This Land is Your Land” and “America the Beautiful” with a small nod to her own “Let’s Get Loud” mixed in with some words in Spanish, and Garth Brooks offered an a cappella take on “Amazing Grace.”
The most unexpected performance highlight came from inaugural poet Amanda Gorman, 22, who stirred the audience with her spirited recitation of “The Hill We Climb.”
President Biden’s first official speech is below: