Joe Biden takes oath during inauguration ceremony on Wednesday.
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Joe Biden on Wednesday became the 46th president of the United States, vowing a "new day" for the United States after four years of tumult under Donald Trump who in an extraordinary final act snubbed the inauguration.
Two weeks to the day after Trump supporters violently rampaged at the US Capitol to overturn the election results, Biden took the oath on the same very steps alongside Kamala Harris, who was sworn in moments earlier as the first woman vice president.
Biden, putting his hand on a family Bible, repeated after Chief Justice John Roberts the presidential oath -- that he will "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
"It's a new day in America," Biden wrote on Twitter before the inauguration as, in a sign of his push for unity, he prayed alongside congressional leaders at a Roman Catholic church.
Kamala Harris has been sworn in as the nation's first female vice president.
The former US senator from California is also the first Black person and the first person of South Asian descent elected to the vice presidency and becomes the highest-ranking woman ever to serve in government.
She was sworn in Wednesday by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina to serve on the Supreme Court. Vice President Mike Pence, standing in for President Donald Trump, was sitting nearby as Lady Gaga sang the national anthem accompanied by the US Marine Corps band.
Harris, 56, will be the first Black woman and first woman of South Asian descent to become vice president.
Donald Trump left Washington three hours before Biden’s swearing-in, the first president to skip the inauguration of his successor in more than 150 years.
Donald Trump left a letter to his successor Joe Biden before leaving the White House, spokesman Judd Deere told media minutes after the outgoing president's departure.
Trump, who refused to accept his defeat for more than two months, never congratulated Biden on his victory.
"We are just temporary occupants of this office," Barack Obama wrote in his own note to Trump four years ago, left in the Oval Office in line with presidential tradition.
"That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions... that our forebears fought and bled for. Regardless of the push and pull of daily politics, it's up to us to leave those instruments of our democracy at least as strong as we found them," he added.
The letter touted as one of the classiest left by a president was written by Republican George HW Bush to Bill Clinton, who had made Bush a one-term president after defeating him in the 1992 election.
The letter, which Bush left as he departed the White House in 1993, recalled his "sense of wonder and respect" as he walked in to the Oval Office four years earlier.
"There will be very tough times ... just don't let the critics discourage you or push you off course," Bush wrote.
"You will be our president when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your family well. Your success now is our country's success. I am rooting hard for you. Good luck," he told his opponent.
Donald Trump has left the White House for the final time as president. Meanwhile, President-elect Joe Biden is attending church ahead of his inauguration, a traditional step taken ahead of the swearing-in ceremony.
Trump emerged from the building Wednesday morning and strode across the South Lawn to board Marine One.
He said, "It’s been a great honor, the honor of a lifetime.”
Trump now heads to Joint Base Andrews in suburban Maryland, where he’ll have a military sendoff.
A red carpet has been placed on the tarmac for Trump to walk as he boards the plane. Four US Army cannons are set up for a 21-gun salute. Trump then flies to Florida, where he’ll stay at Mar-a-Lago.
Biden and incoming first lady Jill Biden on Wednesday are attending a service at Washington’s Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. With them are incoming Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Douglas Emhoff.
At Biden’s invitation, the first couple is joined by a bipartisan group of members of Congress, including all four top-ranking members of congressional leadership.
Former President Donald Trump’s administration ramped up support for Taiwan, increasing arms sales and sending senior officials to Taipei, angering China and stirring even greater enmity from Beijing towards Washington.
Biden’s first day is expected to be packed, with aides saying recently he would sign perhaps a dozen executive orders that could address the pandemic, the ailing US economy, climate change and racial injustice in America.
The demonstrator, Mark Leggiero, travelled to New York State Capitol under the impression that he would be protesting President Biden’s inauguration alongside thousands of Trump supporters
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA’s) Jebel Ali Power Generation & Water Production Complex has been confirmed by Guinness World Records as the largest single-site natural gas power generation facility in the world.
An Emirati couple in Abu Dhabi is grateful for the support they have received, giving their seven-month old identical twins, found to be suffering from a rare disease, the chance to live and enjoy life.
A research team of undergraduate students at Khalifa University of Science and Technology have designed and implemented a complete prototype of an electric flying car. This research, which was presented as a graduation project, marks the beginning of futuristic flying cars that will be developed and manufactured in the UAE.
Pursuant to the directives of Sheikh Sultan, the Directorate of Human Resources, in co-ordination and co-operation with all government departments, authorities and institutions in the emirate employed 73 job seekers in January and February.
Dr Tariq Sultan Bin Khadim, Member of Sharjah Executive Council, affirmed that Sheikh Sultan is keen on launching initiatives and issuing directives and decisions for supporting the employment of national cadres and enhance their competitive capabilities to enter the labor market according to corporate plans and strategies and lead the sustainable government development processes.