His inauguration went down today in the U.S. Capitol, where Biden stepped into his role as the 46th President of the United States. Joining him, while making history of her own, was Vice President Kamala Harris -- the first woman, first Black woman and first Asian American woman to hold the position.
The Twitter trends started rolling in as soon as the arrivals did -- as Harris, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton all got people talking over what they wore to the event.
Harris donned a purple look from Christopher John Rogers -- with purple being considered a sign of bipartisanship between Democrats (blue) and Republicans (red). Obama stunned in a more raspberry look, wearing a coat and belt from Sergio Hudson -- while Hillary also wore purple, just as she did during her 2016 concession speech.
History being made. All the leading women in purple - Hillary, Michelle, and Kamala. Symbolising bipartisanship and unity. pic.twitter.com/R3gd11YEjO
Hillary Clinton said the purple suit she wore when giving her concession speech was the suit she planned to wear to her first trip to Washington as president-elect in a show of bipartisanship and unity #InaugurationDaypic.twitter.com/DQrbMtRj6r
Following a few opening remarks, Lady Gaga took to the podium to sing the National Anthem -- delivering it with just as much power as one would expect from the consummate performer. She wore a custom Schiaparelli couture look, with a giant dove pin attached to her chest and her hair done up in a braid. "A dove carrying an olive branch. May we all make peace with each other," she said of her look on Twitter.
"Singing our National Anthem for the American People is my honor," she also tweeted before the performance. "I will sing during a ceremony, a transition, a moment of change—between POTUS 45 and 46. For me, this has great meaning."
"My intention is to acknowledge our past, be healing for our present, and passionate for a future where we work together lovingly," she added. "I will sing to the hearts of all people who live on this land. Respectfully and kindly, Lady Gaga."
The Star Spangled Banner is a difficult song. It was sung flawlessly by Lady Gaga. With power and grace. Channeling the moment in all its power.
Vice President @KamalaHarris, my warmest congratulations! I look forward working with you and the new administration. Finland wants to strenghten our good relations and cooperation even further. Climate, equality and human rights need strong voices.
Congratulations to @KamalaHarris on being sworn-in as @VP. It is a historic occasion. Looking forward to interacting with her to make India-USA relations more robust. The India-USA partnership is beneficial for our planet.
Watching Sotomayor administer the oath to Harris undid me. Do you know how rare it is to see women, and women alone, portrayed as patriots, as leaders, as shapers of America's history for as long as America existed. The Bechdel test of democracy and we finally effing passed.
Vice President Kamala Harris and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor have earned our admiration and shown us that in America, anything is possible. We are not there yet, but we continue to move toward a more perfect union. pic.twitter.com/18kGx9H4H4
With Dr. Jill Biden by his side, Joe Biden then took his oath of office, administered by Justice Roberts. After that, Amy Klobuchar officially introduced Biden as 46th President of the United States for the first time, to a standing ovation.
He gave a speech saying "the will of the people has been heard," adding, "we've learned again democracy is precious, democracy is fragile and democracy has prevailed."
"As we look ahead, restless, bold, optimistic and set our sights on a nation we know we can be and we must be, I thank my predecessors of both parties for their presence here today," he continued. "I know the resilience of our constitution and the strength of our nation."
"The American story depends not on any one of us, not on some of us, but on all of us," he added. "We the people who seek a more perfect union. This is a great nation, we're good people and over the centuries with storm and strife, peace and war, we've come so far, but we still have far to go."
Saying there was much to repair, restore, heal and gain, Biden said there's never been a "more challenging or difficult" time than the one we're in now, thanks to Covid, racial injustice and a surge in domestic terrorism and white supremacy. He was hopeful, however, for change and unity and once again pledged to be president for "all Americans" -- even those who did not support him.
I just can’t say it enough. Thank god for Joe Biden. Thank god. He was needed for this very speech.
Joe Biden is a plain speaking man & this speech seems true to his heart and character: it’s decent, generous, hopeful, down to earth. I’m shaken — what a relief to hear a president get up there & be truthful with us. I’ve been so desperate for honesty and facts and calm decency.
Among the last to speak at the event was 22-year-old Amanda Gorman, the National Youth Poet Laureate and youngest person in history to read a poem at an inauguration. Her powerful and emotional speech was followed by a reading from Rev. Silvester Beaman of Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Delaware -- a longtime friend of the Biden family.