On Wednesday January 20, 2021, Joe Biden was officially sworn in as the 46th President of The United States. Kamala Harris was sworn in by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina Supreme Court Justice. Harris makes history as the first Black and South Asian woman to serve as Vice President of the United States. In attendance, former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and former first ladies, Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton among socially distanced senators, representatives of Congress and about 1,000 other guests. Former president Donald Trump and former first lady Melania Trump were not in attendance, making Trump the first president to miss an inauguration since Andrew Johnson in 1869.
Not only a historical event, it held performances by Lady Gaga singing the national anthem, Jennifer Lopez singing “Let’s Get Loud”, and Amanda Gorman reciting her poem “A Hill We Climb” which she wrote for the event. Gorman is also the youngest to recite poetry at an inauguration and has previously announced that she plans on running for president in 2036, the earliest she is eligible to do so.
We couldn’t ignore the fashion at the inauguration by Harris and Michelle Obama who wore by black designers. Harris wore a monochromatic purple ensemble made by designer Christopher John Roberts. According to CNN’s Abby Phillips, the purple color choice was a nod made to Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to run for the presidential seat in 1972. Harris credits Chisholm for inspiring her to go into politics. Michelle Obama, who also sported a monochromatic look and black face mask by designer, Sergio Hudson. Yene Damtew, a Washington D.C. based hairstylist is credited for Michelle Obama’s bouncy curls.
President Joe Biden wasted no time and completed 17 executive orders which will undue policies that previous President Trump enacted. They included a federal mask mandate to get a hold on the pandemic, stopping the construction of the wall, and undoing restrictions on the travel ban in Muslim countries to name a few. There is still a lot of work to be done but it is without a doubt change is on the horizon.
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