Joe Biden’s arrival as President of the United States represents the desire for a return to normalcy after four years of turmoil in the Trump administration – although the Democrat has major challenges ahead, such as a pandemic that has already killed more than 400,000 people and devastated the country’s economy.
At 78, the oldest president to start a first term in American history also faces a divided nation, a divide revealed by the invasion of Congress on January 6, during the certification of Electoral College votes that gave the victory to Biden.
The desire for unity was therefore the tone of the speeches and speeches of politicians on Wednesday (2). In the list below, a selection of phrases that marked the inauguration of the Democrat and the end of the Trump era.
“Today we celebrate the triumph, not of a candidate, but of a cause, the cause of democracy. The will of the people has been heard, the people have been heard and the will of the people has been fulfilled. “
“There is truth and there are lies. Lies told by power and profit. And each of us has a duty and a responsibility, as citizens, as Americans, and especially as leaders who have pledged to honor our Constitution and protect our nation, to stand up for the truth and to conquer. lies.
“We must put an end to this uncivil war which pits red against blue, rural against urban, conservative against progressive.”
Joe Biden, during his inaugural address as the 46th US President
“He brings a deep sense of empathy, which comes from his own personal experiences. It’s clearly part of your character to listen to people, to try to uplift them. And I think our country now needs a caring, compassionate and empathetic leader. And Joe Biden is all of that.
Hillary Clinton, ex-first lady and ex-presidential candidate, in conversation with the press
“We also have to remember that this is not the end, but only the beginning. As leaders, we are not judged by our words, but by our actions. So let’s get out of here together, make big things for the American people. ”
Kevin McCarthy, House Leader of the Republican Party, after showing Biden and Kamala a photo of the ceremony. It is an old tradition that leaders of Congress give gifts to new
“Now is not the time for division. It is a time of unification. A new administration begins and brings with it a new beginning. And with that, our great national debate continues and a determined democracy will continue to be more essential.
“The attack on our Capitol in the same place two weeks ago reminds us that a government designed to balance and control itself is fragile and at the same time resilient”
Republican Senator Roy Blunt speaking at the opening ceremony
“This is the day our democracy rises, cleans the dust, and does what America always does, moves forward as a nation under God, indivisible, with freedom and justice for all.”
“We promise today to never underestimate our democracy while celebrating its remarkable strength.”
“When she [Kamala Harris] take the oath, girls and boys around the world will know that anything is possible. “
Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar during her speech at the opening of the inauguration ceremony
“I will always fight for you. I will watch and listen. It’s just goodbye, we love you, we kinda come back. “
“I wish the new administration good luck and success. I think they will be very successful. They have the basis for doing something really spectacular.
Donald Trump, now former US president, in a farewell speech