Highlights from Biden/Harris' Inauguration Day
Updated: Mar 5, 2021
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn into office and are now officially the president and vice president of the united states and are already leaving milestones and trump's damages in their wake
AMERICA'S FIRST FEMALE VICE PRESIDENT OF BLACK AND INDIAN DESCENT
Kamala Harris is America's first African, Indian American, female vice president. Harris, raised by her Indian mother, attended Howard University; one of America's historically black universities. Not only was she able to break through the patriarchal glass ceiling but also the racial one, being the second person of colour and the first African American to serve in the office of vice president. This moment will no doubt serve as a triumphant moment for the feminist moment and also the civil rights movement and paves the way for so many to follow her.
In her first address to the nation, Harris speaks of this historic moment,
"In many ways this moment embodies our character as a nation. It demonstrates who we are, even in dark times. We not only dream, we do. We not only see what has been, we see what can be."
THE YOUNGEST INAUGURAL POET IN AMERICAN HISTORY
Amanda Gorman, 23 year old poet, makes history as the youngest person to speak at an inauguration ceremony. Not only is her youth cause to admire her but only two years ago, Gorman was overcoming a speech impediment. Two years ago, she was struggling to speak and yesterday, she got up onto the podium and spoke beautiful prose with all the eyes of the world upon her. Gorman read her poem "the hill we climb"; it spoke of American loss, of struggle and of the bright future America has waiting for them (with a couple of Hamilton references as an added bonus).
"while once we asked, ‘How could we possibly prevail over catastrophe?’ now we assert, ‘How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?’
We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be:
A country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free."
GEORGIA IS BLUER THAN EVER
Senator Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are the first two democratic Georgia senators since 2005 when Zell Miller retired from his 5 year term in office. Their victory in the run off elections that took place on January 5th this year, mean that the senate is now split 50-50 between both the democrats and the republicans, with Kamala Harris now acting as the deciding vote. This along with Georgia, a predominantly republican threshold turn blue in the election, is a huge victory for the democrats.
BERNIE SANDERS: A FASHION ICON
there's not much I can say except I want this on a shirt asap.
BIDEN GOT TO WORK..ALREADY?!
Biden really didn't laze around on his first day in office as he sat down in the oval office to sign 18 executive orders. He rejoined the Paris Climate Accord, , put a stop to trump's muslim ban and extended the student loan pause (Boris, take notes). He also launched an Initiative to Advance Racial equity which would help root out systematic racism and other barriers from federal institutions. He signed an executive order that prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. He also signed a presidential Memorandum that preserves and fortifies DACA (United States immigration policy that allows some individuals with unlawful presence in the United States after being brought to the country as children to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation) . He also stopped the building of the wall and a lot more. He's reversing the damage Trump caused in his four years and I, for one, am here for it.
WHO NEEDS THE MET GALA WHEN YOU HAVE THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY
monochromatic outfits really are stunning - here are a few of my favourites