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    Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are making history on an Inauguration Day unlike any that has been seen before.

    By Elliott Davis, Staff Writer

    Jan. 20, 2021

    Washington Metropolitan Police stand along the inauguration escort parade route in front of the White House in Washington, early Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.

    Joe Biden is being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday – an Inauguration Day unlike any the country has seen before, with many traditions being adjusted due to the coronavirus pandemic and violent threats against Washington.

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    Kamala Harris is breaking barriers by being sworn in as the first woman – and woman of color – vice president in U.S. history. She and Biden will assume the challenge of ending the pandemic, rebuilding the economy and unifying a deeply divided country following a deadly mob attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6.

    Meanwhile, outgoing President Donald Trump departed the White House early Wednesday morning, gave farewell remarks at Andrews Air Force Base and will head to Florida. Unlike previous presidents, Trump will not attend the inauguration and did not invite Biden to the White House prior to the transfer of power. Vice President

    Mike Pence is in attendance at the ceremony in Washington.

    Here are some memorable quotes from Inauguration Day:

    "Politics doesn't have to be a raging fire, destroying everything in its path. Every disagreement doesn't have to be a cause for total war. And we must reject the culture in which facts themselves are manipulated, and even manufactured." – President Joe Biden, during his inaugural address

    "The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light if only we're brave enough to see it, if only we're brave enough to be it." – National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, during the inauguration ceremony

    "We will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one." – Gorman

    "We are far from polished, far from pristine. But that doesn't mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect. We are striving to forge our union with purpose, to compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man. And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us. We close the divide because we know to put our future first." – Gorman

    "We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal. We can do this, if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts." – Biden

    "I give you my word: I will always level with you. I will defend the constitution. I will defend our democracy. I will defend America." – Biden

    "And this I promise you: We will be judged, you and I, by how we resolve these cascading crises of our era. We will rise to the occasion." – Biden

    "America has been tested, and we've come out stronger for it. We will repair our alliances and engage with the world once again." – Biden

    "This mob thought they could use violence to silence the will of the people, to stop the work of our democracy, to drive us from this sacred ground. It did not happen. It will never happen. Not today, not tomorrow, not ever." – Biden

    "We see the first woman in American history elected to the national office, Vice President Kamala Harris. Don't tell me things can't change." – Biden

    "Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this. Bringing America together, uniting our people, uniting our nation. And I ask every American to join me in this cause." – Biden

    "A cry for racial justice, some 400 years in the making, moves us. The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer." – Biden

    "We'll press forward with speed and urgency, for we have much to do in this winter of peril and significant possibility." – Biden

    "This is America's day. This is democracy's day. A day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages, America has been tested anew. America has risen to the challenge." – Biden

    "The assault on our Capitol at this very place two weeks ago reminds us that a government designed to balance and check itself is both fragile and resilient." – Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri

    "When she takes the oath of office, little girls and boys across the world will know that anything and everything is possible." – Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, on Vice President-elect Kamala Harris while giving opening remarks at the inauguration ceremony

    "Have we become too jaded, too accustomed to the ritual of the passing of the torch of democracy to truly appreciate this moment? I think not." – Klobuchar

    "Have a good life. We will see you soon." – President Donald Trump, during his farewell address

    "A goodbye – we love you. We'll be back in some form." – Trump

    "I wish the new administration great luck and great success. I think they'll have great success. They have the foundation to do something really spectacular." – Trump

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    Elliott Davis, Staff Writer

    Elliott Davis is a reporter mainly serving the Government Rankings team at U.S. News & World ... READ MORE »

    Tags: Inauguration, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, 2020 presidential election,

    White House, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, coronavirus

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