Joe Biden has taken the oath of office as the 46th President of the United States.
He replaces Donald Trump who departed the White House Wednesday afternoon.
In his first address after being sworn in to office on Wednesday, Biden spoke about unity following the January 6 US Capitol attack and called on Americans to come together.
“Politics doesn’t have to be a raging fire destroying everything in its path,” Biden said. “We have to be different than this. America has to be better than this.”
“I will be a president for all Americans,” he stated. “I will fight as hard for those who did not support me as those who did.”
“My fellow Americans, I close today where I began, with a sacred oath. Before God and all of you 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.
“I will give my all in your service thinking not of power, but of possibilities. Not of personal interest, but of the public good.
“And together, we shall write an American story of hope, not fear. Of unity, not division. Of light, not darkness. An American story of decency and dignity. Of love and of healing.
“Of greatness and of goodness. May this be the story that guides us. The story that inspires us. The story that tells ages yet to come that we answered the call of history. We met the moment. That democracy and hope, truth and justice, did not die on our watch but thrived.
“That our America secured liberty at home and stood once again as a beacon to the world. That is what we owe our forebearers, one another, and generations to follow.
“So, with purpose and resolve we turn to the tasks of our time. Sustained by faith. Driven by conviction. And, devoted to one another and to this country we love with all our hearts. May God bless America and may God protect our troops. Thank you, America.”