Joe Biden has officially been sworn in as the forty-sixth President of the United States but among all the performances on the day, one stood out from the rest...
Amanda Gorman captured the hearts of audiences via verse.
Keep scrolling to see her full, historic performance...
Now, it's well and truly a new era for the United States of America.
President Biden today took the oath of office, thus projecting at least 4 years under the rule of the Biden-Harris Administration.
But the suspense surrounding today has been building for months.
Since President Biden's election victory on November 7th, our country has experienced political tensions like never before.
Most people argue that Biden's win was a fair one...
After 4 long days of vote counting - and plenty of recounting - the Democrat was projected as the forty-sixth President of the United States.
However, people on the other side of the political spectrum didn't take his win so readily.
Trump instantly attacked Biden's win with several unproven accusations of electoral fraud - and, of course, his loyal supporters added fuel to the flames with gusto.
Trump did everything in his power to fight the election result...
And 2 weeks ago on January 6th, enraged pro-Trumpers took matters into their own hands.
After repeated instructions by Trump to "fight for the White House," hundreds of his supporters stormed the U.S Capitol...
JUST IN: The entire DC National Guard has been activated by the Department of Defense following a pro-Trump mob bre… https://t.co/mEqRTqbOMh— CNN (@CNN)1609967074.0
During which a joint session of Congress had convened to formally count the Electoral College votes and certify Biden's election win.
So, for today's inauguration ceremony...
Security was tighter than ever before.
Earlier this week, shocking photos from Washington D.C began to emerge...
And they demonstrated just how seriously the authorities were taking the event, and the measures in place to ensure there would be no repeat of the scenes from January 6th.
As we all know, Trump didn't attend the inauguration.
He confirmed his absence in a tweet earlier this month before being banned from Twitter.
Instead, Trump left Washington D.C on Air Force One this morning...
And headed for the Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida.
Trump is the first president in more than a century to not attend his successor's inauguration.
Only 3 presidents have have done the same, with the last, Andrew Johnson, coming in 1869.
But regardless of Trump's absence, the inauguration went ahead smoothly...
And the entire world watched on as President Biden and his vice president, Kamala Harris, made their way through this sacred ceremony.
Biden's swearing-in was an emotional moment for many Americans...
And it signalled a new era for our country.
And Biden's speech perfectly reflected that...
The new president gave a lengthy and emotional speech, where he addressed the deeply divided nation on what the next 4 years will hold under his ruling.
Biden promised to "write an American story of hope"...
As well as weighing in on the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the issue of racial inequality across the country.
"Millions of jobs have been lost. Hundreds of thousands of businesses closed. A cry for racial justice, some 400 years in the making, moves us. The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer. A cry for survival comes from the planet itself, a cry that can't be any more desperate or any more clear now."
President Biden has also become the first POTUS to ever challenge white supremacy in his inauguration speech.
He said this:
"The rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism, that we must confront and we will defeat."
The president then added:
"To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America, requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy - unity."
The event was also home to a plethora of emotional performances...
From Lady Gaga to Jennifer Lopez, we witnessed some wonderful vocals throughout the inauguration.
But one performance really stood out for a lot of people.
“There is light as long as we are brave enough to see it, there is light as long as we are brave enough to be it” w… https://t.co/2S60a9QxEe— Alyssa Limperis (@Alyssa Limperis)1611163545.0
I can’t help but think that Maya Angelou is looking down from Heaven proud at the #BlackGirlMagic that is Poet Laur… https://t.co/HsPWi7TUwH— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan)1611163562.0
Amanda Gorman. What a remarkable talent. That was extraordinary. “It’s not what stands between us, it’s what stands before us.”— Sen. Jeff Jackson (@Sen. Jeff Jackson)1611163587.0
Amanda gorman damn that was where it’s at— Flea (@Flea)1611163580.0
Amanda Gorman was just sensational. What a talent.— Jemele Hill (@Jemele Hill)1611163651.0
Gorman has become the youngest poet ever to perform at an inauguration.
The twenty-two-year-old captured the hearts of people all around the world with her piece on strength and unity.
Watch her full performance here:
Watch Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, recite her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President… https://t.co/48tiEuJQ0C— The New York Times (@The New York Times)1611170321.0
Stay tuned for more updates on Joe Biden's inauguration.