During the aftermath of President Biden's highly publicized inauguration, incredible photos have been emerging that show former POTUS, Barack Obama, greeting the newly sworn-in Vice President Kamala Harris at the ceremony.
Here's the full story...
Now, 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 the Biden-Harris win was a fair one...
After 4 long days of vote counting - and plenty of recounting - Biden 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.
But his efforts were to little avail...
Because, today, Joe Biden was officially sworn is as the forty-sixth President of the United States.
Of course, 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.
But regardless of Trump's controversial 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 the sacred ceremony.
Biden's swearing-in was an emotional moment for many Americans...
And it signalled a whole new era for our country.
And of course...
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How can we not mention Lady Gaga's stunning performance of the national anthem?!
Biden's first speech as president struck a chord with viewers, too.
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."
He also became 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. 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."
All in all, it has been a very successful day for the forty-sixth president...
And now, in the aftermath of the historic event, a powerful photo has started to circulate online.
Reuters photojournalist, Jonathan Ernst captured a striking photo of former President Barack Obama and newly sworn-in Vice President Kamala Harris...
As he passed on the torch of national office
Now, as you will be aware, these two political figures share something in common.
January 20, 2009 - Barack Obama is sworn in as the first Black president of the United States January 20, 2021 - K… https://t.co/6yFDTi8Mhu— The Undefeated (@The Undefeated)1611162001.0
Both Obama and Harris are the first people of color to ever hold their positions in office.
Obama was born to a Kenyan father and American mother...
And was the United States' first Black president.
Harris, on the other hand...
Is of Jamaican and Indian heritage.
Harris and Obama are the only 2 Black individuals to serve as president or vice-president out of over ninety Americans who have held those positions in U.S history.
Harris is the only female.
So, of course, today will have been a huge day for the pair of them...
And now, a stunning photo of a moment shared from the ceremony has only emphasized further the magnitude of the event.
Here's the photo in question.
The former president can be seen grasping Harris' hands as he greets her, all while the newly sworn-in vice president beams back from under her mask.