Transcript for Highlights from the inauguration of President Joe Biden
We’ll air it all, and we begin with a look at the high moments of a memorable day from our chief white house korpd — correspondent see Celia Vega. Good evening to you. The message we heard about time and time again was unity and Joe Biden spoke to those Americans who did not vote for him. Tonight Joe Biden’s 50-year political career led it up the steps of the capitol, through the hall and sworn into at at a time of the nation’s extraordinary challenges laid bare right in front of him. There was no huge crowd. The audience socially distanced, a mask for every days, but three of Biden’s predecessors were on hand, the Clintons, the bushes and the Obamas. Former president Obama exchanging fist bumps with kamala Harris who is was about to make so much history of her own as the first woman, the first black American and first person of southeast Asian descent to be vice president. The vice president of the United States, the honorable Michael R. Pence and Mrs. Karen pence. Reporter: The man she would replace Mike pence there, too, though former president trump was not. the capitol still bearing scars what have happened there just two weeks ago. Today a special honor given to one capitol police officer who tried to fend off that violent mob. The United States capitol police officer private first class Eugene O. Goodman. Reporter: But this was a day for celebration, complete with lady gaga. Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light Reporter: Harris first to take the oath making her the highest ranking elected woman in American history, sworn in by another first, justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first female Latino on the supreme court and then the moment Joe Biden has wanted his entire life, his hand on the bible that has been in his family for more than 100 years. I Joseph robin Edward Boyden Jr. To solemnly swear. That I will faithfully execute. That I’ll faithfully execute the office. The office of president of the United States. The office of the president of United States. And will to the best of my ability. Will to the best of my ability. Will to the best of Moy Preserve, protect and defend. Preserve, protect and defend. The constitution of the United States. The constitution of the United States. So help you god. So help me god. Congratulations, Mr. President. The emotional kiss for the new first lady, and then president Biden got to work setting out to heal this nation after the hard fought election and its bitter aftermath. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day, a day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve. We’ve learned again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile, and at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed. Reporter: Still the new president calling this a time of testing. We faced an attack on our democracy and on truth, a raging virus, growing inequity, the sting of systemic racism, a climate in crisis, America’s role in the role. 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. Reporter: Joined by several former presidents the new commander in chief showing his support and respect for America’s military, honoring their sacrifice at the tomb of the unknown soldier. The inaugural parade matching the safety and security of the day, president Biden exiting the beast now with that license place 46. Along the route the secret service, National Guard and reporters instead of a crowd. Walking up to the white house driveway for the first time as president, and that moment taking it all in with a hug for his wife, and the new administration did get right down to work. Biden signing 15 executive actions, many aimed at reversing his predecessor’s policy including rejoining the Paris climate agreement, something welcomed by foreign leaders today. Putting an end to the travel ban and cancelling the keystone pipeline permit and taking his first steps to tackling this pandemic, requiring masks on federal property. These are just executive actions. They are important, but we’re going to need legislation for all the other things we’re going to do. Reporter: We’ll need to work with a very divided congress, but today in a gesture of goodwill Republican leaders of both chambers wishing the new administration well. I have to note not only did we just swear in a son and daughter of the senate to these houses but indeed both these former senators skipped the house all together. Reporter: Now this message of unity we heard so much today will continue tonight in tonight’s show. Presidents Obama, Clinton and bush got together where they are discussing among certain things the peaceful transfer of power, the importance of upholding that and upholding our democracy. Thanks very much.
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