A new chapter for America


Joe Biden signs executive orders hours after being inaugurated. Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/TNS)

Maya Gorney, Print Staff

Wed., Jan. 20th, America welcomed their 56th President of the United States, Joe Biden, into office. Biden gave a 21 minute speech about his new views for the country and what changes will come in the future. In the weeks leading up to the election, there was unrest with American citizens. Violent riots took place and people refused to believe election results. Once Joe Biden was welcomed into office, this began to slow down. Students watched this inauguration and used it as a learning experience to learn about the Inauguration process in America and to get an idea of what the next four years will look like. 

“I believe no matter what party you supported or a certain candidate everyone should have witnessed the inauguration. It is a sacred ceremony in our country that should bring us together and not divide us,” Kyle Kennedy (11) said.

This inauguration ceremony was a learning opportunity for students, it included not only serious speeches about the future of our country, it also had musical performances by Jlo and Lady Gaga, as well as Amanda Gorman’s poem The Hill We Climb. This five minute poem went into the harsh realities of current day events and struggles, as well as how America as a whole can heal and come together. This inauguration was also a big step towards a more diverse United States Government. Kamala Harris was inaugurated and became the Vice President. Harris is the first Woman, person of color, and South Asian to become vice president. Young girls and people of color will now get more representation in the White House, this is something that many students are happy about. 

“I was so happy to witness the first South Asian, first black, and first woman vice president being sworn in. I learned the true meaning of what being an American is all about,” Kennedy said.