Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Sworn in as 46th President of the United States

“My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over… Our Constitution works; our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men.”
— President Gerald R. Ford, remarks after taking the presidential oath, 9 August 1974.

 

Joseph R. Biden, Jr. has taken the oath of office and has been sworn in as 46th President of the United States of America.

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, taking office at a moment of profound economic, health and political crises with a promise to seek unity after a tumultuous four years that tore at the fabric of American society.

With his hand on a five-inch-thick Bible that has been in his family for 128 years, Mr. Biden recited the 35-word oath of office swearing to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution” in a ceremony administered by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., completing the process at 11:49 a.m., 11 minutes before the authority of the presidency formally changes hands.

 

As of Noon Eastern today, Donald Trump is no longer President of the United States. Halle-fucking-lujah.

Just the thought that an adult is at the wheel again, as opposed to the spoiled, pre-tween little girl that we’ve had at the wheel for the last forty years1.

Now, I’m no particular supporter of Joe Biden. I wish him well, of course, just as I wished Trump well four years ago. I sincerely hope that Joe Biden rises to the challenge and becomes a better president that I think he’ll be2. But I have substantial differences of opinion with President Biden.

Then Senator Joe Biden spoke at my law school about a thousand years ago. I remember thinking at the time that our political opinions are pretty substantially different, but that he was a man who would make a good president. He was presidential in his manner, and he certainly had gravitas.

And so, here we go. Hopefully Biden will be successful in his earnest attempts to unite the nation. Trump, of course, only paid lip service to uniting the country and took divisive steps and spoke with divisive rhetoric every chance he had.

Good luck to us all.

yeah, in a minute…
1 Oh wait, that’s right, it only felt like forty fucking years that Trump was in office…

2 Of course, my identical hopes for Trump four years ago never came to pass, and in fact, he was a much, much worse president that I had feared.

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