On January 20, local time, Democrat Joe Biden was formally sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. Subsequently, Biden delivered an inaugural speech. The following is the full text of Biden’s 22-minute speech:
Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Schumer (Senate Minority Party) Leader, McConnell (Senate Majority Party) Leader, Vice President Pence. My distinguished guests, my fellow Americans.
Today is a day of America, a day of democracy, a day of history and hope, revival and determination. After many years of trials, the United States has withstood new trials, and the United States has risen to meet the challenges. Today, we are not celebrating the victory of a candidate, but the victory of a cause, a democratic cause. The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been valued.
We realize once again that democracy is precious and that democracy is fragile. Friends, at this moment, democracy has the upper hand. Therefore, on this sacred land where violence broke out and shook the foundations of the Capitol a few days ago, under the guidance of God, we are united as an indivisible nation, following our traditions for more than two centuries. The peaceful transfer of power.
When we look forward to the future with throbbing, courage and optimism in our unique American way, and set our sights on the country we know we can and must become, I thank the predecessors of both parties, and I want to thank from the bottom of my heart. they. I know the tenacity and strength of our constitution and the strength of our country. Just like President Carter who I talked to last night and was unable to be with us today, we want to pay tribute to him for his lifelong dedication.
I just read the sacred oath that every patriot has read. This oath was first pronounced by George Washington. But the American story does not depend on any one or some of us, but on all of us, on those of us who support the pursuit of a more perfect union. This is a great country and we are all kind people. For centuries, we have gone so far through ups and downs, peace and war, and we still have a long way to go.
We will move forward quickly and with a sense of urgency, because we have a lot to do in this dangerous and potentially huge winter. We have too much to complete, too much to heal, too much to recover, too much to build, and too much to gain. In the history of our country, few people have encountered greater challenges, and few people have encountered such challenging and difficult times as they are now. The once-in-a-century virus infiltrated our country and claimed more lives in a year than the entire World War II.
Millions of people are unemployed and hundreds of thousands of businesses are closed. The cry for racial justice that has formed over 400 years has moved us. The dream of justice for everyone will not be postponed again. The cry for survival comes from the planet itself. This cry has never been so urgent or clear. Political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism are on the rise, we must fight against them, and we will defeat them.
In order to overcome these challenges, reshape the soul of the United States, and guard the future of the United States, we need more than just language. We need the most elusive thing in democracy, which is unity. Unity. On the New Year’s Day in 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the “Proclamation for the Emancipation of Negro Slaves.” The moment he put the pen on the paper, President Lincoln said, ‘if my name can be left in history, it will be because of this move. My whole soul is on this matter. ’
My whole soul is also today, this day in January. My whole soul is on this matter. Let America unite, unite our people, unite our country. I ask all Americans to join me in this cause. Unite against the enemies we face, against anger, resentment and hatred, as well as extremism, illegality, violence, disease, unemployment and despair.
With unity, we can do great things, important things. We can correct mistakes, we can make people have good jobs, we can educate our children in safe schools, we can defeat the deadly virus, we can restore our jobs, we can revitalize the middle class and make jobs secure , We can ensure racial justice, and we can make the United States a leader in world justice again.
I know that talking about unity now may sound like a stupid fantasy. I know that the forces that divide us are profound and real. But I also know that they are not new. Our history is a constant struggle. On the one hand, we are born equal to the American ideal, on the other hand, we are the cruel and ugly reality torn apart by racism, nativism and fear. This battle is long-term, and the outcome is unpredictable.
After the Civil War, the Great Depression, the World War, the 9/11 events, and the struggles, sacrifices, and setbacks, the kinder angels of our nature always prevail. In each of our moments, there are enough people to unite and lead us all forward, and we can do it now. History, faith and reason point the way for us. (That’s) the road of unity.
We can treat each other as neighbors, not rivals. We can respect each other with dignity. We can unite, stop yelling, and reduce anger. Because there is no peace without unity, only pain and anger, no progress, only exhausting anger. There is no country, only a state of chaos. This is a historic moment when we face crises and challenges. Unity is the way forward. We must welcome this moment in the name of the United States of America.
If we do this, I guarantee that we will not fail. When we work together, the United States has never failed. So today, at this moment, here, let us all start again. Let us start listening to each other, seeing each other, and respecting each other. Politics does not have to be a raging fire, destroying everything on its way. Every disagreement is not necessarily the cause of an all-out war. We must reject this culture in which facts themselves are manipulated or even fabricated.
My fellow Americans, we must be different. We must do better, and I believe the United States is much better than this. Look around. Now we are standing in the shadow of the dome of the Capitol. As mentioned earlier, (the dome of the Capitol) was built in the shadow of the Civil War. The Federation itself was at stake. We are persevering and we have won. We are standing here, looking at the large square where Martin Luther King Jr. talked about his dreams.
The place where we stand is the place where thousands of protesters tried to stop brave women from marching for the right to vote at the inauguration ceremony 108 years ago. Today, we bear witness to the inauguration of Kamala Harris, the first woman elected to a national public office. Don’t tell me things will change. The place where we stand is the place where the heroes dedicate everything and rest in eternal peace.
It is where we stand. A few days ago, a group of thugs thought they could use violence to suppress the will of the people, stop our democratic cause, and drive us away from this sacred land. That didn’t happen, and it will never happen, not today, not tomorrow, never, never. I want to say to all those who support our campaign, your trust in us makes me feel extremely humble. For those who do not support us, please listen to me. On the way forward, please listen to our voices and test me and my heart.
If you still have an objection, then there is an objection. This is democracy, and this is the United States, with the right to express dissent peacefully. Defending our democracy may be the most powerful force in our country. Please listen clearly, disagreement should not lead to division. I assure you that I will be the president of all Americans and the president of all Americans. I assure you that I will fight for those who do not support me just like I do for those who support me.
Many centuries ago, Saint Augustine of my church wrote that a nation is a group defined by their shared goals. Defined by their common goal. So what is the common goal that we Americans love and can define us as Americans? I think we all know. Opportunity, safety, freedom, dignity, respect, honor, yes, and truth.
In recent weeks and months, we have learned painful lessons. There are truths and lies. Lie for power and profit. As American citizens, and especially as leaders, each of us has responsibilities and obligations. Those leaders who promise to abide by the Constitution only protect our country, defend the truth, and defeat lies.
Look, I understand that many of my fellow Americans are full of fear and fear for the future. I understand that they are worried about their work. I understand that they, like their fathers, would lie in bed at night and stare at the ceiling and think: ‘Can I continue to enjoy health care? Can I pay my mortgage? Thinking about their family, thinking about what will happen next. I assure you, I understand. But the answer is not infighting, not factional struggle. Don’t doubt people who are different from you or who don’t appreciate your way of doing things. Their access to information is also different from yours.
We must end this rude battle between the two parties, between the countryside and the city, between conservatives and liberals. If we open our souls instead of our hearts as solid rocks, we can do it. If we show a bit of tolerance and humility, if we are willing to think for each other, as my mother always said. Think about it from their perspective, even for a moment.
Because life is like this. No one can figure out how fate will treat you. On some days you will need help, on other days, others need our help. That’s how it should be, this is what we do for each other. In this way, our country will be stronger, more prosperous, and more prepared for the future. And we can still hold objections.
My fellow Americans, we need each other to complete the work before us. We need all the strength to survive this dark winter. We have entered the darkest and deadliest period of the epidemic. We must put aside politics and finally face this pandemic as a country and a nation. I promise, as the Bible says, “Sorrow may last all night, but joy comes in the early morning.” We will tide over the difficulties together, together.
Look, everyone, all my colleagues in the House of Representatives and the Senate, we all understand that the whole world is watching, watching all of us today. This is my message to people outside the United States: America has withstood the test, and we have become stronger because of it. We will repair our alliance and contact the world again. Not only meet the challenges of yesterday, but also meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. We will lead the world, not because of the strength we show, but because of the example we set.
My fellow Americans, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, friends, neighbors and colleagues, we will be proud of them and become the people and the country we can and should be. So, I beg you, let us pray silently for those who lost their lives, those who are still there, and our country. Amen.
Everyone, this is a time of testing. We are faced with attacks on our democracy, attacks on truth, raging viruses, sharp inequality, systemic racism, climate crisis, and the role of the United States in the world. Any of these are enough to challenge us profoundly, but the fact is that we are facing all these problems at the same time, allowing this country to take on one of the biggest responsibilities we shoulder. Now we are going to meet the test, shall we take a step forward?
It’s time to be brave, because we still have a lot to do. I assure you that it is for sure. How we solve the cascading crises of our time will become the criterion for judging us. We will face the difficulties. Can we control this rare and difficult time? Will we fulfill our obligations to pass on a new and better world to our children? I think we have to (do this), and I am sure you think so too. I believe we will do it, and when we do, we will write the next great chapter in American history-the story of the United States.
A story that sounds like a song of great significance to me, this song is called the American National Anthem. There is also a poem that at least impressed me. It was written like this: “A century of work and prayers brought us to this day, and this will be our legacy. What will our children say? I understand in my heart, When my years are coming to an end, America, America, I will give you my best.”
Let us add our work and prayers to the unfolding story of our great country. If we do this, when our years will come to an end, our children and grandchildren will say: “They did their best, they did their duty, and they healed the broken land.”
My fellow Americans, let me end the day with the sacred oath at the beginning. Before God and all of you, I assure you that I will always tell you the truth, I will defend the Constitution, and I will defend our democracy. I will defend America, I will give everything, and everything I do will serve you. Don’t (only) think about power but about possibility, don’t (only) consider personal interests, but consider public interests.
Together, we will write an American story full of hope instead of fear, unity instead of division, light instead of darkness, a story of decency and dignity, love and healing, greatness and kindness. May this story guide us, inspire us, and tell the future generations that we have responded to the call of history and we meet at this moment. Democracy and hope, truth and justice, did not die under our noses, but thrived.
The United States has guaranteed domestic freedom and will once again become the beacon of the world. This is what we owe to our ancestors, to each other and to our descendants.
Therefore, with goals and determination, we began to embark on these tasks of our time. Faith is forever, driven by faith, dedicated to each other, and wholeheartedly love the country we love. May God bless America, and may God bless our military.
Thank you, America.