WASHINGTON, D.C. – It’s a new era in Washington, D.C., as Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States Wednesday.
“This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day,” Biden said.
Democrat Joseph R. Biden took the oath of office Wednesday, officially becoming the 46th President.
Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins was among those attending the inauguration.
“It really is like being a witness to history,” Collins said. “All three branches of government come together. We’re reaffirming a basic principle of our democracy, and that is the peaceful transfer of power.”
Senator Collins had a bird’s eye view of the day’s ceremonies, including the swearing in of Vice President Kamala Harris, the first woman to hold that position in our country’s history.
“Seeing a woman sworn in as vice president is an inspiration to many,” Collins said. “It tells our children that they can be whatever they want to be.”
“It was a great day for America, it was a reassuring day for America, and it was a unifying day for America,” said Maine Senator Angus King.
King, Maine’s Independent Senator, said he’s looking forward to a new beginning in Washington.
“He’s genuine when he says he wants to represent all Americans, not just those who voted for him,” King said of Pres. Biden.
Both said with the ceremonies in the rearview, it’s time to get to work.
“There’s a real belief that we have to turn the page and we have to start debating, having amendments, having votes, and really getting going on some of these important issues, particularly relating to the pandemic,” King said.
“We have a lot to do and I think as long as the president pursues a moderate course, he’ll find that there are many of us on both sides of the aisle eager to work with him,” said Collins.
And above all, both Collins and King said Wednesday signified unity, and a new chapter in America’s story.
“We have some healing to do in this country,” Collins said. “I wish every president success because that means that our country will be successful.”
“The most important thing that we can do right now in the country is to try to come together, to listen to one another, to understand one another,” King said, “and to realize that we really do have a lot more in common than we do that separates us.”