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  • Joseph Biden, Inaugural Address

  • Joseph Biden

    Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, my distinguished guests, my fellow Americans, this is America's day.

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  • This is democracy's day, a day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve.

  • Through a crucible for the ages, America has been tested anew.

  • And America has risen to the challenge.

  • Today we celebrate the triumph, not of a candidate, but of a cause, the cause of democracy.

  • The people, the will of the people, has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded.

  • We've learned again that democracy is precious.

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    Democracy is fragile.

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  • And at this hour, my friends: Democracy has prevailed!

  • So now, on this hallowed ground, where just a few days ago violence sought to shake the Capitol's very foundation, we come together as one nation, under God, indivisible, to carry out the peaceful transfer of power as we have for more than two centuries.

  • As we look ahead in our uniquely American way, restless, bold, optimistic, and set our sights on the nation we know we can be and we must be.

  • I thank my predecessors of both parties for their presence here today.

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    I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

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  • And I know the resilience of our constitution and the strength, the strength of our nation, as does President Carter who I spoke with last night, who cannot be with us today, but whom we salute for his lifetime in service.

  • I've just taken the sacred oath each of those patriots have takenโ€”

  • the oath first sworn by George Washington.

  • But the American story depends not on any one of us, not on some of us, but on all of us, on we the people, who seek a more perfect union.

  • This is a great nation.

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    We are good people.

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