America returns to world stage, decency as Biden becomes 46th US president
London, Jan. 20, 2021-(AltAfrica)-Joe Biden’s life of resilience in the face of unbearable loss takes a new meaning as he’s sworn-in as the 46th president of United States and undoubtedly, the leader who returns his country to the world of decency and clear the mess of the last four years
Destiny has paired America’s new leader — a man rocked by tragedy who found the strength to heal his own soul — with a sick, hurting nation that needs to summon similar steel to beat its harrowing crises.
The new president will also offer ambitious new plans to combat economic blight caused by lockdowns and promises to cross party lines to ease the country’s embittered internal political estrangement.
Joe Biden plans to take 17 executive actions during his first hours in office Wednesday, moving faster and more aggressively to dismantle his predecessor’s legacy than any other modern president.
Biden will sign a flurry of executive orders, memoranda and directives to agencies, making his first moves to address the coronavirus pandemic and undo some of Donald Trump’s signature policies.
With the stroke of a pen, he’ll halt construction of Trump’s border wall, reverse his travel ban targeting largely Muslim countries, and embrace progressive policies on the environment and diversity that Trump spent four years blocking.
Biden also plans to reverse several of Trump’s attempts to withdraw from international agreements, re-joining the Paris climate accord and halting the United States’ departure from the World Health Organization — where Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, will lead the US delegation.
“I know these are dark times, but there is always light,” an emotional Biden said before leaving his beloved Delaware for the mission for which he’s spent a lifetime preparing.
The orders will mark the start of a major policy reversal in the world’s second-largest greenhouse gas emitter behind China, after four years during which Trump’s administration pilloried climate science and rolled back environmental regulation to maximize fossil fuel development.
Biden: ‘Democracy has prevailed’
“This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope.
“Through a crucible for the ages, America has been tested and it has risen to the challenge. Today we celebrate a triumph not of a candidate but of a cause, a cause of democracy”
Speaking of the challenges that his administration will face, including the pandemic and the rise of “white supremacy”, Biden says he will “confront and we will defeat” each obstacle.
He repeats his campaign vow to “restore the soul of the future of America,” but says doing so “requires so much more than words”.
“It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: Unity.”
Biden thanks predecessors for their presence
“I thank my predecessors from both parties who are here today,” says the new president. Former Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama are attending the ceremony.
Biden says he spoke to President Jimmy Carter – who is 96 – by phone, and salutes him for his lifetime of service.
His immediate predecessor, Donald Trump, chose not to attend the inauguration