Joe Biden has been oathed in as the 46th US president, terminating one of the most dramatic political transitions in American modern history. Donald Trump – who has not formally accepted the presidency to Mr. Biden – snubbed the inaugural ceremony, in a departure from longstanding precedent. Mr. Trump was the first president not to attend his successor’s inauguration since 1869. He left the White House early on Wednesday and flew to the nearby Andrews Air Force base.
President Joe Biden, 78, was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1942. In 1972, at the age of 29, he became one of the youngest persons ever elected to the US Senate. He went on to serve as a six-term senator from Delaware. A well-versed, mature politician, having served under several US-administrations, having gained an in-depth understanding of state affairs, received greetings from all around the world and messages of good wishes. He is a ray of hope for many Americans and hope for the rest of the world.
After taking the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts, he said, “Democracy has prevailed.” Highlighting a unity message after the turbulent Trump years, he promised to be a president “for all Americans” – including those who voted against him.
Will 75 million Trump voters accept him as their President? Will Ex-President Trump surrender and accept his President? Will he keep silent and relax, not create any hurdle in his smooth functioning as the US’s new President? So many similar questions are circulating in society.
Those who have been in close association with President Trump predicts that Ex-President Trump will not accept from the core of his heart Joe Biden as new President of the US, and create all possible hurdles for him. He is rich and enjoys the support of 75 million Americans who voted for him, especially the White supremacist, wealthy, elite, influential, and upper class. His supporters hold wealth, economy, and political say. The dangerous thing is that his supporters are armed and extremists, which can go to any extend.
At least, Ex-President Trump has created a divide in society, which was no precedent in America’s modern history. The hate, which he has created, may not be over-come so conveniently.
President Joe Bidden may face an uphill task, but the immediate concerns he may address on priority are:
- Reverse Mr. Trump’s withdrawal of the US from the Paris climate accord
- Revoke the presidential permit granted to the Keystone XL Pipeline, which is opposed by environmentalists and Native American groups
- Revoke Trump policies on immigration enforcement and the emergency declaration that helped fund the construction of a Mexican border wall
- Bring about a mask and distancing mandate for federal employees and in federal buildings, and a new White House office on coronavirus
- End a travel ban on visitors from some, mainly Muslim, nations
- Resolve Iran Nuclear issue
- Address Trade war with China and narrow downing political differences with China, on Taiwan issue and South China-Sea.
- Restoration of trust with NATO allies and EU
- Withdraw Trump’s out of the way favors granted to India
- Settle issues with North Korea.
- Palestine and Kashmir resolutions
- Restoration of American image and reputation
- Ailing economy and the job market for Americans
- Other orders cover race and gender equality.
Although there is no doubt about his capabilities and maturity, the challenges he inherited are enormous. His performance will have an impact not only on the future of America but also globally.