"This is the day of democracy."
That's what President Joe Biden proclaimed after taking his oath of office during a heavily scaled-back inauguration ceremony as he became the 46th president of the United States.
"This is America's day, 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. Democracy is fragile. At this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed. "
Then he pivoted to the challenges ahead, as his inauguration comes at a time of a historic national divide and numerous uncertainties.
"We'll press forward with speed and urgency, for we have much to do in this winter of peril and significant possibilities, much to repair, much to restore, much to heal, much to build and much to gain."
He also stressed that his administration will make domestic terrorism a significant focus, especially following the recent riot at Capitol Hill.
However, Biden urged Americans to put their differences aside and become united.
"Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this bringing America together, uniting our people, uniting our nation. And I ask every American to join me in this cause. Uniting to fight the foes we face: anger, resentment and hatred, extremism, lawlessness, violence, disease, joblessness and hopelessness. With unity, we can do great things, important things."
Kamala Harris was also sworn in as the first female U.S. Vice President.
"I Kamala Devi Harris do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
She's also the first Black and South Asian American to ever hold such a senior position in the U.S.
Biden and Harris inherit a country facing the worst public health crisis in a century, an unprecedented economic downturn and rising demands for racial justice.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.