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President Biden's Inaugural Speech (January 2021)

January 21, 2021
On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, Joseph R. Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. Learn these words from his inaugural speech.
anthem
A story that might sound like a song that means a lot to me, it's called American Anthem.
beacon
That America secured liberty at home and stood once again as a beacon to the world.
capitol
So now on this hallowed ground where just a few days ago violence sought to shake the Capitol's very foundations, 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.
cascade
We will be judged, you and I, by how we resolve these cascading crises of our era.
constitution
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 who we salute for his lifetime of service.
crucible
Through a crucible for the ages, America has been tested anew and America has risen to the challenge.
defer
The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer.
democracy
This is democracy's day.
disagreement
Every disagreement doesn't have to be a cause for total war and we must reject the culture in which facts themselves are manipulated and even manufactured.
dissent
The right to dissent peacefully.
elusive
It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy - unity.
emancipation
In another January on New Year's Day in 1863 Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
extremism
The rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism, that we must confront and we will defeat.
faction
To retreat into competing factions.
hallowed
So now on this hallowed ground where just a few days ago violence sought to shake the Capitol's very foundations, 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.
humility
We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts, if we show a little tolerance and humility, and if we're willing to stand in the other person's shoes, as my mom would say.
indivisible
So now on this hallowed ground where just a few days ago violence sought to shake the Capitol's very foundations, 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.
inequity
We face an attack on our democracy, and on truth, a raging virus, a stinging inequity, systemic racism, a climate in crisis, America's role in the world.
manipulate
Every disagreement doesn't have to be a cause for total war and we must reject the culture in which facts themselves are manipulated and even manufactured.
optimistic
As we look ahead in our uniquely American way, restless, bold, optimistic, and set our sights on a nation we know we can be and must be, I thank my predecessors of both parties.
pandemic
We must set aside politics and finally face this pandemic as one nation, one nation.
perennial
The battle is perennial and victory is never secure.
persevere
We need all our strength to persevere through this dark winter.
pledge
And I pledge this to you.
predecessor
As we look ahead in our uniquely American way, restless, bold, optimistic, and set our sights on a nation we know we can be and must be, I thank my predecessors of both parties.
prevail
We've learned again that democracy is precious, democracy is fragile and, at this hour my friends, democracy has prevailed.
proclamation
In another January on New Year's Day in 1863 Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
racism
Our history has been a constant struggle between the American ideal, that we are all created equal, and the harsh ugly reality that racism, nativism and fear have torn us apart.
resilience
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 who we salute for his lifetime of service.
riotous
And here we stand just days after a riotous mob thought they could use violence to silence the will of the people, to stop the work of our democracy, to drive us from this sacred ground.
rural
We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal.
supremacy
The rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism, that we must confront and we will defeat.
sustained
Sustained by faith, driven by conviction and devoted to one another and the country we love with all our hearts.
systemic
We face an attack on our democracy, and on truth, a raging virus, a stinging inequity, systemic racism, a climate in crisis, America's role in the world.
terrorism
The rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism, that we must confront and we will defeat.
tolerance
We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts, if we show a little tolerance and humility, and if we're willing to stand in the other person's shoes, as my mom would say.
trepidation
Look, I understand that many of my fellow Americans view the future with fear and trepidation.
unity
It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy - unity.
urgency
We'll press forward with speed and urgency for we have much to do in this winter of peril and significant possibility.
virus
A once in a century virus that silently stalks the country has taken as many lives in one year as in all of World War Two.

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