One week ago today, we celebrated the beginning of a new Presidential term. The inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris was a momentous one. Joe Biden is officially the oldest U.S President elected. Kamala Harris is the first black, South-Asian, female Vice President in the 244 years of American history. However, much like when President Obama was elected, this doesn’t mean that 244 years of sexism and racism are gone. It means we are taking a step in the right direction. And the new President and Vice President are taking that momentum, and running with it.
One week in, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have already started the long journey of erasing Trump’s hateful and hurtful policies. So far, the Muslim Ban and transgender soldiers ban have both been removed, he has rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement and World Health Organization, banned drilling on federal land, passed an order to protect federal workers, kept and improved DACA, stopped the construction of the border wall between the U.S and Mexico, banned the government from continuing contracts with private prisons, condemned racism and white supremacy, made a mask mandate on federal grounds, added more time for student loan payments with zero interest, and ordered that despite immigration status all people would be counted in the census. In the first week.
This return to Presidential normalcy is a relief. Four years of non-stop drama and constant worry has been exhausting for the American public. There are those who endorsed President Trump and his policies, but they seemed to be in it more for the entertainment than the affect he had on people’s lives. There was always some new threatening order on the horizon, although some never came. Wednesday’s inauguration lifted a weight off the chests of Americans across the country. There is hope for a brighter, kinder future. Margaret Freeman, a freshman at Northfield High School captured this euphoria perfectly. “Four years ago my mother was crying. Today she is celebrating!”
The United States of America has moved forward into an era of strategies and solutions. The election of Biden and Harris proves this. The leader always represents the people. And as we continue, we must keep in mind what is best for the people of not only our nation, but people of the world. President Biden and Vice President Harris will lead us to the light at the end of the tunnel. The only question is, will you follow?