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Democrat Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States at 12 p.m. on Wednesday. In a brief speech that evoked big themes, Biden called for Americans to unite at a time of extraordinary challenge. Vice President Kamala Harris made history as the first Black woman and person of South Asian descent to hold the post.
This is what Pennsylvania politicians had to say about the speech.
Gov. Tom Wolf:
Today a scrappy kid from Scranton will become the 46th president of the United States.
Congrats @PresElectBiden. Looking forward to getting to work rebuilding our economy, fighting the spread of COVID-19, and realizing the vision of a better future for everyone. #InaugurationDay pic.twitter.com/bb8DRJm0JV
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 20, 2021
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.: “President Joe Biden took the oath of office today during a health crisis and significant political strife. I commend President Biden for his call for national unity, and his assurance to those who did not support him that he will nevertheless be president for all Americans. I urge the president to follow through on this commitment by working with members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to pursue policies that will lead to peace and prosperity for all Americans. I am praying for President Biden and his success in leading our country forward.”
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.: “Exactly two weeks ago, terrorists stormed the Capitol and attempted to undermine the will of the American people as expressed through their votes in a free, fair and lawful election. Today, American democracy prevailed when Joe Biden was sworn in as our Nation’s 46th President and Kamala Harris made history as the first woman and Black woman of South Asian descent to become Vice President. During his address, President Biden laid out a vision to heal our Nation, contain the COVID-19 pandemic and build our economy back better. It’s now time for us to get things done on behalf of working families.”
U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-2nd District:
“Our long, national nightmare is over."
“I congratulate @JoeBiden on being sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. Almost two years ago, I formally endorsed Joe on the same morning he announced his candidacy…(cont.) pic.twitter.com/nVloTLJbUo
— Rep. Brendan Boyle (@CongBoyle) January 20, 2021
U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans, D-3rd District:
.@PresElectBiden is ready to lead on fighting the pandemic and much more.
And I and my colleagues in the new Democratic Congress are ready to work with the Biden-Harris administration to provide more economic relief and #BuildBackBetter after the last 4 years! https://t.co/dnSGuiLROM
— Dwight Evans #CountEveryVote (@RepDwightEvans) January 20, 2021
U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-4th District:
They represent dignity, grace, and unity — qualities we need to move our nation forward. Brighter days are ahead and I am excited to overcome our challenges as we lead with truth and our common humanity. 🇺🇸
— Congresswoman Madeleine Dean (@RepDean) January 20, 2021
U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5th District:
— Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (@RepMGS) January 20, 2021
U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-6th District:
“Today is a day of history and hope.” -President Joe Biden pic.twitter.com/fHKcuUj44A
— Chrissy Houlahan (@RepHoulahan) January 20, 2021
U.S. Rep. Susan Wild, D-7th District:
Today, President Biden made clear that this administration is laser focused on making health care affordable, creating good-paying jobs, and crushing this virus.
Let’s get to work, Mr. President.
— Rep. Susan Wild (@RepSusanWild) January 20, 2021
U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-8th District:
Today we honor one of the most central traditions of American democracy: the peaceful transfer of presidential power. As Joe Biden is inaugurated, I’m so proud that we will have someone in the White House we can claim as our own in Northeastern Pennsylvania. 1/3
— Matt Cartwright (@RepCartwright) January 20, 2021
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-11th District:
— Rep. Lloyd Smucker (@RepSmucker) January 20, 2021
U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-12th District:
President Trump and the policies set forth by his administration led to some major accomplishments for our nation:
✅American energy independence
✅Stronger trade deals
✅Reduced foreign military conflicts
✅Unprecedented vaccine development
— Congressman Fred Keller (@RepFredKeller) January 20, 2021
U.S. Rep. John Joyce, R-13th District:
“As each new president takes office, the inauguration is a testament to our nation’s enduring commitment to the peaceful transition of power – a hallmark of American democracy. Despite the challenges that we are facing, there is more that unites the American people than divides us. This is the time to build national unity as we work together to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, rebuild our economy, and restore our communities.
“As President Biden and Vice President Harris begin their administration, I will continue working hard to advance commonsense, conservative solutions to the issues before us. As a nation, we must continue to pursue the pro-growth agenda that has delivered results for American families, workers, and small businesses.”
U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-14th District:
U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-16th District: “After a peaceful transition of power, Joe Biden is the 46th President of the United States. I promise to work with him where we agree, and to responsibly oppose him where we do not. One way we can work together to unite our country is to build on the Trump Administration’s successful conservative policies that led to unprecedented economic growth for American workers, families, and small businesses before the pandemic. We know what works to build a stronger, safer, and more prosperous nation for all Americans so let’s stick with it to overcome our present challenges. Calls for unity and healing sound nice, but they must be backed by action. It is my hope that the Biden Administration will respect the lessons of the recent past by choosing common sense over radicalism that will only divide us further.”
U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, D-17th District
As President @JoeBiden is sworn in, I just want to say thank you.
For all you've taught me. For keeping the faith & taking on this great challenge. For having the courage to lead us at this perilous time.
We're counting on you to succeed. And I'll do everything I can to help. pic.twitter.com/Gq7zePX1CA
— Conor Lamb (@ConorLambPA) January 20, 2021
U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-18th District
After 4 years of chaos, I look forward to a better future under the Biden-Harris Administration. We will get our economy back on track & get the federal government working #ForThePeople again. This is much-needed after the disastrous policies under Trump! https://t.co/Z6lmmviyGd
— Mike Doyle (@USRepMikeDoyle) January 20, 2021
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro:
Truth. Decency. Empathy. Normalcy. Inclusion.
President Joe Biden. Vice President Kamala Harris.
Deep breath. Now let’s get to work. 🇺🇸
— Josh Shapiro (@JoshShapiroPA) January 20, 2021