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this is bbc news — i'm laura trevelyan in washington. and, in london, i'm mike embley. the headlines: mr president. cheering and applause- — a new day for america — joe biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the united states. we've learned again that democracy is precious, democracy is precious, democracy is precious, democracy is fragile and this hour my friends, democracy has prevailed. kamala harris takes the oath as vice president, making history as the first woman ever to hold the post.
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getting straight to work — the new president signs a blizzard of executive orders and says he received a personal note from his predecessor. the president wrote a very generous letter. because it was private i won't talk about it until i talk to him but it was generous. the democrats take control of the senate, swearing in new members, giving president biden a narrow majority in both chambers of congress. hello, i'm laura in washington, mike is in london. president biden has already been hard at work in the oval office. on his first day, joe biden signed i7 executive actions, 15 executive orders, some of which will reverse
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decisions made by his predecessor, former president trump. the executive actions will make changes to the us response to the covid—i9 pandemic and try to ease some of the financial strain placed on americans resulting from the pandemic. but other executive actions directly target and undo mr trump's actions on the environment, immigration, the us census, and regulatory changes. president biden�*s press secretary, jen psaki, has just held her first briefing. she was asked how she and the president plan to combat disinformation. well, i think, well, ithink, peter, there are a number of the ways to combat misinformation. one of those is accurate information and truth and data, and sharing information even when it is hard to hear. and even when it is not meeting the expectations of people at home who are desperate for this crisis to be over. we'll have more to share with you in the next few days,
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hopefully before the weekend, but what we plan to do is not just return these daily briefings but also to return briefings but also to return briefings with our health officials and public health officials. we want to do those regularly and in a dependable way, with data shared with all of you and the public so they can also track progress we're making on getting the pandemic under control. jen making on getting the pandemic under control.— under control. jen psaki there, the new white _ under control. jen psaki there, the new white house - under control. jen psaki there, the new white house press - the new white house press secretary. our north america correspondent lebo diseko is outside the white house for us. right from the off, a very different feel.— right from the off, a very different feel. certainly was not lots of _ different feel. certainly was not lots of journalists - not lots of journalists omitting about not lots ofjournalists omitting about sean spicer, donald trump at first press secretary and his first press conference, very different, he was shouting atjournalists, telling them off and calling them alternative facts —— telling alternative facts, as they related called, about the size of the inauguration. jen
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psaki saying that truth and transparency is crucial to the biden administration. they said they will be giving journalists packs with information that they were outlining in that briefing so they could take them away and examine them, and also as you heard in that clip, they said they were having daily briefings monday to friday and bringing in those experts as well, those briefings with health experts on the coronavirus. i was fined the questions that come after these briefings really interesting. jen psaki was asked whether her loyalty is going to be telling the press what the president wants us to hear or giving the truth that the american public needs to hear. she kind of dodged that question a little bit but really overall a very different tone. �* ., . , really overall a very different tone. �* ., ., , ., tone. and normally on inauguration _ tone. and normally on inauguration night, . tone. and normally on | inauguration night, the tone. and normally on - inauguration night, the new
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president is off, going to balls across washington, but of course, because of the security to situation after the storming of the capital, there are no inaugural balls, but what are we going to see instead, starting in the next hour? in the next hour or so, they will be a tv special. i agree to alluded to it, saying some of the journalists will be having to go off and cover that. what was really interesting was the biden administration has been really keen to show that they are getting down to work. just seeing the president siding all of those that make signing all of those that make signing all of those that make signing all of those executive orders there, straightaway. even this press briefing on the day of inauguration is really pushing home a point thatjoe biden made during his campaign, that they are keen to get to work and start doing what the country needs in terms of addressing the crises, the coronavirus, the economic situation, the various other things, straightaway, really.
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thank you very much forjoining us, jen psaki. that press conference ended about 20 minutes ago and it seems, as we have been reporting, to underlinejust have been reporting, to underline just how keenjoe underline just how keen joe biden underline just how keenjoe biden is that he is getting on with thejob of biden is that he is getting on with the job of god —— governing. it came after an inauguration like no other — without the public and amid intense security after the storming of the capitol. mr biden called for unity, and an end to the nation's �*uncivil war�*. our north america editor jon sopel looks back on a different inauguration. music. so far, so normal. announcer: ladies and - gentlemen, the president-elect of the united states. this is what america does every four years, but everything about today was exceptional given the last two weeks, given the pandemic and the security situation, given the presidency that was ending. at first glance, the west front
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of the capital looks much as it always does on inauguration day, but look towards the washington monument and the normal forest of people has been replaced by a garden of flags. a socially distanced inauguration for a nation tearing itself apart. the oath of office, taken by the man who's now tasked with healing the nation's wounds. ijoseph robinette bidenjunior do solemnly square... that i will faithfully execute... the office of president of the united states... the platform where he stood two weeks ago was the stagin post for the assault on congress, then the mob ruled. today, democracy had come through, but it was a close run thing. we have learned again that democracy is precious, democracy is fragile and at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed. cheering and applause. he warned america was in the midst of a winter of peril, and has any new president had
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to confront such an array of problems — covid, economic turbulence, racial unrest. and the passions inflamed by donald trump's insistence that the election was stolen. 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 tojoin me in this cause. joe biden never mentioned donald trump by name, but it was a firm repudiation of all that he stood for, though he was careful to reach out to the former president's supporters. we must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal. we can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts. at 78 years old, joe biden becomes the oldest man
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to become president, but the real history is being made by his deputy, kamala harris, the first woman vice president, the first of black and indian heritage, an example of the american dream. so help me god. applause. though covid has brought drabness, this inauguration had sparkle, with lady gaga, complete with gold microphone singing the national anthem. # what so proudly we hailed at the twilight�*s last gleaming. and jennifer lopez, too. # let's get loud. the political good and great were out in force, three former presidents were in attendance, republican and democrat — and former vice president
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mike pence was there as well, choosing the inauguration over a rival attraction a few miles away. and that's because donald trump had decided to break with 150 years of tradition and snubjoe biden. normally, the outgoing president meets the successor at the front door and rides with him to the capitol, but mr trump was slipping out the back, still incapable of accepting he lost the election. though the former reality tv host—turned film director, tried to orchestrate his own departure. he awarded himself a military sendoff, complete with 2i gun salute and his parting shot will have delighted his supporters and horrified his detractors. a goodbye, we love you, we will be back in some form. and the music was spot on as he flew off on air force one for the last time. # it was my way...
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by the time now ex—president trump arrived in florida, melania had gone from sombre black to beach club chic. never comfortable in washington, she might find the transformation a whole lot easier than her husband. joe biden is now in the white house and he wants to hit the ground running. there will be a flurry of executive orders to reverse a lot of trump era policies, but policy always change with a new president. what will be so different is the manner of governing. crazy town is likely to be replaced by dullsville but maybe that's what america needs right now. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. president biden declared that america would rebuild its international alliances, as world leaders sent their congratulations and good wishes to the new president. his spokesman confirmed that the first world leader he will speak to isjustin
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trudeau — canada's leader — but plenty of others have been reacting to his inauguration. we've heard from german chancelor angela merkel via her spokesperson — she said: french president emmanuel macron tweeted: and joe biden — america's second catholic president — has heard directly from the pope — who wrote: china and russia will have their own pressing reasons for assessing the new president's priorities, as will the uk. we'll hear from john sudworth in beijing and steve rosenberg in moscow in a moment but first to our political editor laura kuenssberg at westminster.
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uk prime minister is like to see american presidents as they somatic best friend. the two nations have a partnership that goes back for so long, with unrivalled working particularly when it comes to security and defence. and when that friend is unconventional and unpredictable, as was donald trump, that can make for some very awkward political moments. so from the government today, it is a positive turning of the page. that is in part because joe biden�*s been clear, he wants to work with international groups like nato. so important to the uk and its place on the world stage. but it's also seen as a positive because in number ten, they believe thatjoe biden cares about some of the issues where borisjohnson about some of the issues where boris johnson really wants to make a difference, borisjohnson really wants to make a difference, on boris johnson really wants to make a difference, on climate change, for example. the prime minister today said it's a step forward, a positive day for america after a bumpy time. but less diplomatically, one former
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senior minister told me that the uk might lose some exclusivity, but they would gain predictability, and the whole thing would be less cringeworthy. it is a sure they will be fewer fireworks and less drama, perhaps, in the relationship between the two countries, but tonight the sense in the government is that the uk's gaining a more dependable friend. fin the uk's gaining a more dependable friend. on the face of it, donald _ dependable friend. on the face of it, donald trump _ of it, donald trump has been a nightmare for china. hitting it with a trade war, trolling it over his allegations that the virus leaked from a laboratory here and sanctioning its companies over there, linked to the human rights abuses in shin jang. it willjoe biden be any better? not only is his incoming in administration continuing trumpet�*s tough on china rhetoric, he is promising to rebuild alliances with democratic countries, europe and beyond, to better contained beijing —— trump's tough on
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china rhetoric. in donald trump, china saw the tantalising prospect of a crisis in democratic values, a decline in american power and a vacuum on the global stage into which it could step. in short, and confusion of donald trump made a china's rulers feel good about themselves and their system. and for that, they may well come to miss him. now he has gone. well come to miss him. now he has gone-— has gone. there is little doubt that the kremlin _ has gone. there is little doubt that the kremlin would - has gone. there is little doubt that the kremlin would have i that the kremlin would have prepared —— preferred four more years of trump in the white house. the chaos and division in america carob —— characterised his presidency and the weakening of the western alliance was not all that was welcomed here in moscow. plus, donald trump almost never criticised putin in public butjoe biden is a vocal kremlin critic. he says that for america, russia is its
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greatest threat. so russia is bracing itself for more sanctions will stop when it comes to putin and biden, don't expect much personal chemistry. biden once recalled his bid to moscow in 2011 when he was vice president —— visit. the story goes he looked him in the eye and concluded that mr putin had no soul. and he told him that. hardly the ingredients for a beautiful friendship. hardly the ingredients for a beautifulfriendship. but i think they will be a degree of pragmatism on both sides which could help secure agreements on key pressing issues like extending a key nuclear arms control treaty that expires in a few days' time. our europe editor, katya adler, has been speaking to the president of the european commission — ursula von der leyen — who described the new biden administration as a "fresh start". iam very i am very much looking forward to seejoe biden as president in the white house and to have a friend there becausejoe biden knows the european union
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very well. he likes it. he is proud of his irish route. so this is a good starting point and we knowjoe biden from former times as vice president. so i know there is a strong connection between us and we are both aware of what we have to do now, to develop a global agenda, tojoin forces to do now, to develop a global agenda, to join forces and tackle the big topics that are ahead of us. that is fighting climate change together, overcoming this pandemic and rebuilding multilateralism. these are the main topics where we are absolutely like—minded. if i may ask, the uk has traditionally spoken of its special relationship with the united states. do you think this relationship will have been damaged in any way by brexit, something thatjoe biden has expressed concern about in the past, and, when it was a member state, the uk said it often acted as a bridge between the eu and washington.
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so will you in brussels now seek to play that role as bridge or will that be paris or berlin? the european union is represented — berlin? the european union is represented in _ berlin? the european union is represented in brussels - berlin? the european union is represented in brussels and l berlin? the european union is i represented in brussels and the number to call has a belgian area code, if i may say so. and there is a standing invitation right now forjoe biden to come to brussels and the european commission member states, the council, the parliament would be honoured and pleased to have him here. and what our british friends are concerned, they have a long—standing historical ties to the united states and i am sure they are as happy as now have joe am sure they are as happy as now havejoe biden in the white house and the first female vice president. so we look forward to that. �* . ., , president. so we look forward
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to that. �* . , ., to that. and that was ursula von der leyen, _ to that. and that was ursula von der leyen, talking - to that. and that was ursula von der leyen, talking not i to that. and that was ursula . von der leyen, talking not only aboutjoe biden but his vice president, 56—year—old kamala harris who has made history as both the first woman and the first woman of colour to hold the office. our correspondent, lebo diseko, has been looking at her political career and route to power. ladies and gentlemen, the vice president—elect of the united states, kamala devi harris... it took nearly 250 years for america to reach this moment, for a woman to hold the second highest office in the country. i, kamala devi harris, do solemnly swear... ..that i will support and defend the constitution of the united states. that i will support and defend the constitution of the united states. america's new vice president is the daughter of immigrants, born to an indian mother and jamaican father. both were involved in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, something she says shaped her. i was taught that i had a responsibility to
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be a part of the fight forjustice. that quest for justice perhaps the motivation for her career in law, rising to become the attorney general of her home state of california. but there are those who say she's not the progressive prosecutor that she claims to be. they point to an approach they say was too harsh on black men and say she didn't do enough to tackle police brutality. i stand before you today to announce my candidacy for president of the united states. in 2019, she launched her own bid to become us president. it was unsuccessful, but there was one particularly memorable moment. during a debate, she hit out atjoe biden for working with senators who'd supported racial segregation and for his opposition to bussing black children to white schools. you know, there was a little girl in california who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bussed to school every day, and that little girl was me.
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but it didn't stop mr biden from choosing her as his running mate. we did it, we did it, joe! you're going to be the next president of the united states. for her childhood friend, this is a moment that she was made for. did you see this in her future, when you were kids or teenagers? oh, absolutely not! we were kids and teenagers, no, we were bad! laughs we hung out... no, but as she progressed into her world and got into the da's office and then the attorney general, i saw, yes, this... you know, you could be the president of the united states. and look at you, she's right here. kamala harris is a step away from the presidency, but with this honour comes the burden of expectation and responsibility. the wounds inflicted by america's divisions are still raw. she will have to try and heal a country in chaos while carrying the weight of her historic victory. lebo diseko, bbc
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news, washington. fran marie is host of the francene marie show. she joins us from charlotte, north carolina. thank you so much with us. after a turbulent four years— with us. after a turbulent four years in— years in american politics what is the mood there in charlotte, and on — is the mood there in charlotte, and on the _ is the mood there in charlotte, and on the airwaves now at the end of the first day of the biden presidency? we have learned that _ biden presidency? we have learned that the _ biden presidency? we have learned that the words - biden presidency? we have learned that the words of l biden presidency? we have learned that the words of a | learned that the words of a president matter so we are hopeful that this administration can bring us together because i believe we can be stronger together, even though we have different beliefs. ~ ~ ., ., beliefs. mike here in london. you talk about _ beliefs. mike here in london. you talk about bringing - beliefs. mike here in london. | you talk about bringing people together and there will be a lot of pressure on mr biden from the left, people who
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supported him, and natural centrist, to get donald trump out and now want him to be much more radical than he is inclined to be. there is a tension built in stop there is tension built in stop there is tension built in and when i interviewed both kamala and joe biden when he was with the obama administration, he was not as aggressive but i believe that he will be a person who helps legislation build up so that we can come together. i see that you are wearing pearls there. kamala was wearing pills as well. tell us about the significance. in as well. tell us about the significance.— as well. tell us about the significance. in the sorority world we — significance. in the sorority world we have _ significance. in the sorority world we have different - world we have different colours, different colours that we wear and pearls signify the lady in us and i believe we are getting back to the times when
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we were dressed as ladies and where our parallels and be proud and it is a sign. you don't have to open your mouth, just where your pearls.- just where your pearls. there has been _ just where your pearls. there has been so _ just where your pearls. there has been so much _ just where your pearls. there has been so much hope - just where your pearls. there i has been so much hope express but you have to go a long way back to find a president coming into office with so many challenges. it into office with so many challenges.— into office with so many challenues. , ., ~ ., challenges. it is almost like a hue challenges. it is almost like a huge wall _ challenges. it is almost like a huge wall that _ challenges. it is almost like a huge wall that we _ challenges. it is almost like a huge wall that we have - challenges. it is almost like a huge wall that we have to - huge wall that we have to overcome. it is crossing aisles and shaking hands and hope being that everyone in the administration, congressmen, no matter what party that they are, that they understand the fight. we are concerned about women.
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hopefully good things will trickle down to everyone. you are there _ trickle down to everyone. you are there in — trickle down to everyone. you are there in north _ trickle down to everyone. you are there in north carolina, a politically divided state. and we heard tonight from the new press secretary that president biden will press ahead aggressively with his relief package. will that be popular with republicans in your state who would be worried about adding to government debt? it will be a huge don't do that and don't spend that because we will be in debt. we are already in debt. let's get everyone well and make it an option for people to get the vaccine. i know some have not even arrived yet but many senior citizens i know have taken the vaccine and they are very happy. they are on the second round and there are some folks who are doubtful and will wait.—
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and will wait. thank you very much. xochitl hinojosa is a senior advisor and communications director at the democratic national committee. she joins us from washington. so much talk from joe biden about ending this on civil war but such a strange scene washington, so much security. it was peaceful because there was so much national guard there. , �* ., . there. president biden and vice president kamala _ there. president biden and vice president kamala harris - president kamala harris understand the issues that are confronting america right now and that is why you heard president biden give a unifying speech. not once did he mention the former president donald trump. he actually discussed his plans to bring our country back, to get everyone, to overcome this pandemic. and you also saw today that he signed
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17 executive orders because there is so much to do and so much work to accomplish, to not only get our economy back on track but in order to get our economy back on track you must deal with the pandemic first full and so it was a big sigh of relief to see leadership in the white house that cares about our country and steady and honest leaders who are ready to work a day in and day out for the american people. donald trump has left town but there is still the looming trial of him in the senate, two weeks after that mob stormed capitol hill. are you worried that his trial could overshadow president biden's agenda, even though president biden's agenda, even thouthen psaki said tonight she expects the senate to be able to multitask. the senate should be _ able to multitask. the senate should be able _ able to multitask. the senate should be able to _ able to multitask. the senate should be able to multitask. able to multitask. the senate l should be able to multitask and i completely agree. i want to remind people, people forget
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that seeing a senate that works for the american people. and now we have a robust senate that will legislate and pass bills to help people with the majority in the hands of the democrats. i think they can multitask. this will be up to the senate on timing but they can go ahead and ensure that they are doing the work they need to do to hold people accountable but, also, to provide relief for the american people as soon as possible. find people as soon as possible. and followin: people as soon as possible. and following no _ people as soon as possible. and following up laura's point. every president talks about unity but it is clear looking online tonight that many of the conspiracy theorists were expecting a big event today, they expected president trump to somehow take the presidency back and they are fired up. they were not shocked by what happened two weeks ago, they are fired up. there is trouble to come. how does mr biden pull that together?—
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that together? what you heard from joe biden _ that together? what you heard from joe biden is _ that together? what you heard from joe biden is that - that together? what you heard from joe biden is that he - that together? what you heard from joe biden is that he is - from joe biden is that he is someone who wants to work with both sides of the aisle. he understands that in order to have his priorities bars he needs to work with both democrats and republicans and he will continue to do that. he also understands he needs to build trust with the american people and you saw that from the podium today with jen people and you saw that from the podium today withjen psaki talking about how it is their responsibility to be honest with the american people. it may not always be that they agree with the media but they will be honest and truthful. you also heard from president biden earlier today, that he will be a president for all americans and i think that is something that he has said throughout the entire campaign and something he will do as president. and so you see president. and so you see president biden understanding that you need to heal the country and you need to be someone who brings people together and he understands that, the moment that we are in. . . ~' ,
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that, the moment that we are in. . . ,, , ., bi in. laura, i think there is a big event _ in. laura, i think there is a big event coming - in. laura, i think there is a big event coming up - in. laura, i think there is a l big event coming up shortly, laura? , . ., , ., laura? there is. washington would normally _ laura? there is. washington would normally be _ laura? there is. washington would normally be full- laura? there is. washington would normally be full of- would normally be full of people in ball gowns but tonight instead it is a virtual inauguration celebrating america. here it comes.
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# did reals roll through fields where sunlight streams. meet me in a land of hope and dreams. # i'll stand by your side. you will need a good companion now.
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# for this part of the ride. # for this part of the ride. # leave behind your sorrows, let's let this a day be the last. # tomorrow there will be sunshine, sunshine. # and all this darkness passed. # and all this darkness passed. # where big wheels roll through fields where sunlight streams. # 0h, fields where sunlight streams. # oh, meet me in a land of hope and dreams. # carry saints and sinners. this train carries losers and winners. # this train carries hawse and
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gamblers, this train carries lost souls. # i said this train, dreams will not be thwarted. # this train, faith will be rewarded on this train. # the steel wheels singing. # the steel wheels singing. # this train, bells of freedom ringing. # big wheels roll through fields where sunlight streams. # meet me in a land of hope and dreams. meet me in a land of
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hope and dreams. announcer: please welcome _ hope and dreams. announcer: please welcome our— hope and dreams. announcer: please welcome our host, - hope and dreams. announcer: please welcome our host, tom l please welcome our host, tom hanks — please welcome our host, tom hanks. �* . , please welcome our host, tom hanks. . , �*, hanks. bruce springsteen dean's land of hope _ hanks. bruce springsteen dean's land of hope and _ hanks. bruce springsteen dean's land of hope and dreams - land of hope and dreams celebrates tonight which saw the inauguration of our 46 presidentjoseph biden. i'm at the lincoln memorial at the national mall in our nation's secured capital city. the last few weeks, in the last few years, we've witnessed deep divisions and a troubling rancour in our land. but tonight, we ponder the united states of america. the practice of our democracy, the foundations of our republic.
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the integrity of our constitution the hope and dreams we all share for a more perfect union. to some, a presidential inauguration is a tradition, an act that marks the commitment of a new four year term. yet in truth, inauguration day is about much more than the swearing in of our next national leaders. this day is about witnessing the permanence of our american ideal. every four years we hear the words that will empower us all on the journey ahead, a message that can unite us as we begin a new passage from where we are to where we can be, a track that can be to a common goal of our promised land. the new president, republican,
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democrat, lays out a vision for the nation. if the words ring out, it is not only due to the power of the oratory, it is because the dream of america has no limits and resonates on any single day. tonight we share memorable passengers from the remarks of four of our past presidents. each spoke to our specific moment of our history. fdr rallied us in the great depression. jfk inspired a new generation to serve. ronald reagan spoke of the peaceful transition of power for a shining transition of powerfor a shining city on a hill. an abraham lincoln sought to unite us after a war that tore us apart.
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that was tom hanks. he is leading that event was up instead of the inaugural celebrations. for more of that, we arejoined by celebrations. for more of that, we are joined by matthew littman, joe biden's chief speechwriter, former steve —— former chief speechwriter. we have heard tom hanks �*stalking about unity. that was the theme ofjoe biden's speech, how democracy had prevailed. what did you make of his speech? jae did you make of his speech? joe biden did you make of his speech? jre: biden has been did you make of his speech? jr2 biden has been talking about unity for a long time. this idea of bringing people together is consistent from when he entered into office in the early 1970s. he really believes he can do that. now, it is up to both parties to make that actually happen but joe biden does want to unite the country, doesn't mean that everybody is going to come along, but as he said in his speech, enough people will that we will be able to make a real difference here. jt we will be able to make a real difference here.— difference here. it is a lot of --eole, difference here. it is a lot of people. mike _
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difference here. it is a lot of people, mike in _ difference here. it is a lot of people, mike in london - difference here. it is a lot of. people, mike in london here. difference here. it is a lot of- people, mike in london here. we know mr trump had a 7k million voters, more people than voted for him four years before, and millions and millions of people that believe this presidency is illegitimate. they believe mr trump's big live at the election was stolen by widespread fraud. that has to be a problem, doesn't it? jt absolutely is. about one third of the country believes that it is fraud, according to the polls. but rememberjoe biden had over 80 million votes which is the most that anyone's ever had. so more of the country supports joe had. so more of the country supportsjoe biden and not all of the people who voted for biden, —— trump, believe that there is fraud. i do believe you will get people along, he won't get everybody but mind you, he will get a lot of people. you, he will get a lot of people-— you, he will get a lot of ..eole, . ., g people. we heard jen psaki talkin: people. we heard jen psaki talking about _ people. we heard jen psaki talking about the _ people. we heard jen psakil talking about the importance people. we heard jen psaki - talking about the importance of truth and how to combat
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disinformation with accurate information. you're someone who worked for barack obama who of course was subject to the ultimate country, that he wasn't even born in america. looking back with hindsight, do you feel that no—one quite took seriously enough the potential for disinformation to flourish in america? j for disinformation to flourish in america?— in america? i think this idea of disinformation _ in america? i think this idea of disinformation has - of disinformation has really been happening for 30 years in this country. since the republicans in congress were attacking people in this serious way. it has gone downhill, accommodating in what we saw injanuary six. we can take able seriously. you can combat disinformation but people get their information through all sorts of sources. in america, we don't have three news networks anymore that cover the news and everybody watches the. people get things of cable tv but they also get things from all over the internet and a lot of that information is false
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information. it is a very difficult thing to combat. but i think, laura, difficult thing to combat. but ithink, laura, when difficult thing to combat. but i think, laura, when you see thatjoe biden is governing in a very normal way, and prioritising the covid response and the economy, that's how you get people along. you get people along with you to come along by doing a good job. matthew, we may break off in just a minute, we are expecting joe biden to speak live at that celebrating america event but just wanted to ask you, mr biden has such a to—do list. jen psaki said today that the impeachment of president trump was up to congress. clearlyjoe biden will have an enormous say over that will not do you think it will actually happen? it will be so problematic from the point of view of unity, isn't it? jt point of view of unity, isn't it? , , ., ., , , , it? it is up to congress. it is auoin it? it is up to congress. it is going to _ it? it is up to congress. it is going to be _ it? it is up to congress. it is going to be no _ it? it is up to congress. it is going to be up to _ going to be up to the senate, notjoe biden, but it is important to get onto the truth of what happened and what happened onjanuary of what happened and what happened on january six of what happened and what happened onjanuary six in order to reconcile as a
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country. so i do think may need to happen for the country to reconcile we need to look at the truth and then deal with what's actually happening. matthew, you are there in los angeles. if this was a normal inauguration, i'm sure that you will be here in washington attending one of the walls. as someone who worked so hard to electjoe biden, do you feel robbed of the celebration by what happened at the capitol two weeks ago? j’m what happened at the capitol two weeks ago?— what happened at the capitol two weeks ago? i'm so glad that joe biden two weeks ago? i'm so glad that joe itiden is— two weeks ago? i'm so glad that joe biden is in _ two weeks ago? i'm so glad that joe biden is in office _ two weeks ago? i'm so glad that joe biden is in office and - two weeks ago? i'm so glad that joe biden is in office and i - joe biden is in office and i don't feel robbed of anything. ijust don't feel robbed of anything. i just want the people to know around the world, and i loved watching your correspondence all around the world a few minutes ago, i want people to know that these are actually good people who are going into this administration. tony blinken, the secretary of state, is a legitimately good quy- state, is a legitimately good guy. i used to work for tony's wife, they are smart, nice people. biden used to say about tony that tony is the only person that knows more people around the world than biden does. so i want people to take
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some comfort in the fact that the people moving into this administration, many of whom started today, are really smart, good people and let's see what they do with these jobs. see what they do with these 'obs. a, . ~', jobs. matthew, thanks very much indeed for that. we will come - indeed for that. we will come back to you later. we can now speak to our north america correspondent david willis, who is in los angeles. i know you have had a busy day filled up quite a to—do list. one thing we haven't mentioned is a lot environmentally going on —— environmentally. specially their keystone pipeline and the first call to a foreign leader going to justin trudeau. a very big deal for canada, this. element are very big deal and indeed the environment, green issues stop they are central tojoe biden and his early days in office. they were environmental measures, of course, included in those executive orders that the new president signed today. he signed a raft of executive orders including getting the united states back into the
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paris climate accord, back into the world health organization and of course lots of measures to do with the current covid crisis here. mask mandate and also a mandate for... buildings, all included in those declarations that he signed just within hours of heat getting his feet under the table in the white house. you are absolutely right. the whole issue of climate change is essential to the biden harris agenda and we can expect more measures in the coming days in regards to that.— regards to that. david, thank ou ve regards to that. david, thank you very much- _ regards to that. david, thank you very much. laura, - regards to that. david, thank you very much. laura, you i you very much. laura, you go ahead. , ~ ~' you very much. laura, you go ahead. , ~ ~ . ., ., ahead. sorry, mike. what we are exectin: ahead. sorry, mike. what we are exoecting now. _ ahead. sorry, mike. what we are expecting now, mike, _ ahead. sorry, mike. what we are expecting now, mike, is - ahead. sorry, mike. what we are expecting now, mike, is that- expecting now, mike, is that joe biden is going to speak any moment live as part of this
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biden— moment live as part of this biden produced a celebration of america — biden produced a celebration of america where he is very much stressing — america where he is very much stressing that theme of unity. it stressing that theme of unity. it has — stressing that theme of unity. it has been presented by the actor— it has been presented by the actor tom hanks will stop it is quite — actor tom hanks will stop it is quite a — actor tom hanks will stop it is quite a production. we had bruce — quite a production. we had bruce springsteen at the very beginning and we are going to hear— beginning and we are going to hear from both the president and the — hear from both the president and the vice president live and ithink— and the vice president live and i think there will be some pretty— i think there will be some pretty spectacular fireworks at the end — pretty spectacular fireworks at the end of it, mike. job biden does — the end of it, mike. job biden does like _ the end of it, mike. job biden does like a good fireworks display _ does like a good fireworks display. i was there at wilmington in delaware when he accepted — wilmington in delaware when he accepted the nomination and he had some — accepted the nomination and he had some fireworks which he very much enjoyed because of course — very much enjoyed because of course it is not a normal inauguration, no—balls, no parties. _ inauguration, no—balls, no parties, the coronavirus and the attack of capital, that has really — the attack of capital, that has really changed the atmosphere. the one — really changed the atmosphere. the one thing joe biden is probably going to get is a firework display. they will be watching it from the balcony at the white house. tonight's programming, celebrating america, it is aimed at picking up
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america, it is aimed at picking up on — america, it is aimed at picking up on that— america, it is aimed at picking up on that theme of unity that joe biden outlined in his speech _ joe biden outlined in his speech. they are playing here comes— speech. they are playing here comes the sun in that, celebrating america programme. it is celebrating america programme. it is bon— celebrating america programme. it is bonjovi. # here comes the sun # here comes the sun and i say # it's all right. # little darling it's been a long cold lonely winter # little darling it feels like years since it's been here # here comes the sun # here comes the sun and i say
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# here comes the sun and i say # it's all right. # little darling this smile is returning to their faces darling this smile is returning to theirfaces # darling this smile is returning to their faces # little darling # it seems like years since it's been here # here comes the sun # here comes the sun and i say # it's all right # son, son, son here it comes # son, son, son here it comes # son, son, son, here it comes # son,
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son, son, here it comes # son, son, son, here it comes # son, son, son here it comes # son, son, son here it comes # son, son, son, here it comes. # little darling i feel that ice is slowly melting # little darling # it seems like years since it's been clear # here comes the sun # here comes the sun and i say # it's all right. # here comes the sun # here comes the sun and i say # it's all right. it's all right
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fellow americans. i am in aviation _ fellow americans. i am in aviation operations - fellow americans. i am in . aviation operations specialist in japan. aviation operations specialist injapan. here we are focused on protecting and defending our regional allies, partners in the united states of america. our forces are committed to preserving security no matter what challenges we face. though we are more than 6000 miles away we are honoured to celebrate the ceremony with you. congratulations to our new commander—in—chief. coming up, more fantastic performances and tributes to
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oui’ our everyday heroes. so that is the celebrating _ our everyday heroes. so that is the celebrating america - the celebrating america programming that has been put on tonight by the inauguration committee in place of the normal inauguration balls that consume washington and we do expect to hearfrom president biden himself, live, as well as from vice president kamala harris. david, you are there in los angeles and a priority for incoming president is over 19. there will be a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief programme he will try to get through with the narrow majorities in the house and senate. tell us about what is happening in california where it has really exploded, coronavirus. it absolutely has
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and across the country, of course, there have been days when we have seen 4000 deaths but you are absolutely right. here, icu wards are at capacity, some well in excess of that and the concern is that if it spreads at the rate it is they will be completely unable to cope. jen psaki in herfirst briefing as the white press spokeswoman said today that containing the coronavirus was the first priority ofjoe biden, the first thing he thinks about when he wakes up in the morning and the thing on his mind when he goes to sleep at night. you are absolutely right, he has proposed this 1.9 trillion dollar bill which would, among other things, help those who have been economically displaced because of the coronavirus, it will put more needles into people's arms, widen the testing protocols that are going on at
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the moment and so on. but in order to get that through he needs to pass it through congress and he needs the backing and democrats have that very narrow margin in the senate now, courtesy of the casting vote of the vice president, kamala harris. there may well need to be a lot of discussion and jen psaki was asked about that today when she said there is wiggle room, as it was put but what would you cut out of it? all the proposals are desperately needed. it is the number one priority forjoe biden going forward. his firm view is that you cannot return the economy here to any sent of normality without effectively tackling the coronavirus pandemic first. david, mike here and while we wait for the ad break to
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finish, mr biden mandated wearing masks on federal property, asking everyone to mask up for 100 days. governors in some states will still resist that, won't they estimate they will in places but this is another example of joe biden apparently doing outreach personally and he said that he will personally contact some governors who are recalcitrant in this regard and try to persuade them to put these measures, or to encourage these measures, or to encourage these measures, or to encourage these measures to be brought into place. he these measures to be brought into place-— into place. he is looking to net into place. he is looking to get people _ into place. he is looking to get people to _ into place. he is looking to get people to co-operate l into place. he is looking to| get people to co-operate in into place. he is looking to - get people to co-operate in the get people to co—operate in the national interest and in the national good but, clearly, as you absolutely pointed out, there are some parts of this country which remain very much open, where there is very little in the way of mask wearing, very little in the way of social distancing. so it is a mountain to climb forjoe
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biden in that regard.- biden in that regard. let's return now _ biden in that regard. let's return now to _ biden in that regard. let's return now to the - biden in that regard. let's i return now to the celebrating america event. now it is my honour to introduce the president of the states, joseph r bidenjunior. states, joseph r biden junior. hail states, joseph r bidenjunior. hail t0 states, joseph r bidenjunior. hail to the chief plays states, joseph r biden junior. hail to the chief plays hello. all of the participants _ hail to the chief plays hello. all of the participants in - hail to the chief plays hello. all of the participants in the - all of the participants in the event tonight. it is humbling to stand here in this place in front of these sacred words, humbling now to respect
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president lincoln in the office we now share and humbling because of you, the american people. as i said earlier today, we have learned again that democracy is precious and because of you democracy has prevailed. that is whyjill and l. prevailed. that is whyjill and i, kamala and doug wanted to make sure they are our inauguration was not about us but about you, the american people. this is a great nation and we are a good people. and to overcome the challenges in front of us requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy, unity. it requires us to come together in common love that defines us as americans. opportunity, liberty, dignity and respect and unite against common foes, hate, violence, disease and hopelessness. america's story depends on not any one of us, not on some of us but on all of us. on the way the people. that is the task before us. the only
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way we will get through the darkness around us. there are moments in our history when more is asked of us as americans and we saw that in the civil war. we saw that with doctor king, dreaming from these steps across the mall. we are in one of those moments now. the pandemic, economic crisis, racial injustice, the climate crisis and threats to our very democracy. the question is, are we up to it? will we meet the moment, like our forebears will we meet the moment, like ourforebears have? i believe we must and i believe we will. you, the american people, other reason why i have never been more mystic about america than i am this very day. there is nothing we cannot do if we do it together and that is what you will see tonight. stories of ordinary americans who do extraordinary things. that is
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how we will celebrate america and respect and represent america in our time in office. america, and america built of decency and dignity, of love and healing. of greatness and goodness. of possibilities. this is a story that guides us and inspires us and unites us today and always. so thank you for this honour. i will give my all to you. may god bless america and may god protect our troops. america and may god protect our troo s. ., ~ america and may god protect our troos. ., ~' ,, ~ troops. thank you, mr president. _ troops. thank you, mrj president. throughout troops. thank you, mr - president. throughout tonight we are — president. throughout tonight we are giving special thanks to americans who keep our nation moving — americans who keep our nation moving forward despite all obstacles. they are our friends they— obstacles. they are our friends they are — obstacles. they are our friends they are our neighbours. they keep— they are our neighbours. they keep us— they are our neighbours. they keep us from going hungry. they
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educate our children and make sacrifices — educate our children and make sacrifices both personal and professional to help us all hang _ professional to help us all hang on— professional to help us all hang on for another meal, for another— hang on for another meal, for another day until next month. we could _ another day until next month. we could not cope without them and by— we could not cope without them and by their example and they have _ and by their example and they have encouraged many others to 'oin have encouraged many others to join them — have encouraged many others to join them in performing at of kindness— join them in performing at of kindness and decency and the easing — kindness and decency and the easing of— kindness and decency and the easing of shared burdens. with easing of shared burdens. with love and understanding and with small— love and understanding and with small act— love and understanding and with small act of— love and understanding and with small act of kindness, _ love and understanding and with small act of kindness, we - love and understanding and with small act of kindness, we showl small act of kindness, we show up small act of kindness, we show up for— small act of kindness, we show up for each _ small act of kindness, we show up for each other— small act of kindness, we show up for each other in— small act of kindness, we show up for each other in big - small act of kindness, we show up for each other in big ways. up for each other in big ways and — up for each other in big ways and small— up for each other in big ways and small ones— up for each other in big ways and small ones again - up for each other in big ways and small ones again and . up for each other in big ways- and small ones again and again. it is and small ones again and again. it is what — and small ones again and again. it is what so _ and small ones again and again. it is what so many _ and small ones again and again. it is what so many of _ and small ones again and again. it is what so many of you - and small ones again and again. it is what so many of you are - it is what so many of you are doing — it is what so many of you are doing right now, for your. doing right now, for your loved ones. — doing right now, for your loved ones. for— doing right now, for your loved ones, for complete _ doing right now, for your loved ones, for complete strangers, i ones, for complete strangers, for your— ones, for complete strangers, for your communities. - ones, for complete strangers, foryour communities. i- ones, for complete strangers, for your communities.- for your communities. i am aaivin for your communities. i am giving 138 _ for your communities. i am giving 138 care _ for your communities. i am giving 138 care packages i for your communities. i am giving 138 care packages to j giving 138 care packages to senior citizens. they mean more to us than anything else. ihi. to us than anything else. hi. my name — to us than anything else. hi. my name is _ to us than anything else. hi. my name is cavanagh bell and
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eyes spread positivity to inspire others to change the world. because the pandemic left so many indeed i decided to make care packs help elderly people in my community. and now i am able to gather supplies to give to families across the country. thanks to the people who pitched in every day to help. that is why love wins. and i am so excited to introduce the amazing song, better days. from memphis here is an clements and justin timberlake. # there isa is a light at the end of the tunnel # keep your eyes on the road ahead # but if you are
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feeling lost in the night, it is ok to cry, just as long as you hold your head # because we are on our way to better, better days ahead # it gets worse before it gets better # but better is ahead # better is ahead # letter days are coming # better days are coming # better days, better days # better days, better days # better days, better days # better days are coming # i know you have been kicked out and stepped on, let down and faith gone # lay there for too long, for something to lean on # you
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feel weak, just be strong, deep breath and stay strong # press on, press on, press on # you will see there is i am laura trevelyan in washington, dc. in london i am mike emily. the headlines. once aaain we mike emily. the headlines. once again we have — mike emily. the headlines. once again we have learnt _ mike emily. the headlines. once again we have learnt that - again we have learnt that democracy is precious. democracy is fragile and at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed. the president wrote a generous letter. because it was private i will not talk about it until i will not talk about it until i talked to him but it was generous.

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