tv President Biden Holds Swearing-in Ceremony for Presidential Appointees CSPAN January 20, 2021 10:35pm-10:49pm EST
thank you so much. >> president joe biden held a virtual swearing-in ceremony from the state dining room of the white house. the address nearly 1000 appointees and staff. >> ladies and gentlemen. the president of the united states. >> hello, kathy. >> good evening, everyone. on behalf of the white house office of presidential personnel, i am delighted to welcome you for the swearing-in of the day one appointees of applied in paris administration we are joined by hundreds of white house staff and hundreds more agency appointees, all of
us have been great privilege of serving our country. i was privileged to hear many of your stories during the hiring process, some of you have worked in government before and thought your days of service were behind you. until finding yourself in this moment, others have never worked in government and bring perspective to the book that lies ahead. some of you graduate college, veterans who have borne our nations uniform. dollars and sons of immigrants for immigrants yourself. have introduced your job while wrapping up work in presidential campaigns and others interviewed covid or caring for family members who were ill.
all of you share in the hope we have for the biden harris administration and each of you have answered the calls to serve. having worked in government, i know that no public service does this work alone i'd like to welcome and acknowledge all our appointees who will support the work ahead and now it's my honor and privilege to introduce a true public service for whom i was so lucky for more than three decades ago who administered the oath of office, president of the united states. mr. president. >> thank you. hello, team. i mean that sincerely. the one team, jill and i and kamala and doug are humbled by today's in operation. it makes me realize what an obligation we have. i'm looking at all your photographs, i'm supposed to be looking straight ahead but i want to look at you while talking to you i mean it. we have a nation and great privilege, very few times as an individual get the opportunity
fundamentally positively impacting other lives not only here but around the world. your engagement and working with the most decent government in the world and we have to restore this country and i'm counting on all of you to be part of that. it is not hyperbole. the only thing i expect with servitude is honesty and decency the way you treat one another and the people who deal with. i mean that sincerely. remember, people don't work for us, we work for the people. i work for the people. they pay my salary, they pay your salary put their faith in you, i put my faith in you. we have an obligation. we ran on a promise that this administration would look like america looks. that is the best of our nation, it opens doors and closes the
talents we have and all our people that meant asking you and your families to serve. we are honored accepted the call and i'm not been solicit, we owe you families, those of you working in the white house and those here and working in other agencies, you're going to work like the devil. we all do. we put in long hours and it shouldn't be something you should do a messy the care about it a great deal. there are few moments in our history in my view, our nation has been more tested than we are now a public service will matter more and history measures and our fellow americans will measure us by how decent, honorable and smart was then in terms of looking out for their interest. to contain a pandemic, administer vaccine, it's the
most consequential logistical thing ever done in the u.s. it will take a lot, an awful lot. a rescued economy. we have so many opportunities to build back so much better. i said from the beginning that when the american people have the chance, they have never ever let the country down. that is not hyperbole. some thought my party and some thought in the country and in the press when i said i was running for three reasons. i was running to restore america, common decency, honor, doing what you say you are going to do. treat people with respect. my dad had an expression, every single person, regardless of their background treated with dignity. i expect you to do that through
all that you deal with, all the folks we work for. the american people and keep it safe and secure from the threats and the unseen, systemic racism, we've reached a time the american people have had blinders taken off, they've been taken off and realize they didn't realize before how much systemic racism still exists because they didn't live in circumstances where the large minority populations, whatever the background was. all of a sudden they see what happened with george floyd, his nose pushed up against the curb and suffocated to death and murder. they said my god, that really happens. the young man had the courage to stand eight minutes and 44 seconds and take that picture. the whole world responded. we have a chance to change things and the reason i got involved in politics as a kid at 26 years old, to try to redline
it. i really mean it. we shouldn't be doing unless you feel it. i always say, simple proposition. i trust people more, the idea and concern starts in your gut, close to your heart and rather than the person who thinks intellectually but never feels it. people count on the once white socks in the gut and works their way to the heart. do what needs to be done. we have a lot going on, we can meet this threat of climate change. i really believe it. again, the world has figured out, the u.s. has figured out, it makes a gigantic difference. these unseen threats so much more we can do. we have an awful lot to do.
i know your heart, your dedication and commitment to this nation. i know you can do it. we are going to do it by leaving with one core american value, humility. trust, diversity. competency and family. thank you families for the sacrifices. i'm not joking when i say this, if you ever work with me and i hear you treated with disrespect, talked down to someone, i will fire you on the spot. on the spot. now if, and/or butts. everybody, everybody will be treated with decency and dignity. the last four years, all your backgrounds and talk to me and the capacity to do it. we are going to be judged whether or not restored the
integrity of this government. the last thing i will say, i will make mistakes. when i make them, i will acknowledge them and i will tell you. i will need your help to correct them. we are not going to walk away, we take responsibility. that's what we do. as with so many of you have done throughout your career and expect you to do it again so i am happy we are starting happy to join all of you. there are almost 1000 of you on this call and your families to thank you, thank you very much. in this nation, everyone. everyone given an opportunity. that is who we are as a country and that is who we always have been thought to be. i was asked a long time ago when i was with xi jinping, he asked
me privately, he and i we had an interpreter, he said define america for me. i said yes, i meant it. i can do it in one word. possibilities. possibilities. anything is possible if we set our minds to it. unlike any other country in the world. possibilities. we will get this done. i am honored now to administer the oath of office to each of you. if you will, raise your right hand and repeat after me. i, state your name, do solemnly swear i will support and defend the constitution of the united states. against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that i will bear true
faith and allegiance to the same, that i take this obligation freely, without any reservation. i will well and faithfully discharge the duties of office of which i am about to enter. so help me god. thank you. welcome, as i my mom would say, god love you all. we got a lot of work to do. thank you for being willing to join. bye-bye. i am not concerned. i'm confident we can move quickly.
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