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for all parties to flash from causing the good times this is where the welcome to the 77 percent. this weekend or do you w. . this is g.w. news and these are our top stories joe biden has entered the white house for the 1st time as u.s. president he's expected to sign executive orders including rejoining the paris climate accord and stepping up coronavirus pandemic measures earlier he was sworn into office and gave an inaugural address stressing the need for national unity. harris made history by becoming the 1st woman to be sworn in as vice president. former president donald trump has broken with more than 150 years of tradition by
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refusing to attend biden's inauguration trump instead address supporters at andrews air force base before departing for his mar a lago resort in a florida he promised to return in some form. germany has extended its current lockdown until at least the mid of february with tighter restrictions on what types of masks may be worn in public places and more working from home chancellor angela merkel and state leaders announced the measures amid concerns over new variants of the coronavirus. this is due to the news from berlin follow us on twitter and instagram at d w news or visit our website dot com. or forward or. 2 weeks ago a mob of donald trump supporters stormed the u.s.
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capitol it was a near death experience for american democracy and the entire world watched in horror today in the same space american democracy's resilience joe biden became the new us president harris the new vice president there was no mention of truong instead a promise to end 4 years of america's split screen reality show no more laws against the truth no more americans against americans i'm burnt off in berlin this is the day. the 46 president of the united states just said biden jr this is america's day. this is democracy's day i will be your president for all americans all american policies doesn't have to be
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a raging fire we must end this civil war. the pitch really gives blue we can do this if we open our soul so the hard work thank god bless america and may god protect our troops thank you america. also coming up the history being written by and embodied income harris today she became the 1st person of color and the 1st woman to become vice president of the united states it didn't you're going to change. these people and. i'm sure not things that. doctors want to hear. please raise your right hand and repeat after me i joseph robinette biden jr do
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solemnly swear joseph biden you do solemnly swear that i will faithfully execute that i will faithfully execute the office of president of the united states office of president of the united states and will to the best of my ability will want to build preserve protect and defend conserve protect and defend the constitution of the united states constitution of the united states so help you god help me god congratulations mr president a hit. and with that oath joe biden became the 46 president of the united states of america to our viewers on p.b.s. in the us and to our viewers all around the world welcome we begin the day with a new u.s. president a new u.s. vice president and a declaration to end america's uncivil war today joe biden became the $46.00 us
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president come a harris became his vice president the significance of this day for democracy around the world it can't be overstated the challenges facing this new administration the homemade crises where they are just as great tonight we take a pause from the politics and focus on the people do today began a new chapter in u.s. history the faces of personalities on parade today caught our attention we were transfixed by the mixture of power thing talent and even the surreal and the absurd there were former u.s. presidents in attendance today the clintons the bush family and the obama there was an amazing performance of the national anthem by lady gaga and old the irony of it all sitting among the new president and vice president were members of congress and just had. cruz who 2 weeks ago claimed biden's election may not be legitimate and
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there was also mitch mcconnell the senate majority leader who for the past 4 years up until the storming of the u.s. capitol had been donald trump the strongest congressional supporter. well all of this speaks to the diversity of america but also to the division within the nation the united states is arguably almost as divided as it was when the civil war began in $860.00 president biden made it a point to address this division and his commitment to unity this is america's day this is democracy day a day of history and hope every know every zone. through a crucible for the ages america has been tested a new and america has risen to the challenge all right that was the newly elected their president biden to talk about this new day i'm joined tonight by laurence
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douglass he's a professor of law at amherst college in massachusetts in the u.s. professor douglas it's good to have you on the program tonight i have heard many people describing today with a big sigh of relief almost as if they've been liberated from the recent past how would you describe today and its significance to the world. yeah i mean i certainly share in that sense. of immense relief it's like having a kind of us put on your chest removed and you know obviously if it's a great day for the united states i think it's a great day you know not to overstate the importance of the united states to the rest of the world but i do think it is a great day for the rest of the world as well in as much as it looks like the united states at least for now has passed the kind of stress test to democracy that we were subjected to by president trump and i also think it's you know we can turn
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turn turn to you know policy initiatives such as trying to respond aggressively and determent of leads to a climate change you know i think united states is now willing to not simply to take part in that global effort but really to to lead again and i think that's crucial you know the u.s. president bringing the united states back into the paris climate agreement today after taking the oath of office this pursuit of unity we know that it will keep this new administration busy in the near future i want you to take a listen to what president biden said about that today with unity we can do great things important things we can right wrongs we can put people to work in good jobs we can teach our children in safe schools we can overcome the deadly virus we can reward reward work and rebuild the middle class and make health care secure for all we can deliver racial justice and we can make america once again the leading force
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for good in the world i mean that's a big task is going to begin to there before him professor douglas what do you say what would you say is it true that america is a nation in need of unity. yes i think it's fair to say that you know we need to bear in mind that. your 50000000 americans apparently continue to buy into the lying conspiracy theory that donald trump actually captured the november 3rd election. and we need to also bear in mind that there are 2 weeks ago when we saw their respect images of the storming of the capitol that after that assent the majority of house members republican members of the house of representatives still voted not to recognize
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biden's electoral victory and so this nation remains deeply divided and those divisions will not disappear with donald trump moving down to florida we remain a country in which a social media plays a very very big role in contributing to those divisions and of course we have this problem with the right wing media the way in which we have these 7 media outlets that also contribute very very mightily to the divisions of ideological reasons but more because there are his money apparently to be earned by by stoking these divisions how would you explain professor to our global audience the fact that we saw people like mitch mcconnell or ted cruz today at the inauguration in 2 weeks ago ted cruz was standing in the u.s. senate saying the election of by was not legitimate. right well
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i don't you know i do think that it's hard to underestimate the mission and the opportunism of someone like a senator cruz you know i think he certainly is positioning himself to try to run for the white house probably in 2024 i think it probably is very clear to him. that just as an opportunistic calculus that he took it as a result of getting up before the senate and giving a speech recall that speech occurred great piece for the storming of the capitol and so he gave a speech urging his colleagues not to certify biden's victory and i think he has taken political hits as a result of that and so he simply tried to make amends you know mitch mcconnell who i think also you know you can describe as i think it a deeply crafty and cynical politician actually to his credit he gave you know
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a quite moving speech before the just in the middest before the capitol invasion telling his fellow senate republicans that it was time that they recognized that biden had actually won a fair election and that to continue to indulge the lie that trump had captured the white house was really to endanger our democracy so i felt a little less. pained by seeing mitch mcconnells presence at the inauguration as a seeing crucis was somewhat ironic to see him there but yeah irenaeus one way to describe it for sure i'd like to talk a little bit more about what lays before this new president but before we do that let's take a look at the 50 year path that led joe biden to the white house as u.s. president today. it began half a century ago at 29 joseph biden was one of the youngest candidates ever elected to
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the senate his success laced with sadness when just weeks later his wife and daughter died in a car accident by and remarried and launched his 1st presidential bid in 1907 and again 20 years later my grandmother would yell out spread the faith. barack obama chose him to be his running mate. the best vice president has ever had mr joe biden . biden looked resigned to never quite reaching the nation's highest office and tell donald trump came along that's why the day and analyse my kid to see the president of the united states. president we have to put with his decades of experience biden said he was the man to restore america's standing in the world that he was the man for the moment i'll be a president will stand with our allies and friends and make it clear to our adversaries the days of cozying up to dictators is over he promised to show
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leadership in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic it's estimated that nearly another 210000 americans could lose their lives by the end of the year and nothing no more let's just set partisanship aside let's end the politics and follow the signs. ultimately the voters agreed electing biden the nation's 46th president but the election was divisive and his opponent donald trump refused to concede instead pushing conspiracy theories about his loss biden refused to engage with trump's attacks seeking to stay above the fray that became difficult when a mob inspired by trump stormed the capitol building. like so many other americans i am genuinely shocked and saddened that our nation. so long the
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beacon of light hope for democracy has come to such a dark moment. but america survived that day and by now has 4 years to offer the leadership and healing he has promised. professor douglas would you say joe biden is the right man at the right time for america i think he is i think he is in the sense that he's a centrist he is a genuinely decent person who really is dedicated to the project of trying to bring americans together and i think he is someone who has a tremendous amount of experience i mean one of the things that we need to bear in mind is in addition to the way that the trump presidency. you know really damaged core values of american constitutional democracy is also a deeply dysfunctional presidency and it basically evacuated from
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positions of power many many many competent people answered i did as someone who is exceptionally competent exceptionally experienced and you know he will at the very least be able to quickly restore a baseline of competency in the running of the federal government that's crucial and is crucial i think i've heard the word decency mentioned today more than in the past 4 years put together let's focus for a moment now and biden's vice president coming to harris him she made history today take a listen. please raise your right hand repeat after. i come up to the past to some loosely living psalmist that i will support and defend the constitution of the i did states to support and it was just such a good night against all enemies foreign and. hard that i will be
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here to face meetings to say that will bear true faith and allegiance to the fact that i take this obligation freely that i take up a good feeling without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion without any mental reservation or purpose that i will well and faithfully discharge that i will be leaving the duties of the office on which i am about to enter the duty of that of the office upon which i am about to self-help so help me god. the president was if judged by diffused the link to the past and the anchor for the present is coming what harris issued the beginning to america's future. i certainly hope so i mean she's a you know a very accomplished woman's she was
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a. a very accomplished. attorney general in california she's been a very accomplished senator and and she obviously you know simply by virtue of being a woman and a woman of color she can next should be to the diversity of the united states and she's a very very loyal intelligent competence person who hopefully can carry the mantle of democratic. leadership on the you know into the coming decades you know historians truly it's one of america's immigrant identity and it's you know embodies this american dream of hard work and perseverance paying off here's more about the new vice president. comma harris grew up here a quiet neighborhood across the bay from san francisco her mother raised her to be
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strong and to prove herself through her work she studied at the historically black howard university in washington d.c. . then got her law degree in san francisco her career ascent began in california in 2003 she was elected as san francisco's 1st female district attorney in 2011 she became california's attorney general or she oversaw the state's legalization of gay marriage in 2017 harris was elected to the u.s. senate she quickly gained a reputation as a tough question or a grilling facebook c.e.o. mark zuckerberg and donald trump supreme court pick brett kavanaugh i'm not remembering but if you have something you want i'm just trying to think do i know anyone who works that firm i might know that he had that's not my question my question is have you had a conversation with anyone at that firm about that investigation it's a really specific question. in january 29000 she announced her run for the white
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house. i don't think. i stand before you today to announce my candidacy. i. harris dropped out but then became joe biden's running mate she proved to be an avid campaigner and debater paris's father is from jamaica and her mother was born in india that makes her the 1st black and the 1st asian american vice president hopes are high with the new administration right and that is the hope thanks. i'm sure you know things very good. doctors want to have it. it's been a long way to the vice presidency but america has spoken and harris is now headed for her place in history. the president let me ask you to look into your crystal
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ball for a moment here where do you see harris in 4 or 8 years. well let me just actually. look into the crystal ball to see what she's going to do next few years because i do think it is worth emphasizing that you know the role of the vice president sometimes looks somewhat more ceremonial than it does substantive but remember that the only reason the democrats presently have a majority in the senate. with the actual composition of the senate split $5050.00 between democrats and republicans is that as vice president come with her she will also preside as president of the senate and will cast the tie breaking vote so i think she could play a very a substantive and important role in the creation of policy and law in the
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coming years and you know we've seen in the that even in this past election season she begged expressed her ambitions of to become president and now obviously she suspended and that campaign but i assume that there she will be all running for president and it could be as early as 2024 because biden as we all know is the oldest person to to assume the presidency. and it is possible possible that biden himself will choose not to run for reelection in 2024 so it certainly is possible that harris is going to be the room to basically carry the democratic politics forward into again the end of this decade we've got about a minute left let me ask you about donald trump has the world seen the last of him and how secure would you say the 2024 alexion how secure will they be.
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well one thing i think we need to bear in mind is that you know the trip was just impeached for the 2nd time and he earned the dubious distinction of being the 2nd the only president in american history to enjoy it to have that dubious distinction and and even though he has left office the trial was sokol trial in the senate is going to continue and he know your viewers might be asking well what's the point of trying to remove him from office if he's already left and what we need to remember is one of the sanctions that the constitution commonplace. through the impeachment process is to disqualify someone from running again in the future and so i think it would be important to have the senate so-called convict trump to make sure that he can stage any kind of combat in 2024. ok professor lawrence douglas professor of law at amherst college in massachusetts we appreciate your time and your insights tonight so on this historic day thank you my pleasure.
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well there was a final departure from the white house today donald trump and his wife melania left the white house for a final time headed for florida trumped in another break with tradition did not attend the inauguration of his successor the image today incredibly stark and sobering trump began today as the most powerful man on the planet he ended the day out of work sitting by the swimming pool what kind of legacy does he deserve how should history judge him. thank you very much and we love you and i can tell you that from the bottom of my heart this is been an incredible 4 years it is my greatest honor and privilege to have been your president i will always fight for you. i will be watching i will be listening and i will tell you that
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the future of this country has never been better i wish the new administration great luck and great success. i think they'll have great success they have the foundation to do something really spectacular things that we've done have been just incredible and i couldn't have done i'm done it without you so just. a goodbye we love you we will be back in some form so have a good life we will see you soon thank you thank you. thank you. the final words there from donald trump in his final moments as u.s. president where the day is almost on the conversation it continues online you'll find us on twitter either at the w. news you can follow me at brant go off t.v. we'll leave you tonight with images of this very historic day and remember whatever happens between now and then tomorrow is another day we'll see you then everybody. it's easy to. look. up in it like.
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us. us. us. who's. see. we're a people of many races creeds and colors national backgrounds cultures and styles. some hope oh so under a new president to reconcile the people of our lands. helping .
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me to graduations mr president the. us this is america's day. this is democracy yes i am.
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discovery. documentary. feed my. approach and i understand that in the fishing industry it's not what we expected crystallizing be on your part and it's all you have to go on to your opinion because the bishop confirms all getting everything off and don't think there's a little bit unfair it was in doubt right up to the last minute but on christmas eve the e.u. and britain clinched a free trade deal for the post directly below now at least in the u.k. there are some hard realities to deal with and plenty of shouts of betrayal my guest this week from aberdeen in scotland is andrew by.

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