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Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar has opened the inaugural proceedings.
“This ceremony is a culmination of 244 years of a democracy,” said Klobuchar.
“It falls on all of us, not just the two leaders inaugurated today, to take up the torch of our democraccy, not as a weapon of political arson, but as an instrument for good,” she said.
“We celebrate a new President, Joe Biden, who vows to restore the soul of America and cross the river of our divides to a higher plane,” she said.
“We celebrate our first African American, first Asian American and first woman vice president, Kamala Harris,” she said.