Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic Justice on the Supreme Court, swore in Kamala Harris as Vice President.
Kamala Harris was sworn in as Vice President of America, making her the first woman, the first woman of color, the first Black person, and the first South Asian to hold the post. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic Justice on the Supreme Court, swore in Kamala Harris as Vice President, reported CNN. Kamala Harris was accompanied by her husband Doug Emhoff to the inauguration ceremony on Capitol Hill. Kamala Harris wore a purple dress as a nod to Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman to run for president.
Daughter of two immigrants
Kamala Harris, the daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father, is now second in command after being sworn in as Vice President. Harris took oath using two Bibles, one of a former neighbor and a family friend of Harris, Regina Shelton, and another that belonged to Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court. As we reported earlier, Harris described Regina Shelton as a second mother to her. Kamala Harris had also used Shelton's Bible to take the oath of office as attorney general of California and Senator.
#BREAKING: Kamala Harris is sworn in as Vice President.#Inauguration pic.twitter.com/brz42PWBVV— CSPAN (@cspan) January 20, 2021
Change is here
Joe Biden pointed to Kamala Harris being second in command as a sign of things to come. "Today, we mark the swearing-in of the first woman in American history elected to national office, Vice President Kamala Harris. Don't tell me things can't change," said Biden.
As tomorrow approaches and I prepare to take on the role of @SecondGentleman, I have a growing sense of responsibility. But I know we wouldn't be here without the support of so many—family, friends, and beyond.— Doug Emhoff (@DouglasEmhoff) January 19, 2021
Thank you for being in our corner as we take on this next chapter.
Kamala Harris: Ready to serve
No sooner than being sworn in and receiving control of the @VP Twitter account, Kamala Harris sent a strong message to America, writing, "Ready to serve." The Twitter account of @POTUS has also been transferred to President Joe Biden. Unlike Donald Trump. Mike Pence attended the inauguration ceremony on Capitol Hill and also left a note for Kamala Harris, wishing success. The pair had also spoken on the phone earlier this week.
Ready to serve.— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) January 20, 2021
Biden-Kamala Harris honor Coronavirus victims
A day ahead of their inauguration, Biden and Harris paid tribute to those who lost their lives to the Coronavirus pandemic. Speaking in front of the Lincoln Memorial at sunset, Harris said, "Tonight, we grieve and begin healing together," said Harris, reported. "Though we may be physically separated, we, the American people, are united in spirit." More than 400,000 people have died from Coronavirus in America so far. Biden also honored the victims during the inauguration ceremony. "In my first act as President, I'd like to ask you to join me in a moment of silent prayer to remember all of those who we lost this past year to the pandemic," said Biden. "Those 400,000 fellow Americans — moms, dads, husbands, wives, sons, daughters, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. We'll honor them and become the people and nation we know we can and should be," he added.