This is your time: Barack Obama to Joe Biden on becoming President of USA1 min read . Updated: 20 Jan 2021, 10:51 PM IST
- Joe Biden, 78, became the oldest U.S. president in history
Former President of United States Barack Obama has congratulated Joe Biden on a day when he became the 46th President of United States of America.
Barack Obama wrote on Twitter,"Congratulations to my friend, President@JoeBiden! This is your time."
Democrat Joe Biden was sworn in as president of the United States on Wednesday, assuming the helm of a country reeling from deep political divides, a battered economy and a raging coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 400,000 Americans.
With his hand on a five-inch thick heirloom Bible that has been in his family for more than a century, Biden took the presidential oath of office administered by U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts just after noon (1700 GMT), vowing to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Biden, 78, became the oldest U.S. president in history at a scaled-back ceremony in Washington that was largely stripped of its usual pomp and circumstance, due both to the coronavirus and security concerns following the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump.