Joseph R. Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, replacing one-term President Donald J. Trump as the occupant of the White House.

Biden, 78, is the oldest President to be sworn in. He served eight years as Vice President under the 44th President, Barack Obama, and also spent nearly 40 years as a U.S. Senator in Delaware. Biden was born in Scranton, Penn. His Vice President, Kamala Harris, becomes the first female to become second in command.

Biden ran as a moderate Democrat who stressed unity and healing during the campaign.

“… Here’s the thing about life: there’s no accounting for what fate will deal you,” he said during his inauguration speech. “Some days, when you need a hand. There are other days when we are called to lend a hand. That’s how it has to be. That’s what we do for one another. And if we are this way, our country stronger, more prosperous, more ready for the future. We can still disagree.”

During his speech, Biden addressed the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 400,000 Americans in less than a year — roughly the same number of Americans who died in a four-year span during World War 2 (405,399). “My fellow Americans, in the work ahead of us we’re going to need each other. We need all our strength to persevere through this dark winter. We’re entering what may be the toughest and deadliest period of the virus. We must set aside politics and finally face this pandemic as one nation. … As the Bible says, We be may endure through the night, but joy cometh in the morning. We will get through this together, together.”

Former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama attended Biden’s inauguration, and so did outgoing Vice President Mike Pence.