As a nation, we have commemorated 58 presidential inaugurations. This week, we mark the 59th. On Wednesday, standing at the West Front of the United States Capitol, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will take the oath of office as the 46th president of the United States. Even after the events of the past few weeks—especially after the events of past weeks—Americans will witness the peaceful transition of power.
A constitutional form of self-government, a government that exists by the consent of the governed, an elected chief executive, require solemnity and dignity with the transfer of power. Our Constitution requires an oath of office, and that oath is made in public, before the nation and the watching world.
All Americans, those who voted for Joe Biden and those who did not, must respect the majesty of our constitutional order and the virtues of citizenship that make it possible.
Our task today is to pray for our nation, and for our new President. May God bless the United States of America.