President Biden enters office, initiates 100-day plan

Prior to his inauguration, Biden detailed his plans for his first 100 days in office. His pandemic-focused plans included enforcing a nation-wide mask mandate, rejoining the World Health Organization, and spending an additional $25 million on vaccine production and distribution. 

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President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States (U.S.) in Washington, D.C. last Wednesday.

President Biden took his presidential oath of office at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building in front of a limited live audience, which included former president Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. His swearing-in was followed by an inaugural address, where he pledged to emphasize unity and address the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“My fellow Americans, in the work ahead of us, we will need each other,” President Biden said in his speech. “We are entering what may well be the toughest and deadliest period of the virus. We must set aside the politics and finally face this pandemic as one nation.”

Prior to his inauguration, Biden detailed his plans for his first 100 days in office. His pandemic-focused plans included enforcing a nation-wide mask mandate, rejoining the World Health Organization, and spending an additional $25 million on vaccine production and distribution. 

“President Biden’s 100-day plan is extremely ambitious,” senior Tyler Chang said. “I respect his commitment to equitable immigration, health and security. I am eager to see if he accomplishes the aspects of his plan.”

During Biden’s first day in office, notable actions included the repealment of the Muslim travel ban, a mask mandate in federal buildings and during interstate travel and rejoining of the Paris climate accord. 

“I am looking forward to what [President] Biden does next,” senior Sam Hingco said. “During his time in office, I hope he can address the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism and climate change. The public must hold him accountable and demand effective, just policies.”

Since then, Biden has also halted funding for the construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, created the COVID-19 Pandemic Testing Board and directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in establishing federally-funded community vaccination sites.