Reaction to the swearing-in of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris:
“President Joe Biden, grounded by faith and family and love for country, assumes our nation’s highest office at a moment of enormous challenge and significant possibility. President Biden, a man who knows tragedy and pain and how to grieve and mourn and get back up, is the right man to lead us through this moment. All of us here in Delaware, who know him, support him, and believe in him, stand proudly with our president, the favorite son of the First State.” – US Sen. Chris Coons, D- Del.
“President Biden and Vice-President Harris were sworn in today and immediately promised to deliver a liberal agenda under the false guise of unity. Rather than acknowledging an even political split in Congress, they announced a liberal wish list of promises that are devoid of political compromise and will fail to pass into law. On top of that, President Biden will issue over a dozen executive actions today, compared to a combined two over the last four presidents. Additionally, liberals hope to do all of this while pursuing a long-running cancel culture vendetta against a former president. I urge our new president to work for all Americans, not just the liberal wing of his party. If he does work for all Americans, I am standing by ready to help. Moving forward, while we will likely have many disagreements on policy, I pray our nation remains blessed during the new administration’s time in office.” – US Rep. Andy Harris, R- Md. 1st
“Today, it was my honor to attend the inauguration of Joe Biden on behalf of the people of Maryland as he was sworn in as our 46th president. Through the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, we show the world that the Constitution, the rule of law, and the will of the people ultimately prevail in the United States of America. As this new administration takes office, I want to offer President Biden my congratulations and my sincere hope for his success. Our nation faces unprecedented challenges. We must defeat this pandemic, restore economic prosperity, and show Americans that we can deliver solutions to the serious problems that face us. We can only do that if we turn the page on the hate and dysfunction that infects our politics and deliver real, bipartisan action. I pledge to President Biden the same spirit of partnership, honesty, and goodwill that I offered to President Trump and President Obama. When we agree, I will never hesitate to work with President Biden for the betterment of the people of Maryland. And when we disagree, I will do so with civility and respect for the office of the president of the United States.” – Gov. Larry Hogan, R- Md.
“Today, America is renewed and refreshed. After the insurrection at the Capitol just two weeks ago and the ugly vitriol that has dominated the last four years, our nation is ready again to embrace opportunity, optimism and the truth. We will confidently re-enter the world stage that has been looking for American leadership. President Joe Biden has challenged Americans to work together to make our country a more perfect union. We are always stronger when we are united, rather than divided by hate. In his address today, President Biden said that ‘together we shall write an American story of hope, not fear. Of unity, not division. Of light, not darkness. A story of decency and dignity, love and healing, greatness and goodness.’
“We have seen firsthand that democracy may be challenged but it is resilient. I stand ready to work with the new Biden-Harris administration to ensure the rule of law and our Constitution continue to overcome whatever tests arise. And we will look forward to how we can make our country more welcoming and compassionate. “There is much work to do. I urge Marylanders and others to heed the call to action from our new president: ‘This is a great nation. We are good people. And over the centuries, through storm and strife, in peace and in war, we’ve come so far. But we still have far to go. We’ll press forward with speed and urgency, for we have much to do in this winter of peril and significant possibilities, much to repair, much to restore, much to heal, much to build, and much to gain.’” – US Sen. Ben Cardin, D- Md.