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Biden sworn in as nation's 46th president

Joe BidenJoe BidenMilitary must better understand sexual assaults to combat them The Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population On The Money: Democrats make full-court press on expanded child tax credit | White House confident Congress will raise debt ceiling MORE was sworn in on Wednesday as the 46th president of the United States, capping a winding political career and marking the beginning of a new administration.

Biden, surrounded by his family, was given the oath of office by Chief Justice John Roberts at 11:49 a.m. outside the west side of the U.S. Capitol. Biden was sworn in using the Bible used by his late son, Beau Biden, and has been in the family since 1893.

Biden campaigned on a pledge to unite the nation, and he takes office at a tumultuous time in American history. He will be tasked with navigating a raging pandemic, a lagging economy and deep divisions that were on display on Wednesday as former President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE declined to attend the inauguration proceedings.

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“This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve," Biden said in his inaugural address.

Biden's inaugural speech lasted about 20 minutes and included repeated calls for unity, as well as a moment of silence to acknowledge the more than 400,000 people in America who have died from the coronavirus.

“This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge. And unity is the path forward. And we must meet this moment as the United States of America," Biden said. "If we do that, I guarantee you we will not fail."

Biden, 78, previously served as vice president under Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama: Voting rights bill must pass before next election The world's most passionate UFO skeptic versus the government Biden plans to host Obama for portrait unveiling that Trump skipped: report MORE and spent decades representing Delaware in the U.S. Senate. He won the 2020 election, though former President Trump refused to concede. Former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceIf you care about the US, root for China to score a win in space Pence heckled with calls of 'traitor' at conservative conference The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay MORE attended Wednesday's ceremonies as a representative from the outgoing administration.

-- Updated at 12:26 p.m.