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Jill Biden thanks 'service members, first responders, civil servants' in first video statement

Jill Biden thanks 'service members, first responders, civil servants' in first video statement
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First lady Jill BidenJill BidenJill Biden redefines role of first lady Biden faces criticism over push to vaccinate teachers Overnight Health Care: Biden slams Texas, Mississippi for lifting coronavirus restrictions: 'Neanderthal thinking' | Senate panel splits along party lines on Becerra |Over 200K sign up for ACA plans during Biden special enrollment period MORE published her first video statement to her official @FLOTUS Twitter account early Thursday morning, thanking those who contributed to the 59th presidential inauguration.

Speaking in the video, Biden said America saw “hope and optimism” in the inauguration that took place under unique circumstances, given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and Capitol riot earlier this month.

More than 20,000 National Guardsmen flooded Washington, D.C., following the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol carried out by a mob of people supporting former President TrumpDonald TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE. Much of the Capitol area was shut down and saw heightened security for the inauguration.

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“As a National Guard mom, I’m grateful for our service members, first responders, civil servants who have put in hours upon hours of work to make sure that our inauguration was a reflection of the pride and promise of our nation,” Biden said. “I’m grateful for the families who supported them and I’m grateful for everyone who calls this city home who made us feel so welcome.”

“Thank you for everything you’ve done to make this inauguration special for Joe and me. But most of all, for your fellow Americans,” she said.

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President BidenJoe BidenLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Fauci predicts high schoolers will receive coronavirus vaccinations this fall Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE's late son Beau Biden was a member of the Delaware Army National Guard, and the state National Guard headquarters was named after him in 2016.

Biden was sworn into office Wednesday afternoon as the nation's 46th president in a ceremony seeking to unify the country amid deep divisions. The ceremony was largely scaled back due to the pandemic.

The first lady hailed the ceremony as the "culmination of thousands of people working together to create something incredible. Especially, in this uniquely difficult year.”