Biden, of course, served as Obama’s vice president for eight years — and now it’s his turn to lead the country. This is the United States of America,” he said. Moments after everyone said their greetings, Harris and Biden said their oaths of office, officially ushering in a new era in United States history. Democracy is fragile. The United States’ first Black president gleefully returned the gesture with a huge smile on his face. When newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden approached the dais with First Lady Jill Biden, he stopped to fist bump Obama, too. “Today, we mark the swearing in of the first woman in American history elected to national office, Vice President Kamala Harris. “We’ve learned again that democracy is precious. Former President Barack Obama fist bumps Kamala Harris before she’s sworn in as the next vice president, 1/20/21 (AP Images)

There was actually a lot of fist-bumping going on at the event. The first Black President, @BarackObama, greets the first Black and first female (!) Vice President, @KamalaHarris with a fist bump.🤜🏾🇺🇸🤛🏾#BidenHarrisInauguration #InaugurationDay pic.twitter.com/s6yqyeq4Td
— Dena Grayson, MD, PhD (@DrDenaGrayson) January 20, 2021

He also gave a shoutout to his new vice president, whom he selected as his running mate in August 2020. With now former President Donald Trump‘s presidency over, Biden stressed in a speech that unity between Republicans and Democrats was the only way to heal the nation. Before being sworn in as the nation’s first female, Black, and South Asian president, Kamala Harris stopped to bump fists with former President Barack Obama. And at this hour, my friends: democracy has prevailed!”

LOVE THIS! “Unity is the path forward. It was a small, sweet moment between two history-makers that got major attention on Inauguration Day. The first Black president, Barack Obama, shared a fist bump with the first Black vice president, Kamala Harris, before her inauguration and the photo is filled with so much joy! Though they both wore protective face masks during the inauguration, you can see it in their eyes! Harris, wearing purple to honor Shirley Chisholm, also shared a bump with former First Lady Michelle Obama. Don’t tell me things can’t change,” he declared. This was a major day for their friendship.

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